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Match report day 1: Lancs v Warks in Championship 2003
by Neil Adams


Scorecard:Lancashire v Warwickshire

Summary for Day 1

67 days after watching Lancashire's last division one championship encounter at Old Trafford (Essex May 17th), Lancashire won the toss and elected to bat. The home side welcomed back Gary Keedy and Iain Sutcliffe. Chris Schofield assumed twelfth man duties. Sutcliffe wasted little time in dispatching the Bear's attack to the boundary. He looked set for a hundred when Dougie Brown produced an unplayable in swinger and removed his middle stump. Stuart Law maintained the assault on Warwickshire bowlers as the run rate surpassed 4 an over. By close of play, the hosts reached 384 for 5 and look set for a big first innings total. However, the poor weather forecast will probably have the final say in this match.

 

Bowling Performance of the Day

Despite taking only one wicket, Waqar Younis bowled three high quality spells of bowling from the Stretford End (0 for 27, 1 for 17 and 0 for 14). He bowled 5 maidens and conceded just 9 boundaries throughout the day. The wicket provided all bowlers with some optimism due to the unpredictable bounce and late swing

 

Batting Performance of the Day

Stuart Law scored a fantastic 150 not out by close of play. He reached his 50 from 67 balls (8 x 4 & 1 x 6), his hundred came from 137 balls (15 x 4 & 1 x 6) and his 150 from 190 balls (20 x 4 & 2 x 6). Law punished any bad bowling with an array of strokes all round the ground. On 95, Law edged the ball between first slip and the wicketkeeper for 4. Neither fielder moved - a rare piece of luck. A special comment also for Iain Sutcliffe upon his return to first team action - he scored 86 runs including 16 boundaries and looked to be in great shape - welcome back!

 

Fielding Performance of the Day

Tony Frost, Warwickshire's wicketkeeper made a number of fine stops. The unpredictable bounce and prodigious late swing kept Frost alert. Warwickshire still conceded 8 byes and 6 wides though. In general Warwickshire's ground fielding was very average - they regularly failed to stop balls struck directly at players and occasionally fumbled the ball in the outfield. By the end of the day, Warwickshire's players wished they could leave the field for bad light rather than the batsmen!

 

Highlights of the Day

  • Iain Sutcliffe's superb innings
  • Listening to Mark Proctor on the tannoy system confusing the crowd with his inaccurate announcements (He announced Neil Carter as Alan Richardson, and visa versa - brilliant!)
  • Stuart Law's innings of 150 not out
  • Considering the weather forecast and the number of dark clouds which passed over it was a miracle that only 10 overs play surcomed to the rain
  • Winning the toss for the 7th time in 9 championship matches - undoubtedly, this provides a significant advantage to a side throughout the season

 

Lowlights of the Day

  • Both Alec Swann and Mal Loye are struggling to capture their best form with the bat. Swann received an awkward lifting delivery which looped to Brown in the gully (15), and Loye (14) played all round a straight ball also from Brown, which might have kept a touch low
  • Both of the scoreboards seemed totally unable to keep up with play, and very seldom did both scoreboards actually agree with each other
  • Carl Hooper's ugly shot which resulted in his dismissal and followed a fabulous pull for six from Neil Carter
  • Warwickshire's slow over rate

 

Contentious Discussion Point of the Day

Nothing significant to report

 

Key Notes of the Day

  • Lancashire won the toss and elected to bat
  • Swann caught Brown bowled Carter 15 - 37 for 1 in the 12th over - Sutcliffe 20*
  • Loye 0* hit in head/helmet by Richardson - 46 for 1 in the 16th over - Sutcliffe 28*
  • 50 for 1 in the 16th over - Sutcliffe 28* Loye 4*
  • Loye lbw bowled Brown 14 - 85 for 2 in the 25th over - Sutcliffe 49*
  • 50 Sutcliffe from 75 balls (9 x 4) - 87 for 2 in the 25th over - Law 1*
  • 12.55pm rain stop play - 93 for 2 from 27 overs - Sutcliffe 56* Law 1* - Lunch
  • Play restarts at 2pm - 7 overs lost
  • 101 for 2 in the 28th over - Sutcliffe 64* Law 1*
  • Sutcliffe bowled Brown 86 (Middle stump) - 134 for 3 in the 35th over - Law 12*
  • 150 for 3 in the 40th over - Law 24* Chilton 4*
  • 2.10pm rain stops play - 180 for 3 in the 45th over - Law 44* Chilton 14*
  • 3 overs lost play restarts at 2.20pm
  • 50 partnership - 185 for 3 in the 46th over - Law 45* Chilton 18*
  • 50 Law from 67 balls (8 x 4 & 1 x 6) + 200 for 3 in the 50th over - Chilton 27*
  • Chilton caught Frost bowled Waqar 30 (Gloved to keeper) - 212 for 4 in the 53rd over
  • Tea - 244 for 4 from 62 overs - Law 74* Hooper 12* - Session 151 for 2 from 35 overs
  • 250 for 4 in the 64th over - Law 79* Hooper 14*
  • 50 partnership - 264 for 4 in the 67th over - Law 85* Hooper 17*
  • Law edge for 4 between keeper and 1st slip - 272 for 4 in the 71st over - Hooper 22*
  • 100 Law from 137 balls ( (15 x 4 & 1 x 6) - 285 for 4 in the 73rd over - Hooper 23*
  • 300 for 4 in the 77th over - Law 113* Hooper 29*
  • 100 partnership - 314 for 4 in the 78th over - Law 117* Hooper 35*
  • Hooper caught Brown bowled Carter 35 - 314 for 5 in the 78th over - Law 117*
  • 350 for 5 in the 86th over - Law 134* Chapple 19*
  • 50 partnership - 364 for 5 in the 88th over - Law 142* Chapple 25*
  • 150 Law from 190 balls (20 x 4 & 2 x 6) - 374 for 5 in the 90th over - Chapple 27*
  • New ball taken in the 91st over
  • Close of play 6.50pm - 384 for 5 from 94 overs - Law 150* Chapple 37*
  • Lancashire 4 points, Warwickshire 1 point

 


(Article: Copyright © 2004 Neil Adams http://www.cricketimages.co.uk/adams-report/intro.html)

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