Lancashire Second XI vs Durham - Match Drawn
Lancashire Second XI will have eyes on taking a first innings lead after they bowled Durham out for 201 on a shortened first day at Todmorden.
The Red Rose reached 76-2 in reply before bad light ended play early in the Pennines.
Alex Davies asked Durham to bat after winning the toss, and his decision paid off well when the Lancashire attack reduced the visitors to 9-3. Josh Bohannon held two catches in quick succession to give Tom Bailey half of his eventual four-wicket haul, and Toby Lester claimed the scalp of top scorer Scott Steel for 42 when he had the Durham opener caught behind.
Only a spirited last wicket stand took the north-east side over 200, former England seamer Graham Onions hitting a quick 20 not out before George Harding was last man out to give Liam Hurt figures of 3-30.
Davies and Haseeb Hameed pushed Lancashire’s reply on to 37 before Hameed was trapped in front by Usman Arshad for 19. Rob Jones fell quickly, but Davies played confidently and struck two sixes to end the day on 48 not out with Shiv Chanderpaul poised to resume their partnership on Tuesday.
Shiv Chanderpaul blasted a superb hundred to hand Lancashire Second XI the advantage with one day remaining of their Championship match against Durham.
The Red Rose lead by 55 after closing their first innings on 256 after the weather delayed the start on day two at Todmorden Cricket Club.
Skipper Alex Davies, not on 48 when play finally resumed at 2.00pm after rain, could only add three to his overnight score before being caught behind.
Lancashire subsided to 168-9 but Chanderpaul, who turned 43 last week, took charge and found an able partner in last man Toby Lester while taking apart a Durham attack that included ex-England seamer Graham Onions.
The pair put on 88 for the last wicket, with Lester more than just holding up an end while his vastly experienced team mate, the Guyanese left-hander hit seven sixes and eight fours to finish unbeaten on 103, while Lester made 24 before falling LBW to Ben Whitehead.
Durham seamer James Weighell finished with 6-47 but Chanderpaul’s brilliant knock, together with Lester’s heroics from number 11, mean that Lancashire have a handy advantage for their attack when Durham start their second innings at the start of the final day.
No play was possible on the final day due to a waterlogged outfield.
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