Lancs clinch impressive innings victory to go second
Day Four Report
Lancashire wrapped up an impressive victory over Hampshire by an innings and 30 runs midway through the final afternoon at Emirates Old Trafford to go second in the Specsavers County Championship table at the halfway stage of the season.
After 7 games, Essex are top with 114 points, Lancashire have 100, Yorkshire are third on 89 while Hampshire drop to fourth with 87.
Resuming their second innings on 50-5 and needing a further 148 runs to make Lancashire bat again, Hampshire lost an early wicket when Matt Salisbury edged James Anderson (4-20) to Dane Vilas at slip for 0.
Rain then help up play for just over one hour-with 18 overs lost-but Kyle Jarvis provided Lancashire with just the tonic they needed when he bowled Sean Ervine off an inside edge for 13 on the stroke of lunch to leave the visitors on 81-7.
Ryan McLaren had already seen some strong lbw appeals turned down before he successfully trapped Lewis McManus in front for 24, and the South African followed that with the wicket of Kyle Abbott, who gloved a pull behind to Alex Davies for 11 to leave the visitors on the brink of defeat.
Gareth Berg held up the inevitable with a nice cameo innings of 49 before he was last man out after also gloving an attempted pull to Davies, this time off Jarvis (3-49), as Lancashire wrapped up victory just after 3pm.
Lancashire’s next Championship game is the day/night match using a pink ball when they play Warwickshire at Edgbaston next week, 26-29 June (2pm start each day).
James Anderson hailed “a really good performance” after the Red Rose clinched their third Championship victory of the season.
“I thought we played really well throughout the game,” he said.
“We bowled well in the first innings, and thought the pitch was pretty flat. They batted well too, Bailey in particular.
“We were in trouble with the bat at one point but Al Davies first, and then Ryan and Dane got us up to a really good score. When you get to that sort of lead on a third and fourth day pitch, you’ve got a real shout.
“We knew if we put the ball in the right areas we could challenge them and take wickets. Our aim was to try and bowl straight, make them play as much as possible and challenge both sides of the edge which is what we did.
Anderson was full of praise for the contribution from Lancashire’s newcomers this season, Ryan McLaren and Dane Vilas.
“First of all they are really solid professionals who work really hard,” he said. “They set a great example to the other guys.
“Also they are quality crickets, both internationals, which helps. They’ve been fantastic additions, and they’ve had great starts to their Lancashire careers which is good for us.
Last season Lancashire led the Championship table at the halfway stage before falling away over the latter part of the campaign, so Anderson is not getting carried away with being second at the same stage this year.
“I think a lot of people wouldn’t have expected Essex and Lancashire to be first and second after seven games,” he said.
“We’re in a strong position and confidence is high in the group. We’ve got a lot of players playing well and a lot of competition for places as well which is healthy.
“We are not going to get carried away. We have a big game starting on Monday against Warwickshire, and if we can get a result there it will put us in a great position before we get to the back end of the summer.
“We will have last season in mind. We’ve got to make sure that what happened last year doesn’t happen again.
“I think we’ve got to look to keep improving as a team, there are areas where we can improve. We’ve got batsmen who are short of runs who can still help us out, and bowlers pushing for places in the team. We’ve got strength in depth, which should keep everyone on our toes, and that’s good.
“If we can keep improving on performances, and this week was a really good performance, we will be in a strong position at the end of the season.”
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