Lancashire's cricketers return to action
The squad's first competitive practice since lockdown came at Chester Boughton Hall CC today (20 July)
Lancashire’s cricketers returned to action today (Monday 20 July) in the first day of an intra-squad friendly at Chester Boughton Hall CC.
After spending the last six weeks working back to fitness following lockdown, this was the squad’s first taste of action in the middle ahead of a prospective 1 August start to the domestic season.
Split into 30-over sessions, Team A batted the first two sessions of the day before Team B took to the field in the afternoon. They will continue to bat for the first 60 overs tomorrow, before Team A return to the crease for the final session.
Rob Jones was the star of the first day, making 71 as Team A struck 179/6 from their allotted time in the middle.
The right-hander consumed 141 deliveries in a watchful innings, stepping up the intent after lunch before being caught on the mid-wicket boundary off Tom Hartley, but not before he had taken the bowler for four and six in successive balls.
Alex Davies also scored 42 from 70 balls after seeing off a dangerous new ball spell from Graham Onions, who was rewarded with the wickets of Owais Shah, trapped in front, and Josh Bohannon, caught by Keaton Jennings at first slip.
Davies chipped George Balderson to mid-off shortly before lunch to bring Jones and Brooke Guest together, the pair going on to contribute a stand of 85.
Jones’s wicket was promptly followed by two for George Burrows, the tall right-arm pacer rushing one through the defences of both Guest (33) and Tom Bailey.
Opening up for Team B, George Balderson scored all 18 runs in partnership with Keaton Jennings before being run out as the pair attempted a risky run.
But Jennings and Dane Vilas combined at the crease for an unbroken stand of 95 at the close of play, finishing on 36 and 55 respectively.
The pair batted solidly throughout before upping the tempo in the closing overs of the day, the captain reaching his fifty with a pulled maximum over deep square.
Jennings followed in an attacking vein, too, striking a six of his own over long-on in the final over of the day.
Team A: Alex Davies, Owais Shah, Josh Bohannon, Rob Jones, Brooke Guest, Danny Lamb, Tom Bailey, Liam Hurt, Sam Dorsey, Rob Lord, Jack Morley
Team B: Keaton Jennings, George Balderson, Dane Vilas, George Lavelle, JJ Fielding, Luke Wood, Tom Hartley, George Bell, Graham Onions, George Burrows, Josh Boyden