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Second XI Championship

Northamptonshire v Lancashire

Northamptonshire Second XI Nor
Lancashire Second XI Lan

Wednesday 9 – Friday 11 May 2018

Campbell Park, Milton Keynes


Day 1

Three wickets each for Stephen Parry and Toby Lester ensured that it was honours even at the end of the first day of Lancashire’s Second XI Championship match with Northamptonshire.

Bowling first the Red Rose made the perfect start as Liam Hurt (1/41) dismissed Ricardo Vasconcelos for a duck with just the second ball of the day.

However half centuries for Saif Zaib and L Bartier put Northants in control, as they reached 215/3 by the afternoon.

Lancashire fought back strongly with Parry and Lester turning the screw to reduce the home side 276/9, before Josh Bohannon (1/35) took the final wicket to bowl Northants out for 279 from 90.5 overs.

Openers Karl Brown and Haseeb Hameed strode out to the crease with a tricky short session to survive before the close of play.

Hameed struck an early four but was soon dismissed for nine, caught off the bowling of Ben Cotton.

The Red Rose sent in night-watchman George Balderson (0*) who survived alongside Brown (10*) and Lancashire will return tomorrow with the score on 19/1, trailing by 260 runs.

Day 2

Karl Brown struck a century on Day Two of Lancashire’s Second XI Championship match at Northamptonshire to help his side build a useful first innings lead.

Brown hit 141 from 266 balls, including 19 fours and a six. He was well supported by George Balderson (26) early in the morning before Rob Jones joined him at the crease and the pair reached a 100 run partnership for the third wicket.

The departure of Jones for 30 brought Brooke Guest to the crease and even after Brown was dismissed off the bowling of Tom Holmes, the wicket keeper continued to play nicely as he scored 72.

Guest was the last man out with Lancashire on 331, the Red Rose building a first innings lead of 52.

Similarly to Lancashire on the previous day, the home side would have a tricky short session to survive with the bat.

Opener Saif Zaib (21*) was unbeaten at the close, but Lancashire did make a breakthrough, Liam Hurt claiming the scalp of C Home, caught by Jones for four.

Northamptonshire finished on 40/1, still trailing by 12 runs heading into the final days play.

Day 3

Four Arron Lilley wickets and a quick fire Josh Bohannon half century gave Lancashire’s Second XI a thrilling two wicket win on the final day of their Championship match at Northamptonshire.

The home side resumed Day Three still trailing by 12 runs in their second innings, and following two early Toby Lester wickets, Lancashire seized control.

However opener Saif Zaib’s 90, supported by knocks from L Bartier (39) and Ben Claydon (23) gave Northants a lead of over 100.

Regular wickets continued to fall, Lilley (4/57), Lester (3/40) and Liam Hurt (2/57) all claiming scalps as the hosts were bowled out for 200.

Lancashire required 148 from 37 overs to claim a hard-fought victory but openers Karl Brown (18) and George Balderson (5) both fell cheaply attempting to score quickly.

When the Red Rose were reduced to 42-4, a win seemed unlikely. But step forward Bohannon who struck 52 from 53 balls with support from Lilley (19) to take their side to 133-7 and needing 16 runs to win, with just four overs remaining.

Bohannon was dismissed with four runs still required, and two overs left to play, so it was down to Lester to guide his side home, scoring an invaluable 18 not out to secure a nail-biting win with an over to spare.

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