Worcestershire dominate Second Day at New Road
Lancashire all-rounder Danny Lamb is to become the first concussion replacement in English first class cricket - as his team-mates were put to the sword by Worcestershire’s batsmen on day two of the Specsavers County Championship match at Blackfinch New Road.
Lamb, 22, is to take over from Australian overseas player, Joe Mennie, who suffered suspected concussion when hit on the head by a return drive from Worcestershire batsman Martin Guptill.
Lancashire informed match Cricket Liaison Officer Richard Ellison of their intention to withdraw Mennie from the game and the former England and Kent player gave his approval to replace him with Lamb who was travelling down from Manchester this afternoon.
The new ECB regulations on concussion replacements in such circumstances were brought in this winter in the interests of player safety and health.
Lancashire’s concern was understandable given that Mennie suffered a fractured skull in January 2017 as a Sydney Sixers player when hit on the head in the nets by a shot from Michael Lumb.
Assistant Coach Mark Chilton said: “Joe has taken quite a nasty impact on the side of the head just above the temple, quite a heavy blow. Therefore that causes an immediate concern for everyone.
“At some point tonight he will undergo his concussion tests but at this minute it is just being considered as a head injury.
“He was concious all the time but clearly not very well and pretty dazed by it and his head is sore. He is much better now and has shown signs of significant improvement.
“The way the (ECB) policy is set up is with a head injury and concussion, you are allowed a replacement. We took an early view because of the severity of the impact that we have to withdraw Joe from the game.
“You then have to report this to the CLO (Richard Ellison) and then we try and find a like for like replacement who we’ve got on the way down from Manchester in Danny Lamb.
“There is very clear protocol to follow. That has to be passed by the CLO and he is very comfortable with that.”
On the field, Lancashire suffered a day of misery after a startling first innings collapse in which 10 wickets went down for 53 runs in 22.2 overs as they were bowled out for 130 – a deficit of 117.
Then Daryl Mitchell completed two hundreds in the match as he and fellow century-maker Guptill – on his debut – put on 215 for the first wicket in 33 overs.
New Zealand star Guptill smashed four sixes and 10 fours in his 97 ball century – the first time a Worcestershire player had scored a Championship century on their debut since Phil Jaques against Surrey at The Oval in 2006.
He was eventually out for 111 – lbw to Tom Bailey – but Mitchell went onto reach his second ton of the game from 111 balls with 15 boundaries.
It was the fourth time the 34-year-old had clocked up that milestone in a game, equalling the number achieved for Worcestershire by his boyhood hero Graeme Hick.
Mitchell went onto make 163 from 221 balls with 20 fours before he was dismissed by Jordan Clark.
He added a further 137 with Tom Fell (62) as Worcestershire closed on 361-4 a lead of 478.
The visitors had reached 77-0 shortly before the close last night in reply to Worcestershire’s 247 before losing five wickets for nine runs.
The sorry procession continued today with Worcestershire all-rounder Ed Barnard completing his third five wicket haul of the campaign.
Only openers Keaton Jennings (55) and Alex Davies (43) reached double figures.
Barnard finished with 5-34 from 16 overs and he was well supported by Charlie Morris (3-20) and Steve Magoffin (2-58).
England Test opener Jennings completed his half century off 114 balls with nine boundaries before he was lbw to Magoffin for 55.