Hameed hits double century on opening day
Match Report: Day One from Loughborough
Haseeb Hameed’s brilliant unbeaten 202 was the feature of Lancashire’s dominant opening day of their University friendly at Loughborough.
Hameed batted for the majority of day one from number three in the order and hit 30 fours and two sixes in his 313-ball stay at the crease as Lancashire closed on 379-5 from 106 overs.
It is the 22-year-old’s highest score in the Red Rose first team, although it will not count towards the records given this fixture is not first-class.
Loughborough, invited to field first, very much played their part in the first half of the day in particular at Haslegrave, in front of the backdrop of the ECB’s National Performance Centre.
But they tired later on as Hameed was joined by sixth-wicket partner Rob Jones, who finished 67 not out.
WATCH: Haseeb Hameed's double century highlights
The pair shared an unbroken 181 inside 51 overs.
Bramhall-born seamer Chris Sanders forced Alex Davies to play on inside the first five overs before Hameed and Keaton Jennings shared 88 for the second wicket.
Either side of lunch, where the visitors reached at 112-2, Hameed then shared 55 with Australian debutant Glenn Maxwell before Lancashire lost their overseas player and Brooke Guest lbw to successive deliveries from left-arm seamer Will Pereira.
Jennings and Maxwell both spent useful time at the crease in this friendly fixture, hitting 31 and 37 respectively ahead of next Thursday’s County Championship opener against Middlesex at Lord’s.
But Hameed’s innings was the highlight.
The right-hander’s troubles with injury and loss of form since playing Test cricket for England in late 2016 have been well documented, but this was an excellent start to a summer which will hopefully see him back to his best.
He drove handsomely down the ground and through the covers, later attacking to leg against spin of home captain Adam Tillcock, Elliot Hooper and James Clifford.
He reached his century with a pull through mid-wicket off Sanders midway through the afternoon, his 19th boundary, off 183 balls.
After Davies had played on, Jennings chipped Tillcock’s left-armers to mid-wicket - 105-2 in the 28th over.
During the afternoon, Pereira trapped Maxwell and Guest lbw as the Red Rose fell to 160-4 in the 47th over.
Lancashire skipper Dane Vilas, who played a one-day game in South Africa for the Dolphins on Sunday, had made his way to 11 by the time he fell to Hooper’s left-arm spin, caught at slip.
That left the score at 198-5 in the 56th - that became 229-5 from 72 at tea, with Hameed unbeaten on 120 with Jones for company.
Both men hit sixes off Clifford’s off-spin, Jones whipping wide of long-on and Hameed’s viciously pulled flat over mid-wicket to move into the 170s late in the day.
By that time, Jones had reached 50 off 135 balls, and their partnership was heading towards the 150-mark as the students now tired.
Hameed reached his double century off 311 balls inside the last six overs of the day.