Lancashire enjoy productive opening day against UAE
Lancashire enjoyed a strong day of batting against the UAE national team in Dubai today as their pre-season tour draws to a close.
The Red Rose county, who are playing a final two-day match before flying home in a couple of days, closed day one at the ICC Global Academy on 319-7 from 90 overs.
They were boosted by 92 retired out from opener Karl Brown, 51 retired out from captain Steven Croft and 50 from Liam Livingstone, who has enjoyed a particularly productive tour.
Livingstone scored a half-century in last Thursday’s Twenty20 win over the Fly Emirates XI having hit an unbeaten 48 in the two-day friendly against Yorkshire last Tuesday.
The UAE team fielded Red Rose quartet Nathan Buck, Toby Lester, Saqib Mahmood and Simon Kerrigan, with Mahmood getting Jordan Clark cheaply on the way to figures of 2-47 from 14 overs.
Buck also encouraged for 1-32 from 13 overs.
Brown and opening partner Haseeb Hameed gave the county a fine start after electing to bat by sharing 71 inside 21 overs for the first wicket, with the latter making 33.
Leg-spinner Imran Haider made the breakthrough when he got Hameed caught at mid-on by Kerrigan before Brown reached 50 off 79 balls before lunch.
Brown and Croft shared 94 for the second wicket, with the latter hitting Kerrigan over long-off for six – one of three maximums before he retired immediately upon reaching his fifty off 94 balls.
Clark departed having mis-timed a hook against Mahmood shortly before tea, leaving the score at 239-4 in the 60th over.
Livingstone reached a run-a-ball half-century shortly after tea before holing out to Mahmood with the score on 246.
Buck struck shortly afterwards when Alex Davies gloved into the slips, leaving Lancashire at 269-6 at the back end of the 72nd over.
Twelve more runs had been added to the total by the time Luis Reece was lbw sweeping to Rameez Shahzad’s off-spin.
Shahzad played second XI cricket for Durham in 2010 and 2011, debuting against a Red Rose side including Brown, Livingstone and Arron Lilley.
Luke Procter and Stephen Parry took the Red Rose score beyond 300, finishing on 30 and 16 not out respectively.