James Anderson's county return with Lancashire starts quietly after wicketless morning

James Anderson played his first match since being dropped from the England squad for the West Indies tour, but his return at Lancashire didn't go to plan.

After playing a limited role at the Ashes this winter and then being dropped from the England squad for the West Indies tour, James Anderson made a highly-anticipated return to cricket on Thursday morning as Lancashire took on Gloucestershire at Old Trafford.

Anderson joined a star-studded Lancashire attack that included England stars Saqib Mahmood and Hassan Ali, as well as leg-spinner Matt Parkinson.

And, with Gloucestershire choosing to bat first, fans didn't have to wait long to see Anderson back in action.

But Gloucestershire openers Marcus Harris and Chris Dent put on an impressive performance at Old Trafford, with the pair reaching 101 not out before lunch.

Despite boasting plenty of attacking talent, Lancashire's bowlers were unable to worry both Harris and Dent, and Anderson's return to county cricket was somewhat underwhelming.

The 39-year-old enjoyed two spells bowling before lunch, and in fairness managed impressive figures of 7-1-and 21-0.

Having dismissed Harris the last time the pair faced each other in the Ashes this winter, Anderson looked to repeat the feat, but the Australian batter was in fine defensive form.

Harris did take 15 balls to get off the mark, with Dent enjoying the quicker start between the pairing, but he eventually matched his rhythm as they helped themselves to 13 fours.

Across Division One, Gloucestershire were the only side to enter lunch wicketless.

The other scores read:

Old Trafford: Lancashire v Gloucestershire 101-0

Canterbury: Kent 97-1 v Hampshire

The County Ground: Northamptonshire v Yorkshire 110-3

The Oval: Surrey v Somerset 62-1

Edgbaston: Warwickshire v Essex 88-2

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