Anderson excels in Lancashire win

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James Anderson & Luke Wright

James Anderson wheels away in celebration after dismissing Sussex all-rounder Luke Wright with his first ball on the fourth day at Hove

Peter Moores made a winning return to Hove as the new Lancashire coach enjoyed a comfortable eight-wicket win over Sussex in their LV= County Championship Division One opener.

Chief destroyer was James Anderson who finished with 11-109 - the best match figures of his career - after taking 5-53 in Sussex's second innings.

Lancashire were set a target of 158 in 66 overs and despite losing both openers cheaply they eased to victory thanks to an unbroken third-wicket stand of 132 in 30 overs between Ashwell Prince and Francois Du Plessis, which took them to 160 for two from 41.4 overs.

On a pitch which did not deteriorate as much as expected, Sussex made a terrible start after resuming on 148 for five when Anderson, again swinging the ball consistently away from the right-handers, had Luke Wright caught behind off his first ball of the day after the all-rounder had failed to add to his overnight 35.

That set the tone for a dismal morning for Sussex who lost their last five wickets in 48 minutes for the addition of just 19 runs.

Anderson's away swing also proved too good for Tom Smith and Robin Martin-Jenkins as he completed the second 10-wicket match of his career.

Sussex were finished off by slow left-armer Gary Keedy who removed Damien Wright and Ragheb Aga in the space of four balls, both to smartly-taken catches at silly point by Mark Chilton.

Keedy finished with 5-45 after removing Ed Joyce, Murray Goodwin and Matt Prior on the third evening.

Lancashire were left with a tricky target and an exciting finish looked in prospect when Corey Collymore removed both openers for the second time in the match.

The Barbados fast bowler had Paul Horton caught in the covers off a sliced drive before Tom Smith failed to control a cut shot and was held at point.

That left Lancashire 28 for two but it looked relatively easy after lunch for Prince and Du Plessis.

Prince lodged his second half-century of the match and finished with 91 off 117 balls including 11 fours and a six off off-spinner Chris Nash.

Du Plessis was dropped by Prior off Nash shortly before completing his fifty but he contributed 58 off 92 deliveries with seven boundaries as Lancashire wrapped up victory 20 minutes before tea.

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