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Second XI Championship

Worcestershire v Lancashire

Worcestershire Second XI Wor
Lancashire Second XI Lan
255 & 246/9
194 & 386/4 dec

Match Drawn

Tuesday 22 – Thursday 24 May 2018

Barnt Green Cricket Club


  • Day One

    Bohannon and Lester shine on opening day for Lancashire's Second XI

    16 wickets fell on an eventful first day of Lancashire’s Second XI Championship game against Worcestershire at Barnt Green CC.

    Haseeb Hameed won the toss and elected to bat first. However Hameed (24) and his opening partner Rob Jones (7) both fell cheaply, before number three Danny Lamb went for a duck to leave the visitors 59/3.

    Josh Bohannon and Shivnarine Chanderpaul put together a useful stand before the latter was dismissed for 21, but Bohannon looked well set as he moved past his half century.

    Lancashire continued to lose wickets around him though, spinner Nicholas Oxley was the pick of the home sides bowling attack, claiming four for 34.


    Bohannon was running out of partners and ramped up his scoring rate in the process, he was eventually dismissed for 93, including 12 fours and a six. Liam Hurt (16) soon followed as Lancashire were bowled out for 194.

    The Red Rose needed to make a good start with the ball and Toby Lester (3/32) duly obliged, as his early wickets helped reduce Worcestershire to 67/4.

    Number three Joe Barrett was going well and brought up his half century, but with the score on 145/4 he was caught by Jones off the bowling of Tom Lawson (1/36) for 60.

    There was still time for Jack Morley to claim the wicket of Ben Twohig (10) late in the day, as the home side finished on 204/6 with a slender lead of just 10 runs going into Day Two.

  • Day Two

    Hameed and Jones hit centuries for Lancashire's Second XI

    Lancashire dominated Day Two of their Second XI Championship match against Worcestershire, batsmen Haseeb Hameed and Rob Jones both hit centuries as the Red Rose built a healthy second innings lead.

    They started the day ball in hand, looking to take the remaining four Worcestershire wickets - who had a ten run lead. 

    Toby Lester made early inroads when he dismissed Nicholas Oxley for 14, with just six runs added to the overnight score. Lester claimed his five-for shortly after, when Zain Ul-Hassan was caught by Jones, to finish with figures of five for 45.

    Joshua Dell reached his century as batting partners began to run out at the other end. Dell was the last man to go, off the bowling of Danny Lamb (2/14) as the home side were bowled out for 255, to take a first innings lead of 61.

    George Balderson strode out to open with Hameed and the pair quickly moved beyond the 61 run deficit, putting on 104 for the first wicket before Balderson went for 38.

    Jones joined Hameed at the crease and the pair continued to pile on the runs, cashing in on some loose spin bowling from Worcestershire. Hameed was the first to bring up his three figures, his second of the week for Lancashire’s Second XI, as the pair put on a partnership of 148.

    Hameed was eventually caught off the bowling of Tommy Sturgess for 140, but there was still time for Jones to reach his century in the closing minutes of the day. He will return to the crease tomorrow on 102 not out, with Lancashire 340/2, holding a second innings lead of 279 runs.  

  • Day Three

    Second XI frustrated on final day at Worcestershire

    Lancashire’s Second XI were denied victory in their Championship match against Worcestershire by a stubborn last wicket stand, who batted for 23 overs to secure a draw for the hosts at Barnt Green Cricket Club.

    Following his century the night before, Rob Jones was quickly dismissed for 106 on the final morning. There were brief cameos from Shivnarine Chanderpaul (10) and Josh Bohannon (6*) but Lancashire soon declared on 386/4 with Danny Lamb unbeaten on 70, setting the home side 326 to win.

    The visitors chased early wickets to force a result and opening bowlers Toby Lester and Liam Hurt took a wicket each in the closing stages of the morning session to leave Worcestershire 23/2.

    Worcester opener Olly Westbury was joined at the crease by first innings centurion Joshua Dell and the pair took the score beyond three figures, before the latter was dismissed with a handy caught and bowled by Haseeb Hameed for 39.


    Lester (3/25), who finished with eight wickets in the match, and Hurt (3/40) continued to take wickets throughout the middle order as Lancashire put the home side under pressure, at 175/6.

    When Westbury was finally dismissed for 104 the score was on 191/7, with over an hour of play remaining the Red Rose sensed a chance of victory.

    Two quick Jack Morley (2/62) wickets edged them even closer, with one wicket required from the remaining 23 overs.

    But Lancashire couldn’t find the breakthrough as the last wicket pairing of Zain Ul-Hassan (34*) and T Blackledge (7*) thwarted their best efforts to salvage a draw for Worcestershire.

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