Lancashire's batsmen pile on the runs to end pre-season strongly
Report from Day Four at Emirates Old Trafford
Josh Bohannon and Rob Jones both hit half-centuries as Lancashire's batsmen piled on the runs during the final day of their pre-season friendly with Derbyshire.
With Lancashire set to bat the full 90 overs on Day Four, Alex Davies picked straight back up from his unbeaten 130 two days previous and looked at his best from the off with an array of fours driven through the covers and clipped off his legs.
Davies and fellow opener Keaton Jennings raced to a stand of 81 after the first 20 overs, before the in-form Davies retired to allow the rest of the Lancashire order some time in the middle.
Bohannon joined Jennings and the pair moved the score along to 98 before the latter became the first victim of the day - edging a George Scrimshaw delivery to Wayne Madsen at second slip for 45.
He was soon followed by Steven Croft (4) - again caught Madsen at slip - this time off the bowling of Matthew Critchley and Lancashire headed into the lunch interval at 110-2, following a free-scoring opening session.
Post-lunch, Bohannon and skipper Dane Vilas added 58 together before the latter was caught sweeping on the boundary by Sam Connors.
Bohannon - now joined by Jones - continued to score freely and moved past his half century with a huge six down the ground off Critchley as the home side continued to dominate into tea at 221-3.
Bohannon appeared to be heading towards a century in the evening session but held out on 81, when his lofted drive found mid-off to give Critchley his third wicket of the day.
It was then Jones - who hit a century in Lancashire's opening pre-season fixture at Essex - who took over the run scoring mantle, bringing up a fifty of his own, from 108 balls, with six fours along the way.
Jones (54*) retired shortly after reaching the milestone, which allowed George Lavelle (31*) and Luke Wood (20*) to see out the day unbeaten with an unbroken partnership as Lancashire closed on 324-4 following a confidence boosting day for their batsmen.
All eyes now turn to Lancashire's LV= County Championship opener this time next week against Sussex at Emirates Old Trafford.
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