James Anderson’s magnificent seven leaves Kent playing catch-up on historic day


Veteran seamer routs visitors for 74 with career-best 7 for 19 before evening fightback

Lancashire 108 for 5 (Davies 47) lead Kent 74 (Anderson 7-19) by 34 runs

History was made during an astonishing afternoon of cricket at Emirates Old Trafford as Lancashire’s James Anderson claimed both his 1,000th first class wicket and his best career bowling figures of 7 for 19.

Anderson’s exploits ensured Kent were dismissed for just 74 in a shade over two hours after the players finally took to the field at 2pm on the second day, following almost incessant rain throughout the first four sessions of the game.

Taking the new ball Anderson, 38, took a wicket in each of his first three overs, before adding four more as Kent’s top order were blown away in an extraordinary spell from the Burnley-born bowler, whose previous best figures were his 7 for 42 for England against West Indies in 2017.
The wickets of Zak Crawley, edging to Rob Jones at second slip without scoring, Jordan Cox, edging to Luke Wells at first slip for 1 and Ollie Robinson, feathering one through to wicketkeeper Dane Vilas for 0, were near-identical examples of Anderson’s mastery of seam bowling, and reduced Kent to 5 for 3.

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