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Debut wickets for youngsters on Day 2 vs Leicestershire

Debut wickets for youngsters on Day 2 vs Leicestershire

Tom Hartley and George Balderson both took maiden First-Class wickets on the second day against Leicestershire


Wickets for debutants Tom Hartley and George Balderson saw Lancashire finish Day Two on a high against Leicestershire, with the hosts trailing by 139 runs at 183/2.

The pair, joined by Ed Moulton in making their First XI bow for the Club, removed Hassan Azad and Harry Dearden respectively in the final session after a large opening stand between the former and Ben Salter.

An unbeaten century from on-loan opener Slater saw Leicestershire lay the foundations for a substantial first innings reply after the Foxes bowled Lancashire out for 322 on the second day of the Bob Willis Trophy match at Blackfinch New Road.

Slater, whom Leicestershire have signed on a two week loan from Nottinghamshire, hit 15 fours in reaching his hundred off 216 deliveries.

Azad, who averaged 54 in the county championship last season, played with characteristic patience in scoring 58 off 165 deliveries before popping up a catch off the inside edge to short leg off the bowling of Hartley.

It was Rob Jones who took the catch, showing considerable courage to go back in at short leg after earlier being fiercely struck by Slater's pull into the leg-side. Jones bounced straight back up and came back onto the field following a short assessment in the changing rooms.

Balderson picked up the wicket of Harry Dearden as he mistimed an attempted off-drive and gave Lancashire captain Dave Vilas a simple catch at extra cover.

Lancashire's four remaining wickets added 57 runs in the morning after the Red Rose county had resumed on 265-6.

That was aided by a five run penalty, when umpires Nick Cook and Rob White adjudged fast bowler Dieter Klein has committed a Level 2 offence under Law 42, Players' Conduct. Left-arm seamer Klein hit Danny Lamb on the foot when he threw it at the stumps after the Lancashire batsman had defended his delivery back down the pitch.

Overnight batsmen Lamb and Balderson had taken Lancashire's score on to 283 when Chris Wright found the edge of Balderson's bat and Colin Ackermann took a low catch at second slip.

Veteran seamer Wright quickly picked up his second wicket of the innings when Tom Bailey skied an attempted pull at a short ball high to Tom Taylor at mid-on, but Lamb hit some fine drives in going to 27 before advancing down the wicket to try and hit left-arm spinner Callum Parkinson over long-on, missing, and seeing his leg stump knocked back.

Ed Moulton, the third of Lancashire's debutants in the match, was then dismissed first ball, leg before half-forward to a ball that went on with the arm.

Moulton would make a positive impression with the ball, suffering hard luck on a few occasions in an excellent opening salvo as he took the new ball alongside Bailey.

He will be hoping to join Balderson and Hartley in getting his maiden First-Class strike tomorrow morning as Lancashire chase early wickets to keep the Foxes' first innings reply in check.




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