Cambridge v Lancashire
Alex Davies, Steven Croft, Dane Vilas and Jordan Clark all hit half centuries on the opening day as Lancashire declared on 338/6 against Cambridge MCCU at Fenner’s.
The home side won the toss and elected to bowl first with Alex Davies and Haseeb Hameed opening the batting for Lancashire.
Runs were hard to come by in the opening overs. In the final ball of the seventh over, Hameed was struck on the hand by fast bowler Tim Moses and was forced to retire hurt. The 20 year-old would later go to hospital for a precautionary scan and the Lancashire batsman will be reassessed overnight.
Liam Livingstone (1) joined Davies but was soon dismissed after opening bowler Rippington trapped the Cumbrian-born batsman lbw.
Captain Steven Croft came in at four and played positively for Lancashire as runs started to flow for opener Alex Davies, who was playing in his first competitive game since a long-term knee injury last year.
Croft took particular liking to Cambridge spin bowler Luke Chapman as he hit two boundaries in the 26th over.
The following over, Davies dispatched Barton for two more as the Lancashire wicket keeper moved to his half century off 96 balls just before lunch.
Davies and Croft (78) played nicely after lunch as the pair put on 155 for the second wicket before the Lancashire Captain was dismissed by Barton.
Davies (80) fell shortly after to the same bowler before Ryan McLaren fell without scoring as Lancashire went from 173/1 to 183/4.
Dane Vilas and Jordan Clark had some rebuilding work to do for Lancashire and both players started steadily against a Cambridge attack who had their tails up.
Clark hit the first maximum of the innings down the ground before Vilas hit his maiden Lancashire First Class half century from 80 balls.
Vilas (56) was soon dismissed by Barton, his third of the day, with the former South African Test batsman wicket keeper getting a leading edge and was caught in the covers.
Clark (64) continued to play positively and hit two further sixes but was bowled by Chapman. Stephen Parry (14*) Tom Bailey (10*) finished off the innings as Lancashire delared on 338/6 with 45 minutes left in the day.
The university opening batsman faced a stern test with James Anderson and Kyle Jarvis opening the bowling and an early breakthrough came for the visitors.
Anderson dimissed both openers cheaply as Cambridge finished the day on 15/2 from a testing 12 overs.
Lancashire completed a 340 run victory on Day Two against Cambridge MCCU after an extraordinary 25 wickets fell at Fenner's.
Cambridge, resuming on 15/2, lost their first wicket in the opening over of the day from fast bowler Tom Bailey as Greenidge was caught behind by Alex Davies to leave the hosts 17/3.
The home side then settled down and playing defensively for the following twelve overs before Lancashire made the fourth breakthrough, as Jarvis took his first wicket of the game.
He then took his second shortly after as he clean bowled Callum Guest (7) cheaply.
Stephen Parry and James Anderson were introduced into the attack and caused the Cambridge side all-number of problems.
Parry, took his first wicket by trapping Moses lbw without scoring before Anderson bowling top scorer Senaratne (31) the following over to leave Cambridge 56/7.
The Lancashire pair then took another wicket apiece before Anderson (5/11) took his fifth as the hosts were bowled out for 62.
Ryan McLaren and Dane Vilas opened the batting for Lancashire in the second innings but early wickets soon fell.
McLaren was the first man to go after Rippington trapped the former South African international lbw.
Jordan Clark (8) and Stephen Parry (0) were the next batsmen to fall as Lancashire were reduced to 28/3 in the ninth over.
It didn’t get any better for the visitors as Jarvis and Croft were dismissed without scoring to leave Glen Chapple’s side in real trouble at 28/5.
Opener Vilas was still at the crease and was joined by James Anderson (10) who hit two early boundaries but was Barton’s fifth scalp.
Alex Davies, fresh from his 80 in the first innings, came in and played nicely for Lancashire. The pair put on 75 for the eighth wicket as Davies (50*) hit his second half century of the match. Vilas (42*) hit two boundaries in his innings as the Red Rose declared on 120/7.
In Cambridge’s second innings, again, early wickets tumbled. Anderson took the first wicket, bowling opener Harrison Palmer (1) before Ryan McLaren dismissed fellow opener Tom Colverd (4) to leave Cambridge 14/2.
Jordan Clark (3/11) was introduced into the attack and the Lancashire all-rounder took three quick wickets as Cambridge were reduced to 17/5 before Kyle Jarvis got in on the act taking his first.
As the light was fading, Liam Livingstone (2/8) and Stephen Parry (2/15) then two wickets each as Lancashire bowled the Cambridge students out for 56 as the Red Rose completed an emphatic 340 run victory.