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Croft hits century on Day Two in Cardiff

Croft hits century on Day Two in Cardiff

Croft hits century on Day Two in Cardiff

Lancashire all-rounder Steven Croft hit a century on Day as the two-day friendly finished as a draw in Cardiff.

Glamorgan declared on 331/5 overnight which saw Lancashire open with stand-in Captain Haseeb Hameed and new signing Keaton Jennings.

Both players looked in good touch in the early stages with the pair both hitting early boundaries against the Glamorgan seamers.

Hogan bowled Hameed for 21 with Lancashire 37/1 as Alex Davies walked out for the visitors. It was a brief cameo from the Lancashire wicket keeper as in Hogan’s next over he chipped the ball to Jeremy Lawlor at mid-on as Lancashire lost their second wicket on 59. Steven Croft began with an on-driven four against Hogan before harpooning Lloyd for six over long-leg.

Lancashire lost a third wicket with Andrew Salter dismissing Jennings with the opening batsman caught as mid-off with the score 84/3.

Rob Jones hit three boundaries in an innings of 18 before he was trapped lbw by Meschede. Lancashire reached 114/1 at lunch.

Karl Brown joined Steven Croft at the crease for Lancashire with the latter driving the second and third balls of the afternoon session to the ropes at backward point and extra cover. Brown was showing attacking intent as he drove Andrew Salter to the ropes at long-on before pulling van der Gugten for six.

He was dismissed soon after as he miscued a pull against Salter for 19 to leave Lancashire 150/5.

Steven Croft brought up his half century off 76 balls, but  two balls later Brooke Guest was run out by David Lloyd as Croft attempted a single to short mid-wicket. Danny Lamb was the next man in for Lancashire but he departed for 17 after being trapped lbw by Lloyd.

Arron Lilley joined Croft with Lancashire 220/7 before the former Red Rose captain brought his century with a flick to square-leg against Lawlor – the 147th delivery he had faced.

Lancashire began the final session on 259/7 but Croft was trapped lbw by Salter in the first over after the tea break. 

Stephen Parry joined Arron Lilley who was starting to open his shoulders for the visitors. He brought up his half century before going on to hit an unbeaten 83, with Parry (19*), as Lancashire finished the day 343/8.

Photo credit: Daniel Adams

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