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2019 in review: June

2019 in review: June

The Red Rose played four Specsavers County Championship matches in June, including a first outing at Sedbergh School

The month of June started with a draw against Leicestershire at Liverpool Cricket Club in the Specsavers Division Two County Championship.

Liam Livingstone produced a strong performance with the bat, hitting 114 runs to help his side to a total of 449 in their innings. Josh Bohannon also fell two shy of his maiden First-Class century, unbeaten on 98 – something which he would rectify later in the season.

Some lower order resistance helped the visitors up to 288 and though they were subsequently asked to follow-on, they resolutely batted for 98 overs in making 151/5 to come away with a draw.

The next game away to Worcestershire at New Road ended with the same outcome, as things ended square once again for the Red Rose thanks to a mid-June deluge in the Midlands.

After batting first, the home side were bowled all out for 98 at the end of the first day. As with the reverse fixture at Emirates Old Trafford it was James Anderson and Graham Onions doing the damage in taking four wickets each.

No play was possible on the second day and on the little amount of play possible on Day Three, Livingstone was in good form again. He hit 53 as Lancashire reached a score of 110/3, but that was to be it for the match with no further play possible on the final day.

The Red Rose’s only victory of June came against Derbyshire at the County Ground, strengthening their grip at top of the Championship table.

Anderson and Onions’ great bowling form was evident once again, as they took nine and eight respectively to guide their side to a ten-wicket win.

After bowling out the home side for 153 in the first innings, they improved further on that in the second as Derbyshire were restricted to just 84 second time around.

That left the Keaton Jennings with the job of hitting only four runs to secure victory after Lancashire had scored 236 in their first innings.

June ended and July started with a keenly-fought draw against Durham on an historic first outing at Sedbergh School, the venue becoming Lancashire’s 13th for a home First-Class fixture.

The game saw James Anderson take his 950th first-class wicket on the second day, as he took 2/39 to help his side bowl the visitors all out for 281, a first innings deficit of 50 after a number of solid contributions earned Lancs a score of 331 first up.

Graham Onions was the star of the show, thought, taking a five-wicket haul in his maiden First-Class match against the county he joined Lancashire from at the end of the 2017 season.

Dane Villas anchored the second innings, scoring 85 to set Durham a 304-run target on the final day.

Saqib Mahmood struck twice early but some solid defence from Cameron Bancroft (92*) and the middle-to-lower order ensured Lancashire would have to settle for the draw.

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