Another excellent day for Mick Newell was marred only by reports suggesting that the Nottinghamshire director of cricket is a strong contender to be the next coach of Bangladesh.
The first day of this rare county appearance for James Anderson had been bad enough, as he failed to take a wicket and suffered a painful blow to the thumb.
Three of the top eight bowlers in the world Test rankings endured rather than enjoyed a hard-fought and occasionally bad-tempered day back in county cricket.
Whether with the new ball or as the straight man of a comedy double act, James Anderson has grown accustomed to working alongside Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann in recent years.
The game was played on the same pitch as on Thursday, of course, but one would never have guessed it.
Lancashire, proud county champions, have had a dire start to their season; two matches, two defeats.
Lancashire hadn’t won an outright County Cricket Championship since 1934 before they spectacularly triumphed on the final day of the season last year.
England may be in danger of losing their spin coach Mushtaq Ahmed, who is thought to be considering returning to Pakistan.