Anderson shines on Lancashire return
James Anderson celebrated his return to domestic cricket with three scalps on a day where 13 wickets tumbled as neither Warwickshire or Lancashire could seize the initiative in their LV= County Championship clash at Edgbaston.
Variable bounce made batting difficult but the bowlers also had their problems as the footholds in the take-off areas again required running repairs by head groundsman Steve Rouse and his staff.
Anderson claimed two of the last three wickets as Warwickshire were dismissed for 172 and although Lancashire slipped to 27 for three, they recovered to close on 118 for four - a lead of 173.
Although Anderson finished with a creditable 3-57 in his first championship appearance since last July, it was new ball partner Glen Chapple who turned the screw on the home side in the first hour.
Varun Chopra failed to add to his overnight 21 before he was lbw to Chapple’s first ball of the day and Jonathan Trott could easily have gone immediately when an edge off the next delivery failed to carry to first slip.
The prolific England batsman, with more than 1,000 Test runs in the past 12 months, made only nine before giving Chapple his 799th career wicket with the assistance of a routine catch at second slip by Stephen Moore.
Chapple was unable to reach the 800 dismissals milestone but Lancashire made rapid progress through two inexperienced bowlers.
Left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan turned a delivery to have Ian Bell caught behind for 33 and medium-pacer Luke Procter removed Mohammad Yousuf and Rikki Clarke in quick succession en route to career-best figures of 3-33.
Procter, who had captured only one previous first-class wicket, bowled straight and full despite the tricky underfoot conditions at the Pavilion End.
At one point Anderson assisted the younger bowler by scratching out clumps of turf which were then deposited over the boundary rope by umpire Nigel Llong.
Fortunately for Warwickshire they still had Tim Ambrose to squeeze some valuable runs out of the lower order, mostly in a partnership of 56 in 14 overs with hard-hitting all-rounder Keith Barker.
Anderson came back to remove Ambrose, lbw for 43, and Barker was last out for 25, hoisting a catch to extra-cover off Kerrigan.
Lancashire then took their turn to struggle, but the balance of power may have tilted their way as Trott spilled chances at first slip from Mark Chilton and Steven Croft.
Croft was able to progress from 31 to an unbeaten 53 with seven fours. The let-off for Chilton came during their partnership of 61 before he was trapped in front by Chris Woakes, who returned 2-18 from 13 overs.