Mahmood takes four wickets on Day Two
Second XI Report
Lancashire dismissed Hampshire for 248 and reached 103/4 in reply as the weather relented on day two of the Second XI Championship final at Newlove County Cricket Ground.
Two days remain as the Red Rose look to claim a competition they shared with Middlesex in 2013 and last won outright in 1997.
Rain meant that just 7.4 overs had been allowed by on day one on the Isle of Wight, although that was enough time for Toby Lester to get rid of Hampshire opener Joe Barrett.
The hosts resumed on 18-1 and had moved to 50 when Lester trapped Oliver Soames in front to grab his second wicket. Lancashire struck again quickly when Saqib Mahmood took the first of his four wickets, bowling Felix Organ to reduce Hants to 57-3.
Red Rose skipper Karl Brown caught opener Francis Hay for 59 to give Mahmood his second scalp and leave Hampshire with half their side out, but 76 not out from home captain Chris Wood helped guide his side to their final total. Josh Bohannon chipped in twice, and Mahmood took the final two wickets to finish with a haul of 4-76.
Callum Turner fell to the first ball of the Lancashire innings, but Brown and Rob Jones steadied the reply before the Red Rose captain fell with the score on 48-2.
Play was extended to make up some of the time lost on Tuesday, allowing Lancs time to progress towards the hosts’ total. Jones fell just before the close for a patient 38, leaving Lester and Brooke Guest as the not out batsmen for the resumption on Thursday.