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Live Blog: Lancashire v Gloucestershire, Day Two

Live Blog: Lancashire v Gloucestershire, Day Two

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6.02pm, CLOSE Day 2
Lancashire 289-3 after 95 overs, Bohannon 142 Vilas 39, lead by 37.
Josh Bohannon walks off with a magniicent unbeaten 142 to his name while Dane Vilas has added to the Gloucestershire bowlers' woes with 39 off 44 balls and they will return tomorrow to hopefully add significant runs onto their 55-run partnership and further extend Lancashire's advantage in this match.

Lancashire 271-3 after 95 overs, Bohannon 139 Vilas 25, lead by 29.
Dane Vilas has got into his stride quickly, helping Josh Bohannon take Lancashire to a second batting point and into the lead by 29 with 7 overs remaining today.

Lancashire 235-3 after 87 overs, Bohannon 127 Vilas 1, trail by 17.
The persevering Zafar finally has some reward as the left arm spinner bowls Steven Croft sweeping for 34 to end a productive partnership of 117.

Lancashire 223-2 after 81 overs, Bohannon 117 Croft 33, trail by 29.
Gloucestershire decide against taking the new ball and continue with left arm spinner Zafar Gohar and off spinner Miles Hammond.

Lancashire 201-2 after 71.4 overs, Bohannon 103 Croft 29, trail by 51.
Well batted Josh Bohannon! He reaches his 4th first-class century off 213 balls after turning Ajeet Dale down to fine leg for his 15th four.  

3.40pm TEA Day 2
Lancashire 194-2 after 70 overs, Bohannon 98 Croft 28, trail by 58.
Josh Bohannon is closing in on a century and has added 77 for this wicket with Steven Croft as Lancashire reach tea just 58 runs behind Gloucestershire and with a clear plan to bat 'big' and possibly only once if they can build a significant total on the back of this start.

Gloucestershire will be eyeing up the availability of the new ball in 10 overs to help aid them in their quest for wickets in the evening session.

Lancashire 169-2 after 62 overs, Bohannon 85 Croft 16, trail by 83.
Josh Bohannon and Steven Croft have moved the score along nicely in the last hour with Bohannon driving Josh Shaw through extra cover four his 13th four and bringing up the 50 partnership off 105 balls as I write. Lancashire progressing steadily this afternoon.

Lancashire 126-2 after 52 overs, Bohannon 53 Croft 6, trail by 114.
Gloucestershire have bowled a good line and length since getting that wicket of Wells with Ryan Higgins now having figures of 14-10-12-0 and having conceded just four scoring shots in those spells. Higgins (and the close fielders) thought he'd got an edge off Bohannon but umpire Illingworth was unmoved by their big appeal.

7 of the last 9 overs have been maidens as Gloucestershire try to apply pressure by drying up the run scoring.

Lancashire 117-2 after 44.3 overs, Bohannon 50, trail by 135.
Into the afternoon session and Josh Bohannon now has reached his half-century off 106 balls and the 100 partnership arrived off 203 balls when the Boltonian cut Ryan Higgins through gully for 4.

But Luke Wells has gone for 59, lbw to a big turning delivery from Zafar Gohar to end an excellent partnership of 106.

1.00pm LUNCH Day 2
Lancashire 103-1 after 38 overs, Wells 51, Bohannon 48, trail by 149.
Luke Wells reaches his fifty off 110 balls and Josh Bohannon has reached 2,000 first-class runs (at an average of 44.44) just before lunch as these two have added 91 runs this morning.

It has been a repeat of yesterday where no wickets fell in the morning, and Lancashire's aim this afternoon will be to consolidate this position and not suffer the collapse that befell Gloucestershire yesterday afternoon.

That has been an excellent morning for Lancashire and an excellent performance by Wells and Bohannon.

Lancashire 79-1 after 28 overs, Wells 38, Bohannon 35, trail by 173.
Back to the action as Luke Wells goes up onto his toes to punch Ajeet Dale away through the covers for his 6th boundary.

In the same over Josh Bohannon unfurls a lovely straight drive to the long-on fence. That's his 6th four too.

Yesterday I mentioned how the wind was blowing in strongly from the vacant Red Rose Suite area. It's the same today which is slightly unusual in that the prevailing wind normally comes from the opposite south-west direction. In fact the wind has just blown some advertising boards onto the pitch and held up play.

But in case you aren't familiar with the rebuilding going on at Emirates Old Trafford this is the current view and below is how the finished project will look.

Lancashire 61-1 after 21 overs, Wells 28, Bohannon 27, trail by 191.
Luke Wells has greeted the introduction of Josh Shaw into the attack with two on-drives for four followed by a pair of straight and off drives to the boundary two overs later off the same bowler as this Red Rose pair have prospered during the opening hour with a 50 partnership off 90 balls.

That onslaught has forced Graeme van Buuren into a change of bowling with Shaw replaced by the left arm spin of Zafar Gohar.

Lancashire 35-1 after 14 overs, Wells 7, Bohannon 22, trail by 217.
Josh Bohannon has not missed out on anything wayward from the Gloucestershire attack, striking five fours already and looking in positive mood so far this morning.

Lancashire 19-1 after 6 overs, Wells 5, Bohannon 8, trail by 233.
Josh Bohannon has joined Luke Wells in the middle for the start of the second day with Ryan Higgins and Ajeet Singh Dale operating with the ball for the visitors.

Bohannon has hit two fours off his first 4 balls, the second of which has been temporarily 'lost' under a car on the car park after the ball skidded under the temporary barriers at midwicket.

Lancashire 11-1 after 5.1 overs, Wells 4, trail by 241.

Good morning from sunny Emirates Old Trafford once again as we get ready for the second day of the LV= County Championship match against Gloucestershire where Lancashire will resume on 11-1 in reply to Gloucestershire’s first innings 252 all out.

It was a great day for our overseas bowler Hassan Ali yesterday who marked his home debut with a six-wicket haul. You can read about Hassan’s delight in our the match report.

Today it is the turn of the batsman to attempt to put the runs on the board on what still looks like a great batting surface.

Luke Wells is 5 not out overnight and will be joined, we presume, by Josh Bohannon when play resumes at 11am.

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