Lancashire restrict Loughborough on opening day
Day One Report
Saqib Mahmood (3/53) took three wickets with Graham Onions (2/34) and Matthew Parkinson (2/31) taking two as Lancashire restricted Loughborough to 191/9 on the opening dayat the Haslegrove Ground.
Stand in Captain Haseeb Hameed won the toss and elected to bowl first on Saturday morning, but play was delayed by half an hour on the opening morning due to rain.
Onions and Mahmood opened the bowling for Glen Chapple's side and the former England bowler made the first breakthrough of the day in the 7th over trapping Sam Evans lbw.
Jordan Clark was introduced into the attack and soon dismissed Bracey (5) as wicket keeper Alex Davies took a good catch down the leg side to leave Loughborough 30/2 in the 15th over.
Lunch was taken with the hosts 61/2 and Mahmood soon made Lancashire's third breakthrough when he clean bowled Soames for 19.
The wickets continued for the visitors with Onions then taking his second wicket trapping Azad lbw for 33 before Mahmood took his second wicket bowling Hammond.
Tom Bailey then dismissed Tillcock for 23 to leave Loughborough struggling on 117/7.
Lancashire spinner Matthew Parkinson took two wickets removing Rishton and Rollings but Chris Sanders and Will Pereira frustrated the Lancashire attack putting on an unbeaten 50 partnership for the final wicket.
The players were brought off the field early due to bad light and Loughborough closed the day on 191/9.
Post-Match Reaction from Steven Croft
"Today was a good run out. Conditions were a bit difficult and damp this morning but the lads got on with it. The first two sessions went our way and then they fought back well at the end.
"We had a few games in Dubai and we’ve just come from Cardiff so fitness levels are getting to where they need to be in time for the start of the season. Getting overs under your belt is important and that experience out in the middle; there is nothing like it.
"I have been really impressed with Saqib. He obviously did very well for the Lions in the winter and bowled well up at Cardiff this week.
"I have been feeling really good all pre-season and the games have gone my way. I have got plenty of runs under my belt and hopefully I can continue with that going into the start of the season.
"We have still got Shiv and Livi to come into the side. I am sure there will be a few selection headaches and there will be a few disappointed people in the squad.
"I think that is what you want from the squad. You want everybody fighting for those few spots and it has definitely crossed my mind that there is no guarantee about being in the squad. It should spur us all on to perform better.
"Graham has been with us all winter and he is fitting in really well, not only on a personal level, but he is one of the senior players and he is really helping with the younger bowlers.
"We have got a good enough squad to compete on all fronts and in all competitions. We want to do better in the one-day stuff. We have underperformed in the last couple of years and we want to also be able to go one better in the Championship."
Photo credit - Luke Adams
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