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Croft and Brown hit half centuries in Dubai

Croft and Brown hit half centuries in Dubai

Lancashire duo hits half centuries on final day in Dubai

Karl Brown and Steven Croft both hit half centuries for Lancashire as Glen Chapple’s side concluded this year’s pre-season tour with another productive day in Dubai in their red ball fixture against Glamorgan at the ICC Academy.

It was agreed before play on Day Two that Glamorgan would bat for the first 30 overs, before Lancashire would bat for 30 and then swapping again.

On a boiling hot day in Dubai, Danny Lamb took Lancashire’s only wicket in the morning session as Murphy (67* retired out), Carlson (46), Donald (31*) and Lloyd (22*) all spent time in the middle for Glamorgan.

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In Lancashire’s second innings, Rob Jones was trapped lbw for 1 off Smith as Steven Croft joined Karl Brown in the middle.

The pair batted sensibly in the early stages but upped their run rate throughout the afternoon.

Brown reached his half century from 60 deliveries before Croft reached the same landmark just two overs later from 57 balls.

Both batsman retired shortly after reaching 50 to give others batsmen time in the middle.

Danny Lamb was dismissed cheaply whilst Tom Bailey (14) and Brooke Guest (12*) chipped in with some late runs as Lancashire posted 140/5 from 30 overs.

In Glamorgan’s second innings from 30 overs, Selman and Salter started positively, with both batsmen hitting early boundaries.

Chris Sanders made Lancashire’s first breakthrough trapping Selman lbw for 13. Stephen Parry removed Cooke for 11 before Salter went to his half century.

Glamorgan finished on 90.5 as Steven Croft took two late wickets before Rob Jones bowled Brown as Lancashire finished this year's pre-season tour in Dubai on a high.

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