Anderson comes through scare
England seamer James Anderson came through an injury scare with nothing more than bruising to his right thumb after returning to county action.
Lancashire paceman Anderson joined Nottinghamshire and England team-mates Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann in making his first appearance of the season in the LV= County Championship Division One match at Old Trafford this morning, but his comeback almost turned to calamity as he was sent to hospital for X-rays after taking a couple of blows to the right thumb.
There were concerns he may have suffered a fracture - a major concern with the first Test against the West Indies just two weeks away - but he got the all clear after being sent to hospital and returned to bowl seven more overs in the afternoon session.
Broad, playing for the first time since flying home from Sri Lanka with a calf complaint, had a frustrating return to the domestic game too - contesting his dismissal for a golden duck with the umpires.
At tea, Lancashire were 121 for seven, with another England Test player, Samit Patel, on 50 not out and Glen Chapple having taken four wickets.
Lancashire, playing a championship fixture at Old Trafford for the first time since September 2010, started strongly after being asked to field first by visiting skipper Chris Read.
Anderson was miserly from the off, bowling 10 overs on the bounce at a cost of only eight runs, but it was Chapple who did the real damage.
Neil Edwards (four) was first to go, playing on while shaping to leave the ball, while fellow opener Alex Hales (nine) was off-balance when he was trapped lbw.
Lumb was next out as the Red Rose reduced Nottinghamshire to 16 for three, with Anderson taking the first of two blows to his right hand as he parried the catch to Ashwell Prince at third slip.
The second came as he fielded a James Taylor drive off his own bowling soon after.
Patel and Taylor battled to 50 for three at lunch, but the latter handed Chapple a fourth success after the restart.
Luke Procter bowled Read for 14 to make it 83 for five, with Patel losing another partner just before tea when Simon Kerrigan had Paul Franks caught by Steven Croft at short-leg.
That brought Broad to the crease but he was dismissed instantly, Kerrigan and Croft again combining - though Broad made his displeasure at the decision plain to both the fielder and the umpires.
After returning for two spells in the afternoon session, Anderson left the field once again for some ice treatment on his thumb.