Lancashire trio hit half centuries on final day
Glenn Maxwell, Dane Vilas and Keaton Jennings all posted half-centuries during the final day of Lancashire’s three-day friendly at Loughborough University, which finished in a draw.
The Red Rose spent more time batting than bowling in this match, perhaps a precaution owing to the injury issues around the bowling stocks ahead of Thursday’s Specsavers County Championship opener against Middlesex at Lord’s.
Lancashire started their second innings late on day two with a lead of 316 and declared after lunch on 314-3, setting the students an impossible target of 631.
Loughborough closed on 95-2 from 30 overs before the players shook hands just before 5pm.
Opener Jennings started the day on 26 and reached 50 off 70 balls, later finishing with 69 off 94 before retiring out in this non first-class fixture.
Alex Davies (26) did not take his place at the crease this morning, with Brooke Guest instead joining England’s Jennings.
Guest made 23 before he was trapped lbw playing back to Elliot Hooper’s left-arm spin (118-1).
Jennings retired an over later with no addition to the score, bringing powerful Australian Maxwell and captain Vilas together.
Maxwell was in a typically belligerent mood, dominating a stand of 126 inside 15 overs with his third-wicket partner before falling on the stroke of lunch.
He reached 50 off 30 balls before taking 18 off 19 to come off Louis Kimber’s off-spin in the next over, the 42nd of the innings. He hit three fours and one of his five sixes.
Overseas star Maxwell hit all of his five sixes against spin from cover around to mid-wicket before being bowled by Hooper as the score fell to 244-3 in the 46th.
Whilst scoring at virtually a run-a-ball, 71 not out off 72 balls with 10 fours and a six, Vilas was more reserved.
He reached his fifty off 58 balls after lunch and was partnered by Josh Bohannon, who hit six fours in an unbeaten 37 in the latter stages of the innings.
Having scored a superb double hundred and a century respectively in the first innings, there was no need for Haseeb Hameed and Rob Jones to bat.
Graham Onions and Jimmy Anderson then struck inside the first eleven overs of the home ‘chase’, leaving them at 18-2.
Anderson had Tom Haynes caught at first slip by Jennings before Onions trapped Joe Kendall lbw. Both men bowled miserly opening spells before Bohannon and Mark Footitt took up the attack, bowling 14 overs between them.
Unfortunately, they were unable to strike any further blows, with Kimber and captain Adam Tillcock sharing an impressive unbroken 77.
Kimber finished 44 not out and Tillcock 34 not out, with Jennings and Maxwell also bowling a couple of overs apiece to finish wrap up a useful workout for the county.