Anderson’s five-wicket haul for Lancs

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James Anderson continued his affection for Trent Bridge with a five-wicket haul on the opening day of the new LV= County Championship season

The England seamer ensured Lancashire could reflect on a good day’s work against Nottinghamshire as the hosts were 270 for nine when bad light stopped play after 86.4 overs.

There was a further delay on Monday because of rain and no play before lunch.

When play did belatedly resume, Notts added only two more runs before Kabir Ali dismissed Harry Gurney.

Anderson has always enjoyed the surrounds at Trent Bridge - he has 49 wickets in seven Tests at the ground - and memorably sealed a 14-run win over Australia when he was last in Nottingham to win the Ashes opener last summer.

A forgettable winter tour Down Under may have come and gone in between but the 31-year-old immediately set about confirming he remains as dangerous as ever in English conditions with figures of five for 54.

Samit Patel’s 93 was the best the home side could muster in resistance to Anderson, while Alex Hales contributed 61 before becoming Anderson’s fifth victim late in the day.

Patel had been forced to rescue Nottinghamshire from three for 20 after Anderson and new-ball partner Kabir Ali (two for 65) immediately got to work in overcast conditions.

Ali struck first when he slid a yorker into Steven Mullaney’s off stump. Anderson then found just enough movement to catch Phil Jaques’ edge before Michael Lumb played on to his middle stump attempting to abort a stroke.

Patel and Riki Wessels (39) ushered Nottinghamshire through to lunch without further loss, but Anderson returned after the break to end an 85-run stand.

Wessels lost both off and middle stumps when he played across the line of a full delivery.

It was the only wicket Nottinghamshire lost in the afternoon session as Hales joined Patel in a 95-run stand.

Patel rode his luck at times, dropped by wicketkeeper Alex Davies on 71, and again after tea when a diving Luis Reece failed to hold on.

Patel was unable to turn his lives into a century though as he was strangled down the leg-side off Wayne White, much to his disgust.

Lancashire then made inroads into the home tail, Nottinghamshire lost five for 60 from Patel’s exit, as Anderson’s skill proved too much for them.

The right-armer drew a faint edge behind from Luke Fletcher’s groping bat before Hales offered a regulation edge, after proving he could enjoy a more profitable season than last after coming in down the order at six.

At that stage the players had already gone off briefly for light, and after returning, Ali was also able to locate Jake Ball’s stumps before eventually play was called off for the day.