MATCH REPORT: Highlights and reaction from Hampshire v Lancashire Day 2
Lancashire CCC Match Report
Will Smith’s career best 210 anchored Hampshire’s imposing 548-5 declared on day two against Lancashire at the Ageas Bowl.
The hosts are ahead at the halfway stage of this Specsavers County Championship match, although Lancashire did reply with a healthy 70-1 from 25 overs, including 39 not out for Haseeb Hameed.
Smith faced 455 balls and batted for nine and a half hours, advancing from 99 overnight.
The opener and captain reached his hundred off the first ball of the day when he cut Kyle Jarvis for four off his 285th delivery.
He completed partnerships of 89 for the second wicket with Tom Alsop and 129 for the fifth with Ryan McLaren, who both made half-centuries.
McLaren had reached 81 not out by the time the declaration came after 165 overs.
“It is a flat wicket, we found that out yesterday,” said Mahmood, who finished with 1-121 from 33 overs on debut.
“But we didn’t let them get away aside from a three-over blitz after tea.
“It’s a wicket where it’s not that easy to take wickets. Nicks aren’t carrying to slip, and there’s not a great deal of zip. It’s one of those where you’ve got to dry it up and be relentless and be patient.
“I was saying to one of the lads ‘when you dream of making your first-class debut, this isn’t the wicket to make it on’.
“But I guess you’ve got to experience things like these, and it’s nice to get them out of the way early doors. It’s only going to make me a better player.
“It’s not always going to be like this. There will be easier days.”
Lancashire took three wickets in the morning session as Hampshire, 276-1 overnight, reached lunch at 391-4 from 129 overs.
Tom Smith trapped Also lbw in his first over of the day, the second in all, for 50 before Jordan Clark bowled Liam Dawson and Simon Kerrigan had Adam Wheater caught at cover.
But, unfortunately, Lancashire failed to gain a single bowling bonus point as their third Hampshire wicket came outside of the 110-over cut off point.
Thirty-three-year-old Smith, who offered his only chance on 70 on day one, later reached his second career double hundred off 449 balls and reached a career best when he topped 202.
He fell when he miscued Steven Croft’s off-spinners to mid-off - 492-5 in the 153rd over - before McLaren hit one of only two sixes in the innings just before tea over long-on against Kerrigan.
Hampshire continued their first innings after tea, with Mahmood, bowling with the third new ball, picking up his maiden first-class wicket when Lewis McManus was caught behind pulling as the hosts fell to 525-6 in the 163rd.
McLaren then took 16 off Mahmood’s next over, including a pulled six to long-leg, before the declaration came.
Kyle Jarvis finished with 0-73 from 31 and Kerrigan 1-101 from 35. Clark was Lancashire’s most successful bowler with 2-63 from 23.
Tom Smith played out an eventful first over of Lancashire’s reply as he was hit on the shoulder by Gareth Berg before edging him for four to third-man.
But he fell in the seventh over when he edged the same bowler behind having failed to add to his early boundary, with the visitors 12-1.
Hameed helped to take 16 off Berg in the eleventh over, including three successive boundaries, the pick of which was a lovely on-drive.
Lancashire’s innings was not without alarm, however.
Hameed was dropped on 19 at point off McLaren in the over after hitting his trio of boundaries, with Mason Crane failing to hold on at point.
And Luke Procter survived a very confident lbw shout from left-arm spinner Dawson on the way to 21 not out.
But the Red Rose will begin tomorrow’s third day in a healthy position with the bat after an unbroken second-wicket stand of 58 between Hameed and Procter.
“We’ve battled through quite well,” added Mahmood. “They’ve got a big score on the board and can afford to play around with the field.
“70-1 is a decent start, and if we can get through the first half hour and make them graze, it will be nice.
“When we had the new ball, there was a lot of plays and misses, and it was just a shame we nicked one early doors. A couple turned at the end.
“Our main aim is to carry on batting now. We don’t want to look too far ahead. You never know, if we get a lead, we can have a little blitz at them towards the end of the last day and try and knock a few over.”