Friday 5 - Sunday 7 April
Haseeb Hameed’s brilliant unbeaten 202 was the feature of Lancashire’s dominant opening day of their University friendly at Loughborough.
Hameed batted for the majority of day one from number three in the order and hit 30 fours and two sixes in his 313-ball stay at the crease as Lancashire closed on 379-5 from 106 overs.
It is the 22-year-old’s highest score in the Red Rose first team, although it will not count towards the records given this fixture is not first-class.
Loughborough, invited to field first, very much played their part in the first half of the day in particular at Haslegrave, in front of the backdrop of the ECB’s National Performance Centre.
But they tired later on as Hameed was joined by sixth-wicket partner Rob Jones, who finished 67 not out.
WATCH: Haseeb Hameed's double century highlights
The pair shared an unbroken 181 inside 51 overs.
Bramhall-born seamer Chris Sanders forced Alex Davies to play on inside the first five overs before Hameed and Keaton Jennings shared 88 for the second wicket.
Either side of lunch, where the visitors reached at 112-2, Hameed then shared 55 with Australian debutant Glenn Maxwell before Lancashire lost their overseas player and Brooke Guest lbw to successive deliveries from left-arm seamer Will Pereira.
Jennings and Maxwell both spent useful time at the crease in this friendly fixture, hitting 31 and 37 respectively ahead of next Thursday’s County Championship opener against Middlesex at Lord’s.
But Hameed’s innings was the highlight.
The right-hander’s troubles with injury and loss of form since playing Test cricket for England in late 2016 have been well documented, but this was an excellent start to a summer which will hopefully see him back to his best.
He drove handsomely down the ground and through the covers, later attacking to leg against spin of home captain Adam Tillcock, Elliot Hooper and James Clifford.
He reached his century with a pull through mid-wicket off Sanders midway through the afternoon, his 19th boundary, off 183 balls.
After Davies had played on, Jennings chipped Tillcock’s left-armers to mid-wicket - 105-2 in the 28th over.
During the afternoon, Pereira trapped Maxwell and Guest lbw as the Red Rose fell to 160-4 in the 47th over.
Lancashire skipper Dane Vilas, who played a one-day game in South Africa for the Dolphins on Sunday, had made his way to 11 by the time he fell to Hooper’s left-arm spin, caught at slip.
That left the score at 198-5 in the 56th - that became 229-5 from 72 at tea, with Hameed unbeaten on 120 with Jones for company.
Both men hit sixes off Clifford’s off-spin, Jones whipping wide of long-on and Hameed’s viciously pulled flat over mid-wicket to move into the 170s late in the day.
By that time, Jones had reached 50 off 135 balls, and their partnership was heading towards the 150-mark as the students now tired.
Hameed reached his double century off 311 balls inside the last six overs of the day.
Lancashire enjoyed another productive day of friendly cricket at Loughborough, led by centurion Rob Jones and three-wicket seamers Jimmy Anderson and Mark Footitt.
The Red Rose county have dominated the first two days of their University clash at Haslegrave, amassing 468-7 declared and bowling the students out for 152 in response.
Lancashire had the option of enforcing the follow-on after tea, but they opted to bat again with a lead of 316 and closed on 52-0 from eleven overs.
Openers Keaton Jennings and Alex Davies hit 26 apiece.
Brilliant Haseeb Hameed started the day unbeaten on 202 and fell for 218 off 336 balls before Jones converted an overnight half-century into an unbeaten 103 not out off 219 balls.
Loughborough started their reply shortly before lunch, slipping to 22-2, and were bowled out through Anderson’s 3-21 from 14 overs and debutant Footitt’s 3-26 from 13.2.
The on-loan Nottinghamshire seamer claimed three of the last four wickets in the innings, with the other taken by fellow debutant Glenn Maxwell.
Graham Onions also struck once and Josh Bohannon twice.
Jones started the day unbeaten on 67 and added another 36 runs, reaching his century off 212 balls with 11 fours and a six.
The 23-year-old is hoping to be a regular fixture in Lancashire’s Championship team this year as he bids to add to a first-class hundred and a fifty from his 13 appearances so far.
