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Bohannon maiden century puts Lancashire in charge

Bohannon maiden century puts Lancashire in charge

Josh Bohannon scored his maiden first-class century as Lancashire put themselves firmly in the driving seat against Derbyshire on a rain-shortened second day in the Specsavers County Championship at Emirates Old Trafford.

Moved up the order to number three in Lancashire’s previous Championship match against Glamorgan, Bohannon produced a chanceless and impressive century-reaching the close unbeaten on 150-and combining with Liam Livingstone who is 70 not out, to add 194 runs for the third wicket-Lancashire’s highest partnership for any wicket so far this season-to take the Red Rose 25 runs ahead by the close on 269-2.

To round off a good day for the county the close of play score from New Road, where fourth-placed Glamorgan failed to get any batting points against Worcestershire, means that Lancashire will be promoted this week if they match, or better, Glamorgan’s result over the next two days.

Resuming on 20-1 Bohannon was quickly away with a nicely timed off drive for four off Luis Reece and later produced a lovely back foot drive through cover for four off Ravi Rampaul.

But those boundaries were fairly rare events as the first part of the day was a cagey affair as Lancashire set out determined to get up towards or past beyond Derbyshire’s first innings total of 244.  

Jennings, who clipped a lovely drive through square-leg in Hudson-Prentice’s first over, epitomised the Red Rose approach with a resolute innings of 38 across two and a half hours on a slowish pitch.

After all his hard work a rare moment of misjudgement did for the left-handed batsman when he shouldered arms to spinner Hamidullah Qadri only to see his off stump knocked back.

That ended a solid partnership of 63 with Bohannon but the 22 year-old powered on to reach his fifty, hitting sixes off both Qadri and Anuj Dal although it was the timing of his driving through mid-off and cover that really caught the eye.

It was a pull for four however by Bohannon off Dal that brought up the fifty partnership off just 45 balls for the third wicket, with Livingstone joining forces in taking the attack to the faltering Derbyshire bowling as Lancashire reached 136-2 at tea.

The evening session continued in pretty much the same vein as Bohannon and Livingstone dominated proceedings, the pair racing along without any alarms to post their century partnership off 120 balls moments before Bohannon joyfully celebrated his maiden first-class century with a quick single from the 173rd ball faced having hit 15 fours alongside two sixes.

Livingstone was soon raising his bat in acknowledgement of his own half century (68 balls, 8 fours) with the 150 stand arriving from 190 balls as Lancashire went past the Derbyshire total shortly before the close when Bohannon swept Leus du Plooy for his 18th four before going to his 150 from the penultimate ball of a memorable day.

"It is a bit surreal to be honest but I'm really chuffed,” was Josh Bohannon’s reaction on reaching his maiden first-class century.

"One of the first things we talked about at the start of the season was if you get a hundred and you get in on a good pitch can you get to 150 or make it a double century?

"Obviously Dane Vilas has done it this season so it's very pleasing and hopefully I can kick on again tomorrow and get us in a great position to win this game. Everyone understands that a hundred is a great milestone for an individual but you have to kick on for the team and carry on batting.”

It was Bohannon’s second outing at number three in the batting order following on from Lancashire’s previous game against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay a couple of weeks ago.

"I've been bumped up the order from eight to seven and then from seven to five and did okay. When I spoke to Dane he said he thought I deserved a bit more of a chance,” he explained.

“I always felt I just needed one score there (at number three) after it didn’t quite go according to plan at Colwyn Bay and that I'd be fine and thankfully it's come today.”

And Bohannon is keeping very grounded about what he’s achieved today, adding:

"I'm very happy and playing first-class cricket is something you dream about.

It's only one innings though in what will hopefully be a long career and I've just got to keep going."

Ken Grime
Photos Barry Mitchell

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