Adams in form as Notts dominate
A review of Sunday's LV= County Championship action as Andre Adams bowled Notts into a strong position.
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Andre Adams enjoyed a fine day as Nottinghamshire dominated the first day of their LV= County Championship Division One match against Lancashire at Liverpool.The New Zealand veteran, who celebrates his 39th birthday on Thursday, took four for 45 and clung on to a couple of fine catches as Glen Chapple's men were dismissed for 225 inside 70 overs.
He then watched from the pavilion as Nottinghamshire's top order batsmen replied with 69 for one by close of play.
Lewis Gregory recorded career best figures of six for 47 as Somerset remained in control of their match at Northamptonshire.
The seamer, who took the second five-wicket haul of the season, helped the visitors dismiss Northants for 221, which gave them a deficit of 154.
Surprisingly, Marcus Trescothick did not enforce the follow-on and his decision was hardly supported by his and Nick Compton's dismissals, to David Willey and Muhammad Azharullah respectively, with the score in single figures.
Chris Jones, who took a while to get going, and Colin Ingram steadied the ship and, although the latter fell to James Middlebrook in the final over of the day, a total of 72 for three gives Somerset a lead of 226.
William Porterfield and Jonathan Trott impressed with a third-wicket stand of 131 as Warwickshire reached 256 for five on the opening day against Durham at Chester-le-Street.
Porterfield scored of 90 before losing his wicket and Trott, who put his demons behind him, recorded a hit of 76 after the visitors were put in to bat first, while John Hastings claimed three for 52 for the home side.
In Division Two, Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell became the second player to reach 1,000 runs in the current Championship season before Leicestershire's bowlers pegged the leaders back to 317 for nine.
Everything was going well as Mitchell and new partner Richard Oliver made trouble-free progress in an opening stand of 163 at New Road, but there was surprise in store when paceman Nathan Buck led the Leicestershire revival by taking three for one in 11 balls.
Spinners James Sykes and Dan Redfern shared the spoils as the bottom-of-the-table visitors - without a Championship win in 26 matches - claimed six wickets for 95 runs between lunch and tea.
Sykes (three for 72) added two more in the final session, mostly importantly the lbw dismissal of Tom Kohler-Cadmore for 41 after the teenager after steadied Worcestershire in a partnership of 44 in 21 overs with Shaaiq Choudhry.
Essex and Hampshire were thwarted by the weather as rain completely washed out the opening day's play at Colchester.
In between heavy showers, the sun occasionally appeared as if to mock the groundstaff in their mopping-up operations but, in the end, the umpires decided at 2.50pm that no play was possible.
If, as predicted, the weather is set fair for Monday, Hampshire will seek to make up for lost time and continue their push for promotion.