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Wagner bags 11 on Lancashire debut

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/04/2016

Neil Wagner continued his outstanding Lancashire debut with five more wickets to keep them on course for victory in their first game back in top flight English county cricket.

The South African-born New Zealander had taken six for 66 in Nottinghamshire's first innings and followed that up with a devastating burst in the evening sunshine at Old Trafford which scuppered the visitors' hopes of setting Lancashire a testing victory target.

Wagner ended with 5-45 in the second innings, and 11-111 in the match, and with Jimmy Anderson providing high-class support with 3-29, Notts were dismissed for 175 - leaving Lancashire needing only 86 to win on the last day.

Wagner's first wicket came when he pinned Michael Lumb lbw with a full swinging delivery, but it was a brace of well-directed short balls that accounted for Samit Patel and Stuart Broad - helped by athletic catches.

In his next over Wagner bowled Jake Ball with a beauty that clipped the top of off stump, and he was on a hat-trick when he won another lbw decision against Jackson Bird, with another swinging yorker - his fourth wicket in 19 balls.

Harry Gurney denied Wagner the hat-trick but Anderson had him caught behind a couple of overs later, leaving Notts captain Chris Read, who had top-scored in their first innings with 52, unbeaten on 25.

At the start of the third day Lancashire were only able to add 21 runs to their overnight total to reach 332.

But Notts, whose managed 242 in their first innings, now need something spectacular if they are to avoid following their opening victory against one of last season's promoted teams, Surrey, with defeat against the others.

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