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Live Blog: Lancashire v Hampshire, Day Three

Live Blog: Lancashire v Hampshire, Day Three

Live Blog: Lancashire v Hampshire, Day 3

Welcome to Day Three of Lancashire's latest LV=County Championship clash against Hampshire at Liverpool.


Lancashire 2nd innings 198-9
What a nerve-shredding unbeliveable finish!

Tom Bailey was run out, Jack Blatherwick caught at short leg with 2 runs still needed but fittingly Dane Vilas swept Liam Dawson for four to win the match!

Is that going to be enough? We will find out tomorrow.

Lancashire 2nd innings 187-7, Vilas 39* Bailey 0* need a further 9 runs to win.
Good grief, another wicket! Luke Wood edges Crane to short leg.

Lancashire 2nd innings 177-6, Vilas 32* Wood 0* need a further 19 runs to win.
Mason Crane hasn't given this up. He finds the edge and Lamb is snapped up at second slip.

Lancashire 2nd innings 171-5, Vilas 27* Lamb 5* need a further 25 runs to win.
This is looking goood for the Red Rose!
Some clever placement and running by Dane Vilas and Danny Lamb is taking them ever nearer to the target.

Lancashire 2nd innings 162-5, Vilas 21* Lamb 2* need a further 34 runs to win.
Dane Vilas has played a thumping drive for four off Mason Crane and he and Danny Lamb are closing in on this target and naturally getting huge, enthusiastic support from the Aigburth crowd with every run being cheered.

Lancashire 2nd innings 151-5, Vilas 12* Lamb 0* need a further 45 runs to win.
Have we got another twist in this game? Steven Croft is lbw to Mason Crane for 20.

Lancashire 2nd innings 151-4, Vilas 12* Croft 20* need a further 45 runs to win.
Dane Vilas adds another four, rocking back and smashing Keith Barker through tthe covers. Great shot!

Lancashire 2nd innings 140-4, Vilas 3* Croft 18* need a further 56 runs to win.
Steven Croft has come out after tea with positive intent!
He's scored quickly and has just cut Brad Wheal for two fours.

3.15pm, TEA Day 3
Lancashire 2nd innings 118-4, Vilas 0* need a further 78 runs to win.
We are taking an early tea because another wicket has just fallen!
It was a regulation edge by Luke Wells off Brad Wheal to James Vince at first slip and that was a shame because Wells had been batting nicely there.

So yet another twist to this game. You really can't take your eyes off it for a minute.

Lancashire 2nd innings 112-3, Wells 33* Vilas 0* need a further 84 runs to win.
That bowling change did the trick for Hampshire as Josh Bohannon edged to James Vince at slip for 18.
The tension has ratcheted up a notch!

Lancashire 2nd innings 111-2, Wells 32* Bohannon 18* need a further 85 runs to win.
Runs are coming quickly and the cheers and applause at Aigburth are getting louder!

Josh Bohannon drove Brad Wheal for a straight drive for four and followed it with an on-drive for another boundary!

Hampshire now turning to the spin of Mason Crane as they desperately hunt a wicket.

Lancashire 2nd innings 80-2, Wells 19* Bohannon 4* need a further 116 runs to win.
Mo Abbas and Liam Dawson are keeping things tight for Hampshire and Luke Wells gets four high over the slips after driving hard at Abbas.

You could cut the tension with a knife at Liverpool. 

Lancashire 2nd innings 68-2, Wells 7* Bohannon 4* need a further 128 runs to win.
Every run being cheered loudly by the Lancashire supporters intersperced with the odd cry of Come on Hampshire!
Great atmosphere here at Aigburth.
Josh Bohannon has settled in after driving his first ball for four as he and Luke Wells chip away at this target.
Hampshire bringing Mohammad Abbas back on at the River End. 

Lancashire 2nd innings 61-2, Wells 1* Bohannon 4* need a further 135 runs to win.
A double blow as both openers depart!
The excellent opening partnership between Alex Davies and George Balderson comes to an end on 55 after Balderson is bowled for 12 down the leg side by Liam Dawson after stepping across.
Then Davies square drives Keith Barker to Mason Crane to go for a fighting 44 that included hitting Mason Crane's first ball for six.
Josh Bohannon comes in and drives his first ball for four! What a game!

