Second XI bowlers stick to their task on Day One
Lancashire’s bowlers stuck to their task well on day one of their latest Second XI Championship match against MCC.
On a scorching day at High Wycombe, MCC elected to bat first and ran up a total of 344-9 declared off 96 overs. Karl Brown and Rob Jones safely negotiated the closing six overs to end the first day of three on 18-0.
However, it was the Red Rose who got off to a flyer, reducing MCC to 6-2 by the end of the first over. Liam Hurt took a return catch off his own bowling to get rid of Joe Barrett from the fourth delivery of the match, and then trapped Jakob Bhula in front for a second-ball duck.
The hosts responded strongly, with Eliot Callis and Saf Imtiaz adding 126 before Josh Bohannon caught Callis just before lunch to give Mark Watt the first of his three wickets.
Watt bowled Imtiaz for 80 soon after the resumption to leave matters finely balanced at 161-4, but MCC’s lower order frustrated Lancs with a string of partnerships that would keep Brown’s side in the field for most of the day.
Godsall and Birts had added 36 for the 10th wicket when the declaration came, with Watt the best of the attack with tight figures of 27-10-47-3 and Hurt and Chris Sanders chipping in with two apiece.
Jones and Brown dealt solely in boundaries in the remaining time, leaving Lancashire poised to reduce MCC’s lead on day two.