County Championship: James Anderson & Graham Onions bowl out Pears for just 98

Written by on June 10, 2019

Jimmy Anderson and Graham Onions each took four wickets as Division Two leaders Lancashire bowled out Worcestershire for just 98 at New Road
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Blackfinch New Road (day one):
Worcestershire 98: Barnard 32; Anderson 4-24, Onions 4-55, Mahmood 2-8
Lancashire: Yet to bat
Lancashire 3 pts, Worcestershire 3 pts
<p class="sp-story-body__introduction">Worcestershire were bowled out by Lancashire's pace attack for just 98 - Division Two's lowest score this season - on day one at rain-hit New Road.</p>

England’s Jimmy Anderson led the way with 4-24, well backed up by Graham Onions (4-55) and Saqib Mahmood (2-8).

Ed Barnard scored 32 either side of lunch to lift his side from 68-6 at the interval before becoming last of the four afternoon wickets to fall.

Heavy rain then began to fall, to ultimately end play for the day.

Anderson and Onions also did the damage when they reduced Worcestershire to 38-7 on the first morning when the two sides met at Old Trafford last month.

The Pears rallied from that to reach 172, only for Lancashire to survive a wobble of their own to win a low scoring game inside three days.

But there was no escape this time as Anderson and Onions, team-mates with England a decade ago, produced high class new-ball bowling in overcast conditions.

Youngster Josh Dell – recalled as opener in place of Tom Fell – did at least battle away to make a gritty 18 in 18 overs before shouldering arms in a massive misjudgement to a Mahmood inswinger which jagged back to send his off stump cartwheeling.

Barnard, promoted to number six as George Rhodes was left out to accommodate the return of Wayne Parnell, was the only other to offer prolonged resistance until he was last out trying to ramp England’s all-time top Test wicket taker.

Worcestershire, who also brought in England Under-19 paceman Adam Finch for his county debut in place of the injured Josh Tongue (forearm), were just preparing to take the field when the forecast rain arrived – and it came down sufficiently for play to be officially called off at 16:30 BST.

Updates from the Cannock Chase Radio News Desk via BBC Birmingham and Black Country


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