Hameed was the first of two Red Rose wickets to fall this morning when he edged seamer Harry Bates to first slip, leaving the score at 410-6 in the 114th over.
All-rounder Bohannon, another of the county’s exciting homegrown up and comers, hit three fours and a pulled six in a combative 20 before he feathered Bates behind - 434-7 in the 118th.
Jones later reached his century, by this time with Onions (15 not out) for company before the declaration came, allowing Anderson to make early inroads before lunch.
He had Tom Haynes caught behind and Louis Kimber caught at deep square-leg following a miscue, later returning to get Elliot Hooper caught at cover as the students fell to 106-6 almost immediately before tea.
Onions had home captain Adam Tillcock smartly caught low down at first slip by Keaton Jennings (47-3) early in the afternoon before Bohannon removed opener Joe Kendall, caught at point.
Jennings, again at first slip, helped Bohannon remove wicketkeeper Adam King, leaving Loughborough at 82-5 in the 39th over of their innings.
Former Essex second-teamer James Clifford top-scored for the hosts with 65 and held the county up either side of tea. But Footitt made the breakthrough as Jennings held his third slip catch to get rid of Chris Sanders (138-7).
And that was the first of four wickets to fall in six overs, with Maxwell getting Clifford caught behind by Davies as the score fell to 138-8 in the 62nd.
Left-armer Footitt then had William Pereira caught at cover and wrapped up the innings by getting Harry Bates caught behind, leaving Jennings and Davies with the best part of an hour’s batting before close.
Glenn Maxwell, Dane Vilas and Keaton Jennings all posted half-centuries during the final day of Lancashire’s three-day friendly at Loughborough University, which finished in a draw.
The Red Rose spent more time batting than bowling in this match, perhaps a precaution owing to the injury issues around the bowling stocks ahead of Thursday’s Specsavers County Championship opener against Middlesex at Lord’s.
Lancashire started their second innings late on day two with a lead of 316 and declared after lunch on 314-3, setting the students an impossible target of 631.
Loughborough closed on 95-2 from 30 overs before the players shook hands just before 5pm.
Opener Jennings started the day on 26 and reached 50 off 70 balls, later finishing with 69 off 94 before retiring out in this non first-class fixture.
Alex Davies (26) did not take his place at the crease this morning, with Brooke Guest instead joining England’s Jennings.
Guest made 23 before he was trapped lbw playing back to Elliot Hooper’s left-arm spin (118-1).
Jennings retired an over later with no addition to the score, bringing powerful Australian Maxwell and captain Vilas together.
Maxwell was in a typically belligerent mood, dominating a stand of 126 inside 15 overs with his third-wicket partner before falling on the stroke of lunch.
He reached 50 off 30 balls before taking 18 off 19 to come off Louis Kimber’s off-spin in the next over, the 42nd of the innings. He hit three fours and one of his five sixes.
Overseas star Maxwell hit all of his five sixes against spin from cover around to mid-wicket before being bowled by Hooper as the score fell to 244-3 in the 46th.
Whilst scoring at virtually a run-a-ball, 71 not out off 72 balls with 10 fours and a six, Vilas was more reserved.
He reached his fifty off 58 balls after lunch and was partnered by Josh Bohannon, who hit six fours in an unbeaten 37 in the latter stages of the innings.
Having scored a superb double hundred and a century respectively in the first innings, there was no need for Haseeb Hameed and Rob Jones to bat.
Graham Onions and Jimmy Anderson then struck inside the first eleven overs of the home ‘chase’, leaving them at 18-2.
Anderson had Tom Haynes caught at first slip by Jennings before Onions trapped Joe Kendall lbw. Both men bowled miserly opening spells before Bohannon and Mark Footitt took up the attack, bowling 14 overs between them.
Unfortunately, they were unable to strike any further blows, with Kimber and captain Adam Tillcock sharing an impressive unbroken 77.
Kimber finished 44 not out and Tillcock 34 not out, with Jennings and Maxwell also bowling a couple of overs apiece to finish wrap up a useful workout for the county.