Lilley and Bohannon star as Second XI close in on Championship
Lancashire are closing in on the Second XI Championship title after dominating the third day of the final against Hampshire.
A brilliant run-a-ball 72 from Arron Lilley helped the Red Rose to a first innings lead of 104, then three wickets from Josh Bohannon late in the day saw Hampshire close on 66/6, still 38 runs short of making Lancs bat again.
Resuming on 104/4, Lancs lost Brooke Guest early on but Toby Lester, the other not out batsman overnight, battled away until he fell LBW to Brighton Mugochi for a valuable 47.
Matt McKeirnan gave the innings some impetus by thumping six fours in a quickfire 34, then the ninth wicket pair of Lilley and Liam Hurt helped swing the game Lancashire’s way with a partnership of 103 at just over six runs an over.
Lilley hit 10 fours and two sixes in his thrilling knock, while Hurt’s unbeaten 42 included four fours and a maximum before Lancashire were all out for 352.
Lester trapped opener Joe Barrett LBW with Hampshire’s second innings on 26, and in the next over Saqib Mahmood removed Fraser Hay without any addition to the score.
The hosts moved the score on to past 50 before a clatter of late wickets put Lancashire firmly in control. Guest took three catches behind the stumps, and Bohannon finished the day with the outstanding figures of 3/8 from seven overs.
With two new batsmen at the crease, Lancs will be looking to polish Hampshire’s tail off quickly when play resumes on Friday at Newclose on the Isle of Wight, with the prospect of a first outright championship win since 1997 very much within reach.