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Vilas creates history to put Lancs in control

Vilas creates history to put Lancs in control

The Lancashire captain scores a career-best 266, the highest score by a Lancashire number six, to put his side well in control at the halfway stage against Glamorgan

Dane Vilas, the Lancashire captain, led by example with a quite magnificent career best 266 on the second day of their Specsavers County championship game against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay.

At the close, he had guided his team to a substantial lead of 287. With two days remaining and a favourable weather forecast, the visitors are well placed to return to Division One especially as they are likely to gain maximum points from this game. They will resume their first innings on 544 for 9.

Vilas surpassed the previous high score for a Lancashire number six, overtaking his own 244 against Hampshire in 2017, and produced glorious strokes galore to lead his side from the front.

After Keaton Jennings had anchored the innings with his innings of 86 from 191 balls spread over four hours 20 minutes, Vilas came to the crease at the fall of the fourth wicket, and on a placid pitch where there was minimal assistance for the bowlers, he dominated the Glamorgan attack.

He soon passed fifty, before reaching his second successive championship century and his sixth for Lancashire from 102 balls, reaching three figures with successive sixes off Charlie Hemphrey ‘s occasional off spin.

He quickly passed 150, before turning his attention to Lukas Carey- striking the medium pacer for 20 in an over before racing to his double century by guiding Graham Wagg for a single.

Earlier, Michael Hogan had given Glamorgan hope shortly after play began by taking 2/5 in five overs, with Josh Bohannon nicking to the wicketkeeper and Liam Livingstone taken at second slip. Glen Maxwell threatened with some early aggression, before he was well caught on the long leg boundary by Nick Selman.

Rob Jones gave Vilas useful support by adding 115 with his captain for the fifth wicket, and scoring 33, before he was run out by Hemphrey whilst attempting a risky single to mid -off. Danny Lamb, the promising young all-rounder who took four wickets the previous day, then shared a partnership of 111 with Vilas before being bowled one short of a maiden fifty.

Tom Bailey came and went quickly, but there was no stopping Vilas who passed his previous best score of 244, scored against Hampshire at Old Trafford 2 years ago. Saqib Mahmood contributed just four runs to a 55- run partnership, as Vilas continued to plunder the attack.

He was eventually bowled, heaving at David Lloyd’s medium pace, with the South African having faced 240 balls with 35 boundaries and six sixes- two that threatened the cars travelling down Penrhyn Avenue.

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