Rankin puts Warwickshire on top of Lancashire

LV County Championship Division One, Edgbaston
Close, day one: Lancashire 227, Warwickshire 39-1
Warwicks 3pts, Lancs 1pt
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Boyd Rankin took five wickets as Warwickshire bowled Lancashire out cheaply on day one at Edgbaston.

After the visitors won the toss, they slipped to 129-5 despite the efforts of opener Stephen Moore (67).

Luke Proctor (46) and Gareth Cross (44) fought back with a stand of 90, but Rankin (5-57) ran through the tail to see Lancashire dismissed for 227.

James Anderson then trapped Will Porterfield lbw to leave Warwickshire 39-1 at the close, 188 behind.

Ian Bell, leading Warwickshire because of a shoulder injury to regular captain Jim Troughton, saw his disappointment at losing the toss tempered when Paul Horton edged a Chris Woakes (2-45) outswinger, with Karl Brown bowled offering no shot to Rikki Clarke (3-42) soon after.

Woakes and Clarke also accounted for Mark Chilton and Steve Croft respectively, before Moore, who batted through the morning session, fell lbw to Rankin.

Proctor and Cross combined to resist for 23 overs, but when Proctor was caught by Clarke off Rankin, Lancashire quickly succumbed.

The visitors were lifted when Anderson deservedly accounted for Porterfield, leaving Bell to accompany Varun Chopra through to stumps.


BBC WM's Richard Wilford:

"The fire in Boyd Rankin's belly handed Warwickshire the upper hand on day one, backed up by the consistent Rikki Clarke and Chris Woakes.

"The final session could have seen far more damage done, Chopra and Bell both needing a little bit of fortune to make it through to the close on a track where 350 would seem to be a match-winning total."

BBC Radio Lancashire's Liam Bradford:

"Lancashire will have decidedly mixed feelings. Several poor performances with the bat put them under unnecessary pressure and some wonderful bowling in brilliant batting conditions means that they will have to bat twice for the first time this season.

"Lancashire will be encouraged though by the amount of movement from the pitch and in the air for England paceman James Anderson to get his teeth into.

"Day two could be full of runs or wickets depending on how much the conditions help out."

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