Lancashire 2nd innings 38-0, Balderson 8* Davies 30* need a further 158 runs to win.
Alex Davies and George Balderson have made an excellent start, scoring quite freely since lunch.
Balderson doubled his score with a lovely well-timed on-drive off Mohammad Abbas while Davies has struck another boundary and a couple of threes.

Meanwhile Warwickshire have failed to take a third bowling point so Hampshire know that they will be champions if they win this match.
Lancashire need to win and hope that Warwickshire draw (or lose) their match with Somerset at Edgbaston.
Somerset are 335-8 trailing by 32 runs.

12.30pm, LUNCH Day 3
Lancashire 2nd innings 19-0, Balderson 4* Davies 15* need a further 177 runs to win.
That's the first objective achieved with Alex Davies and George Balderson getting through that tricky pre-lunch spell.

We can all relax for a bit!

Lancashire 2nd innings 17-0, Balderson 2* Davies 15* need a further 179 runs to win.
Alex Davies brought loud cheers from the crowd after crashing Keith Barker for consecutive fours through cover.
In Barker's next over, two balls after steering Barker to the third man boundary, Davies had a fortunate escape after being dropped at mid-on. That was a real let-off.

Lancashire 2nd innings 1-0, Balderson 1* Davies 0* need a further 195 runs to win.
Back under way with Keith Barker completing his over and Mohammad Abbas now coming on at the Pavilion End.

We are back in 'tense' mode.

11.38am - Bad Light Stops Play
Lancashire 0-0, Balderson 0* Davies 0* need a further 196 runs to win.
It is actually quite cloudy and chilly at Aigburth as Lancashire begin their second innings. In fact after three deliveries from Keith Barker the umpires have taken the players off the field.

Incidentally the highest 4th innings score by Lancashire at Liverpool is 259-6 v Hampshire in 1988 with Mike Watkinson getting an unbeaten 73.

11.30am, Change of innings
Hampshire are all out for 193. Lancs need 196 to win!
George Balderson ends the Hampshire innings as Mohammad Abbas edges to Alex Davies!
Tom Bailey leads the team off to huge applause with a career-best 7-37.

11.17am, 72.0 overs
Hampshire 2nd innings 186-9, Wheal 12* Abbas 0*, lead by 188 runs.
Tom Bailey has 50 first-class wickets this season as Keith Barker edges behind to Alex Davies!
Bailey has been brilliant this morning and now has 7-31. 

11.00am, 67.0 overs
Hampshire 2nd innings 176-8, Wheal 6* Barker 0*, lead by 178 runs.
And it is Tom Bailey who strikes first! 
Felix Organ is lbw for 8 and that's a sixth wicket and a career-best for Tom. Great!

10.45am, 64.0 overs
Hampshire 2nd innings 166-7, Organ 4* Wheal 2*, lead by 168 runs.
It has been a quiet first 15 minutes with 8 runs added by Hampshire. Tom Bailey and George Balderson starting with the ball for Lancashire.
The first bits of 'news' is that Somerset have lost their 6th wicket (247-6, trail by 120 runs) and with that bonus point Warwickshire close to within 0.5 point behind leaders Hampshire.

10.35am, 61.0 overs
Hampshire 2nd innings 161-7, Organ 0* Wheal 1*, lead by 163 runs.
There is a real hum of excitement around Aigburth this morning as play gets under way.

Yesterday it sounded like Lancashire’s PA Announcer Mike Peters announced a change of bowling with “the great Tom Bailey” coming on at the Pavilion End.

He insists he said “number eight Tom Bailey” but I rather like the other interpretation.

Great, or otherwise, ‘Bails’ is coming in from the River End looking to add to his five wickets in this innings. It would be ‘great’ if he can do that!

Good morning from a dry and sunny Liverpool ahead of day three against Hampshire.

Lancashire and Hampshire fought a tough, tense battle yesterday to set up a potentially thrilling finish to this LV= Insurance County Championship encounter at Aigburth-probably today.

Are you ready for it?

Hampshire lead by 160 runs with three second innings wickets left and Felix Organ and Brad Wheal at the crease with both yet to score.

That’s because Lancashire claimed two vital wickets in the final four overs last evening; Hampshire captain James Vince and Liam Dawson after the pair’s 80-run partnership had threatened to take the visitors into a commanding lead.

At Edgbaston, Somerset are 239-5 in reply to Warwickshire’s 367. The Bears can still claim two further bonus points if they can take four more Somerset wickets in the next 33 overs. That could be important for Hampshire as well as the table below shows.





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