County Championship: James Anderson takes 950th first-class wicket

James Anderson
James Anderson has taken 575 wickets in 148 Tests for England
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Sedbergh School (day two):
Lancashire 337: Vilas 72; Rimmington 4-74
Durham 199-5: Bancroft 77; Anderson 2-35
Durham (2 pts) trail Lancashire (4 pts) by 138 runs

England's James Anderson claimed his 950th first-class wicket on day two of Lancashire's County Championship Division Two match against Durham.

Replying to Lancashire's 337 all out, Durham captain Cameron Bancroft helped his side to 136-1 at Sedbergh School.

But Durham then lost two wickets in successive balls, including Australian Bancroft bowled by Anderson for 77.

Two overs later, Anderson (2-35) reached his latest milestone by trapping Graham Clark lbw for a duck.

That burst of wickets from Anderson and fellow veteran seamer Graham Onions swung the momentum in Lancashire's favour.

Anderson then took a slip catch as spinner Liam Livingstone removed Jack Burnham (26) just before the close, when Durham had moved on to 199-5, trailing by 138.

Exactly one month before the start of the Ashes series against Australia, 36-year-old Anderson moved onto 30 Division Two wickets this season at an average of 9.23.

Earlier, home skipper Dane Vilas (72) added only five runs to his overnight score as the hosts lost their five remaining wickets for 44 runs, Nathan Rimmington taking three of them to end with 4-74.

Lancs and England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It's still hard to figure out if we're in a good position or not. It depends on how we turn up in the morning because the new ball will be crucial

"We're a bit disappointed we didn't kick on and get a few more runs this morning because at 275-5, we thought we could potentially get up to 350 or 400.

"They batted really well and got off to a good start and we did well to claw it back in the end because it doesn't feel like the pitch is doing a huge amount. If you get in as a batter you can bat for a long period of time. There's no demons in the pitch just yet.

"Graham Onions got a breakthrough and then I followed it next ball which got us on a bit of a roll, but unfortunately we couldn't quite kick on and get a few more in that spell."

Durham captain Cameron Bancroft told BBC Newcastle:

"As opening batsmen you want to put on good partnerships to help the team start well so it was nice that Alex Lees and I were able to do that.

"When you're batting as a group, in order to put big totals on the board you need partnerships. And we've so far had three over 50.

"It felt like the heavy roller was necessary and it helped deaden the wicket. The ball started to keep a bit lower. It was a tactic we wanted to use.

"Anderson and Onions are obviously always going to challenge you so it was a good test and I really enjoyed it."

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