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Lancashire draw with Gloucestershire at Cheltenham

Lancashire draw with Gloucestershire at Cheltenham

Lancashire's Specsavers County Championship Division Two match against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham ended in a draw, after there was no play on days two and three.

Gloucestershire had reached 68 for two by 4.50pm, when the sides shook hands after an eventful match which will be remembered for the freak storm on the first night.

Gloucestershire’s opening pair, Hammond (80) and Chris Dent, had put on 55 in 25 overs on the first day as the home side reached 205 in their first innings. Dent, who compiled a half-century, and Jack Taylor added 83 for the fifth wicket.

22-year old seamer Saqib Mahmood had been the stand-out bowler on the first day, picking up four for 48, with Hammond scoring 82.

Lancashire had lost Haseeb Hameed and Jake Lehmann, with David Payne conceding just four runs in an eight over spell, meaning they resumed the final day on 47 for two.

They began day four with a flurry, before being reduced to 149 for five at lunch.

23-year old Rob Jones dealt in boundaries, striking a four from the first delivery of the day, as he and Keaton Jennings doubled their side’s score within the first hour, and he brought up his half-century from 70 deliveries, with nine fours.

But they fell in successive Matt Taylor overs, as Jones was caught behind, before Jennings was caught at slip for 52, having just reached his half-century from 141 balls. Dane Vilas gave Roderick a second catch and Taylor a third wicket, as the visitors went from 105 for two to 126 for five in just six overs.

After losing Liam Livingston five balls into the afternoon, Steven Croft and Tom Bailey led the visitors’ recovery as they gained a first batting point before bringing up their fifty partnership.

Taylor claimed his fifth wicket when he had Saqib Mahmood caught behind. Croft then drove at David Payne at mid-off from Ryan Higgins, who almost picked up a second wicket in two balls when a Jimmy Anderson edge fell just short of the slip cordon, surving a similar delivery in the following over before despatching Taylor over the Chapel End boundary for the first and only maximum of the match.

Payne rounded off the Lancashire innings, when he had Richard Gleeson caught at slip, with an early tea taken.

Gloucestershire began their second innings 39 runs adrift, and lost Hammond in the tenth over when he was caught at slip off Bailey. James Bracey, glancing down the legside, was caught behind off Richard Gleeson in the 18th over, by which time the home side were marginally ahead.

Both sides take nine points from the game.

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