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Day Two Report - Warwickshire vs Lancashire

Day Two Report - Warwickshire vs Lancashire

Warwickshire's opening batsman Andrew Umeed kept the hostsĀ from further batting ruin with a marathon century against in-form Lancashire in the Specsavers County Championship at Edgbaston.

In reply to Lancashire's 273, the home side reached 259 for seven by the close of the second day thanks largely to Umeed's unbeaten 103 from 339 balls with six fours.

Against a Lancashire seam attack which bowled with impressive control all day, Umeed's concentration was unwavering. The 21-year-old batted throughout the day, at the end of which his innings had lasted 434 minutes.

While partners came and went, Umeed dealt capably with the novel challenges of pink ball, day/night championship cricket, perhaps assisted by having played in last year's trial 2nd XI game in those conditions against Worcestershire at Edgbaston - when he made 45 from 158 balls.

For a Warwickshire side with four innings defeats in six games this season, such stickability was priceless - though Lancashire's bowlers, led by a big shift from James Anderson, kept their opponents under pressure all day.

After Warwickshire resumed in the morning on 23 for one, Umeed and Jonathan Trott took their stand to 74 in 29 overs before the latter fell lbw to a Jordan Clark delivery that stayed low. Clark then produced a superb ball to have Ian Bell caught behind for a fourth-ball duck.

Anderson removed Sam Hain for ten with a sharp return catch before Tim Ambrose, having batted positively for 19, attacked a wide ball from Clark and edged to Dane Vilas at first slip.

Anderson almost removed Umeed on 49 when the batsman edged but neither wicketkeeper nor first slip could make the catch and the ball squirted between them to raise the batsman's half-century.

Rikki Clarke (26 in 104 balls) got stuck in alongside Umeed to grind out 49 in 30 overs but then Tom Bailey removed Clarke (bowled) and Keith Barker (lbw) with successive balls.

That left Warwickshire uneasily perched on 184 for seven and Lancashire eyeing a useful lead but Umeed and Jeetan Patel (36 not out, 59 balls) added an unbroken 75 up to the close. The admirable Umeed left the field, still unbowed, to a standing ovation and also grudging respect from the travelling Lancashire supporters, including a crotchety sheep-farmer from Clitheroe.

 
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