Lancashire batsmen impress on opening day
Lancashire v Cambridge: Day One Review
Alex Davies, Steven Croft, Dane Vilas and Jordan Clark all hit half centuries on the opening day as Lancashire declared on 338/6 against Cambridge MCCU at Fenner’s.
The home side won the toss and elected to bowl first with Alex Davies and Haseeb Hameed opening the batting for Lancashire.
Runs were hard to come by in the opening overs. In the final ball of the seventh over, Hameed was struck on the hand by fast bowler Tim Moses and was forced to retire hurt. The 20 year-old would later go to hospital for a precautionary scan and the Lancashire batsman will be reassessed overnight.
Liam Livingstone (1) joined Davies but was soon dismissed after opening bowler Rippington trapped the Cumbrian-born batsman lbw.
Captain Steven Croft came in at four and played positively for Lancashire as runs started to flow for opener Alex Davies, who was playing in his first competitive game since a long-term knee injury last year.
Croft took particular liking to Cambridge spin bowler Luke Chapman as he hit two boundaries in the 26th over.
The following over, Davies dispatched Barton for two more as the Lancashire wicket keeper moved to his half century off 96 balls just before lunch.
Davies and Croft (78) played nicely after lunch as the pair put on 155 for the second wicket before the Lancashire Captain was dismissed by Barton.
Davies (80) fell shortly after to the same bowler before Ryan McLaren fell without scoring as Lancashire went from 173/1 to 183/4.
Dane Vilas and Jordan Clark had some rebuilding work to do for Lancashire and both players started steadily against a Cambridge attack who had their tails up.
Clark hit the first maximum of the innings down the ground before Vilas hit his maiden Lancashire First Class half century from 80 balls.
Vilas (56) was soon dismissed by Barton, his third of the day, with the former South African Test batsman wicket keeper getting a leading edge and was caught in the covers.
Clark (64) continued to play positively and hit two further sixes but was bowled by Chapman. Stephen Parry (14*) Tom Bailey (10*) finished off the innings as Lancashire delared on 338/6 with 45 minutes left in the day.
The university opening batsman faced a stern test with James Anderson and Kyle Jarvis opening the bowling and an early breakthrough came for the visitors.
Anderson dimissed both openers cheaply as Cambridge finished the day on 15/2 from a testing 12 overs.
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