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Wood and Lamb hit career-best centuries on record breaking day

Wood and Lamb hit career-best centuries on record breaking day

Records tumbled as Luke Wood and Danny Lamb had a day to remember after each made outstanding career-best centuries to put Lancashire in complete control of this LV= Insurance County Championship match against Kent who trail by 440 runs after closing on 85-4.

Wood reached his second first-class century with his innings of 117 bettering the 100 he made for Notts against Sussex at Trent Bridge in 2015 while Lamb posted his maiden first-class hundred on a truly memorable day.

The pair came together at six o’clock on the first evening and over the course of the second day smashed several eighth wicket records before Wood edged behind off a somewhat relived Matt Milnes just before 3pm, having added 187 with Lamb across 56 overs and 4 balls.

Lamb continued to pile on the runs, going on to make 125-the highest-ever score by a Lancashire number nine beating a record that had stood since John I’Anson made 110 not out v Surrey in 1902-and receiving great support from Tom Bailey who struck a rapid 47 in a total of 525 all out.

Bailey then returned with ball in hand to strike in the first over of the Kent reply when Jordan Cox edged to Luke Wells at third slip for 0.

Luke Wood’s day continued to get better when the left-arm pace bowler squared up Daniel Bell-Drummond-with Alex Davies taking the edge-in the following over and then snared Joe Denly who edged via his pads to Wells for 4 with Kent 23-3.

Some excellent counter-attacking strokes by Zak Crawley took the England batsman to a 47-ball half century that included 10 fours as Kent fought back.

But after helping Crawley add 53 runs, Jack Leaning became Wood’s third victim when he chipped to sub fielder Jack Blatherwick at square leg having made 12.  

Zak Crawley (60 not out) and Heino Kuhn (1 not out) will resume tomorrow morning.

Having started the day on 260-7, the initial ambition of the remaining Lancashire batsmen was to push the score past 300 and that was achieved with some comfort as runs came from the start as the Kent attack, so accurate yesterday, failed to exert early pressure with some wayward deliveries.

Both Wood and Lamb played with increasing assurance as the day progressed and perhaps the most impressive aspect of their partnership was how untroubled they were throughout, and the hosts attack struggled to find any answer as the day wore on.

Ninety runs had been added by lunch and the records began to fall during the afternoon. The first at 367-7 set a new Lancashire 8th wicket record v Kent beating the 115* between John Abrahams & Jack Simmons at Maidstone in 1981.

Wood swept Denly for four to reach his first Red Rose century with the shot taking the score to 408-7 and also setting a new first-class 8th wicket partnership record for Lancashire beating the 158 by John Lyon & Bob Ratcliffe v Warwickshire at Old Trafford in 1979.

Eighteen runs later, the pair had set a new 8th wicket ground record at Canterbury to add to the list and after Wood’s 241-ball innings ended ten minutes shy of five hours, Lamb headed on towards three figures.

He got there just before tea in magnificent and brave style, hitting Leaning straight for six – but there was an anxious moment as substitute fielder Tawanda Muyeye, positioned at long-on, just got his fingertips to the ball but was unable to take the catch.

Lamb finally succumbed after tea from his 232nd ball faced, following nearly five hours at the crease, when chopping on to Fred Klaassen for 125 and both he and Luke Wood will long remember a special day.

Ken Grime   

 
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