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Lancashire secure draw against Hampshire

Lancashire secure draw against Hampshire

Lancashire were made to follow-on during the fourth afternoon of their Specsavers County Championship match against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl, but they held on for the draw.

The Red Rose slipped from 310-4 overnight to 387 all out just after lunch as they replied to the hosts’ first-innings 548-6 declared.

But, given Hampshire enforced the follow-on with a minimum of 58 overs remaining in the match, their chances of a win were slim in largely good batting conditions.

And so it proved, as Lancashire finished on 98-3 from 51 overs and took seven points from the match.

Captain Steven Croft finished with 78 in Lancashire’s first innings having started day four unbeaten on 41.

He was the visitors’ fourth fifty-maker in their top five and later opened the batting in their second innings, making 22. It was his own idea having gotten himself used to conditions before lunch.

Haseeb Hameed finished unbeaten on 53 off 146 balls, his second half-century of the match.

Leg-spinner Mason Crane took three of Lancashire’s six first-innings wickets to fall today, while England T20 left-arm spinner Liam Dawson added two.

They finished with 3-87 and 3-63 respectively in the first innings before Dawson returned 3-22 from 18 second time around.

“We are disappointed to have only come out with seven points, but the draw was important,” said Giles.

“We came here wanting to win the game, but I think we were on the wrong end of the toss. It was a really important toss.

“They still played very well. Will Smith played well for them up front.

“Conditions today were much more challenging. By the end of the third day, it started to spin a bit more and bite. We knew it would be challenging.

“All our focus was getting past that follow-on. We didn’t manage that and in the end we’re fine.

“We could have been a bit more ruthless in trying to get that follow-on, but that’s my only complaint. Otherwise, I think we’ve fought extremely well over the last couple of days.”

Night-watchman Simon Kerrigan fell to the day’s sixth ball, caught behind off Crane before Liam Livingstone lost his off-stump to Ryan McLaren as he offered no shot.

Jordan Clark was then caught at second slip off Crane, who later wrapped up the innings by getting Croft stumped.

Sandwiched in between, Dawson bowled Tom Moores, who had slog swept a six in his 18, in the final over of the morning and got Kyle Jarvis caught at slip either side of the lunch break.

Croft and Hameed were understandably watchful in Lancashire’s second innings, with 17 runs coming off the first 17 overs, including Dawson taking the new ball.

They reached tea at 37-0 from 25 overs.

Croft then fell to the first ball of the evening session for 22, caught at silly point off Dawson, who had Luke Procter caught at silly mid-on shortly afterwards as the score slipped to 47-2 in the 28th over.

Hameed hit successive boundaries off Crane in the 31st over, one pulled and the other driven, to move to 27 and take the score to 59-2.

Unfortunately, the score soon became 61-3 as Alviro Petersen prodded Dawson to silly point in the 34th over.

Hampshire skipper Will Smith opted to go on beyond 5pm, the earliest time a draw could have been called, with Lancashire at 78-3 from 41 overs.

Hameed reached his second fifty off the match off 142 balls with seven fours as he and Livingstone, 13 not out, saw Lancashire to safety.

Sixth-placed Lancashire will go into their 12th match of the campaign, against Yorkshire at Emirates Old Trafford on Saturday, 23 points behind leaders Middlesex and only 29 ahead of second-bottom Nottinghamshire.

Andrew G

I think our performances this year have been awful across all formats ever since we beat Surrey in the championship. Since mid May we have hardly won a game of cricket. Take that first month away think we would have been relegated. My worry regards Giles is he seems to recognise the problems but does not know how to solve them. Must be the only county who changes the opening batting pair every single match! A top quality mid order batsman must be a priority also.

brian burns

Lets hope the board smell the Coffee and make the relevant changes on and off the pitch. A club the size of ours, should be fighting for the best players and for all the trophies on offer too. Having average and below average players is not LCCC.

Andrew G

I feel we have no plan and not really sure Giles know's what he is doing!

brian burns

Yes, as mentioned a few times over the past week or two, we have a very poor management structure on(Croft) and off(Giles et al) the field. Mind boggling decisions all season.

Frank Lennon

A few things are really puzzling me. A few years ago Lancashire tried to make Tom Smith an opening batsman with no success. Last year (admittedly in Division 2), Karl Brown did very well as an opener. This season, Tom Smith is opening again with little, if any, more success than last time, while Karl Brown has had a pretty miserable season further down the order. Last season, Arron Lilley was one of the successes in the championship and became our prime spinner while this year he has scarcely appeared. Can anyone throw any light on these mysteries?

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