Jones hits century before Loughborough bowled out
Day Two Report from Loughborough
Lancashire enjoyed another productive day of friendly cricket at Loughborough, led by centurion Rob Jones and three-wicket seamers Jimmy Anderson and Mark Footitt.
The Red Rose county have dominated the first two days of their University clash at Haslegrave, amassing 468-7 declared and bowling the students out for 152 in response.
Lancashire had the option of enforcing the follow-on after tea, but they opted to bat again with a lead of 316 and closed on 52-0 from eleven overs.
Openers Keaton Jennings and Alex Davies hit 26 apiece.
Brilliant Haseeb Hameed started the day unbeaten on 202 and fell for 218 off 336 balls before Jones converted an overnight half-century into an unbeaten 103 not out off 219 balls.
Loughborough started their reply shortly before lunch, slipping to 22-2, and were bowled out through Anderson’s 3-21 from 14 overs and debutant Footitt’s 3-26 from 13.2.
The on-loan Nottinghamshire seamer claimed three of the last four wickets in the innings, with the other taken by fellow debutant Glenn Maxwell.
Graham Onions also struck once and Josh Bohannon twice.
Jones started the day unbeaten on 67 and added another 36 runs, reaching his century off 212 balls with 11 fours and a six.
The 23-year-old is hoping to be a regular fixture in Lancashire’s Championship team this year as he bids to add to a first-class hundred and a fifty from his 13 appearances so far.
Hameed was the first of two Red Rose wickets to fall this morning when he edged seamer Harry Bates to first slip, leaving the score at 410-6 in the 114th over.
All-rounder Bohannon, another of the county’s exciting homegrown up and comers, hit three fours and a pulled six in a combative 20 before he feathered Bates behind - 434-7 in the 118th.
Jones later reached his century, by this time with Onions (15 not out) for company before the declaration came, allowing Anderson to make early inroads before lunch.
He had Tom Haynes caught behind and Louis Kimber caught at deep square-leg following a miscue, later returning to get Elliot Hooper caught at cover as the students fell to 106-6 almost immediately before tea.
Onions had home captain Adam Tillcock smartly caught low down at first slip by Keaton Jennings (47-3) early in the afternoon before Bohannon removed opener Joe Kendall, caught at point.
Jennings, again at first slip, helped Bohannon remove wicketkeeper Adam King, leaving Loughborough at 82-5 in the 39th over of their innings.
Former Essex second-teamer James Clifford top-scored for the hosts with 65 and held the county up either side of tea. But Footitt made the breakthrough as Jennings held his third slip catch to get rid of Chris Sanders (138-7).
And that was the first of four wickets to fall in six overs, with Maxwell getting Clifford caught behind by Davies as the score fell to 138-8 in the 62nd.
Left-armer Footitt then had William Pereira caught at cover and wrapped up the innings by getting Harry Bates caught behind, leaving Jennings and Davies with the best part of an hour’s batting before close.