Northamptonshire v Lancashire, Wantage Road, 4th day April 30, 2014

Anderson's ten earns Lancashire win

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Lancashire 119 and 284 (Buttler 72, Smith 54, Stone 4-65) beat Northamptonshire 164 (Spriegel 62, Anderson 5-48) and 179 (Middlebrook 87, Anderson 5-41) by 60 runs

James Anderson completed a 10-wicket match as Lancashire sealed a 60-run win over Northamptonshire in their first match without Peter Moores at the helm.

Moores has already started work as England head coach and will be thankful to have Anderson at his services in that role, as the seamer claimed the first two wickets on the final morning at Wantage Road to tee up victory and finish with combined figures 10 for 89.

Northamptonshire resumed on the fourth morning 145 for 5 with 95 still to get but instead mustered only 34 as the visitors finished the job in just 15 overs.

James Middlebrook, 78 not out overnight, resumed alongside Ben Duckett, with Anderson beginning alongside skipper Glen Chapple. The former got Lancashire going with the second ball of his third over, snapping up a low return catch off Duckett's leading edge to send him back for 26.

Just two runs were added before Anderson struck again, former team-mate Steven Crook attempting to pull a short ball from outside off stump only to be caught by Luke Procter at mid-on.

That allowed Anderson to finish with 5 for 41 to go with his first-innings effort of 5 for 48, a statement of intent ahead of the international programme.

Northamptonshire retained a theoretical chance as long as Middlebrook remained but when he drilled Chapple to the waiting Ashwell Prince for 87, the result was all but settled. Kabir Ali applied the finishing touch, accounting for Olly Stone and Azharullah to close with 3 for 17 as Lancashire banked 19 points.

Off the field, Lancashire announced the appointment of former club captain Mark Chilton to the coaching staff. Although Chapple has taken an expanded leadership role in Moores' absence, a vacancy behind the scenes was still created and Chilton, who retired in 2011, will be a popular choice at Old Trafford.

Director of cricket Mike Watkinson said: "Following the recent changes in our coaching structure, it was vital that we had some continuity to enable us to carry on our progress.

"He has demonstrated his leadership skills in his role of club captain and he will have a great influence on the squad. He is Lancashire through and through and had a successful career at Emirates Old Trafford. He hasn't been out of the first-class game for long and is in touch with the requirements of the modern day cricketer."

Chilton added: "I am thrilled at the prospect of returning to Lancashire. We have an exciting crop of emerging young players and I am looking forward to working with them."

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  • Mark on May 1, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    @Derek Whiteside, So you are privy to everything that was said on the pitch - indeed could hear every word Anderson was saying?

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2014, 23:12 GMT

    Brilliant bowling by Anderson, but Northants let the game sip out of their grasp. Unable to finish off the first innings and again failure to capitalize on Lancs 130 odd for 5 in the second proved that. Congrats to Lancs, lovely to see Glen Chapple again always welcome figure, pity Anderson, despite his excellent bowling couldn't conduct himself like the club captain and constantly whinged and sledged especially regards the yonnger Northants players.

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Northants had chances to win with Lancs at 35/6 and 80/9 in the first innings and again at 130/5 in the second. But on each occasion failed to force the issue. Northants are badly hit by injuries to key players - Sales, Willey and Wakely all missing and with a small squad and no overseas player defeat was always likely. Positives for Norhtants were the continuing development of young players - Duckett and Stone are only 19 and 20. The real difference between the teams was Anderson (what a pity he feels he has to spend the whole time sledging - letting himself and his team down to my mind) but without him Lancs seem likely to struggle. The batting was poor last year and there is no Katich this year. I think they may join Northants in the relegation battle. As a neutral, I wonder why, if Moores was such a great coach, there are no really good young batsmen in the team - or have I missed them?

  • Lee on April 30, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Far too gloomy George_Leeds. Yes this win was down to Buttler and Anderson, but Paul Horton, Tom Smith, Simon Kerrigan and Ashwell Prince have put in good performances in the two previous games. Both of the other games like this one have been low scoring affairs. It is not as though they have been crushed, the defeat was only by 45 runs. So cheer up and be glad about this win.

  • Peter on April 30, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Let's look for some positives and give the Lancashire boys some encouragement - after all, we'll enjoy the game more ourselves if we do that. Last year's champions couldn't finish Northants off, so maybe they are not that weak. Lancashire fought back from unpromising positions after being 119 all out, 130-5 in the second innings, and badly needing to part Middlebrook and Duckett on the final morning. As well as Anderson and Buttler, Smith, Chapple and Horton made telling contributions, and Kabir Ali and Kerrigan chipped in with wickets. Yes, the batting is a concern, but Lancashire haven't yet found conditions in which the batsmen can find their confidence. I saw enough of Reece and Procter last year to convince me of their ability to score runs against good bowling.

    This was a fine match and a great advert for 4-day cricket. Maybe it will be a confidence booster and a springboard for further victories.

  • George on April 30, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Yet to see this ''exciting crop of young emerging players''- probably because they don't get a game. Good win for Lancs, but realistically a very weak batting side, who I think have been bowled out for <200 in 4 innings already this season, and collected 1 out of 15 batting points, which suggests they are going to struggle against most other teams in division 1. No offense to Northants but that was the weakest side Lancs will face this seasons and they struggled massively. The match was only really won due to 10 wickets from an England international and 70 runs from Buttler, both of whom Lancs are likely to be without for a substantial part of the season.

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