County Championship: Lancashire v Sussex sees Simon Kerrigan star
Simon Kerrigan starred with bat and ball as Lancashire took a firm grip of their Division Two game against Hampshire.
Last Updated: 30/08/13 6:52pm
The slow left-armer, who had a torrid debut in the final Ashes Test at the Oval, helped his side make 421 in their first innings and then recovered excellently from a wayward opening spell as Hampshire were dismissed for 210, 22-year-old James Vince making a very classy 106.
However, Red Rose skipper Glen Chapple opted not to enforce the follow-on and Lancashire were 39-0 at the close, a lead of 250 at the end of a very eventful second day at Trafalgar Road.
The morning's play was dominated by a record-breaking partnership between Chapple and Kerrigan who put on 114 for the last Lancashire wicket. Chapple made 63 off 65 balls before he was caught by Sean Ervine off James Vince but Kerrigan was unbeaten on 62, his highest first-class score and his first half-century.
Chapple and Kerrigan's stand occupied 112 balls and established a 10th-wicket record for matches between Lancashire and Hampshire in addition to being the 10th-highest last wicket stand in Lancashire's history.
Although Hampshire managed to get to lunch unscathed, the afternoon session brought no relief for the visitors as Kyle Hogg claimed four wickets in a penetrative new-ball spell.
Hampshire skipper Jimmy Adams became Hogg's 50th Division Two wicket of the season when he was lbw to the medium-fast seamer, who quickly added Michael Roberts, Neil McKenzie and Liam Dawson to his list.
Ervine and Vince attempted to rebuild the innings with a 41-run stand for the fifth wicket but Chapple removed Ervine, courtesy of a sharp low slip catch by Ashwell Prince, a dismissal which saw the Lancashire skipper also reach the 50-wicket mark in Championship cricket this summer.
Vince and Adam Wheater saw their side safely to tea on 137-5 but the afternoon brought little comfort to Kerrigan as far as bowling was concerned. The left-arm spinner conceded 27 runs off four inaccurate overs, evoking memories of his Oval nightmare.
In the evening session. however, the spinner recovered much of his accuracy and loop and earned deserved rewards. He dismissed Wheater, Chris Wood and Vince, and finished with 3-21 from 10 overs in his second spell. Remarkably, Kerrigan also reached the fifty-wicket mark when he removed Vince.
Hogg dismissed Hampshire debutant Matt Coles first ball and when Vince skied Kerrigan to Chapple after his high-quality 145-ball innings of 106, it was something of a surprise that the Lancashire skipper chose to bat again.