Lancashire Second XI vs MCC
Day One Report
Haseeb Hameed struck a fine century as Lancashire’s Second XI took control on the first day against MCC Young Cricketer’s at Urmston.
The 20-year-old, who enjoyed an outstanding 2016 for the Red Rose before making a promising Test debut for England in India, made 110 as Lancashire declared on 317/9.
The opener hit 17 fours in a 217-ball stay, initially helping Lancashire overcome the early loss of Rob Jones in a partnership of 83 with Calum Turner.
Luke Procter fell with the total at 112, but Bolton-born Hameed doubled the score and moved to his ton in the company of the veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul before falling to Fynn Hudson-Prentice just before tea.
Chanderpaul was dismissed just after completing his half-century, and the eventual declaration allowed Lancashire’s bowlers three overs before the close. They were safely negotiated by MCC’s openers to finish on 18/0, but Hameed’s innings will stand him in good stead for Lancashire’s return to four-day Championship action against Hampshire on 6 August.
Day Two Report
Lancashire Second XI will take a narrow lead into the final day of their meeting with MCC Young Cricketers after rain ended play early on day two at Urmston.
The visitors were 284/6 at the close, still 33 behind Lancashire’s total from day one, which had featured a fine 110 from Haseeb Hameed.
MCC opener Joe Barrett defied the home attack with a century of his own, after helping to frustrate Lancashire’s bowlers with Ben Curran in an opening partnership of 89. The first wicket stand came to an end when Josh Bohannon caught Curran off the bowling of Simon Kerrigan but Barrett continued and eventually emulated the first day feat of Hameed, who turned his arm over with three overs of his leg spin on day two.
A smart stumping from Brooke Guest ended Barrett’s stay at 108 to give Kerrigan his second wicket with the MCC on 199/4. Matthew Guest then dug in with a half century to edge his side closer to Lancashire’s total until Luke Procter trapped him front for 53.
Procter finished with 3/47 from 16 overs, bowling Marc Lezar with what turned out to be the last ball of the day as the weather closed in with the match delicately poised.
Day Three Report
Lancashire Second XI completed an impressive 67 run victory on the final day against the MCC Young Cricketer’s at Urmston Cricket Club yesterday.
After start of the final day, the game was delicately poised with both teams still in the match, however a fantastic partnership in Lancashire’s second innings swung the contest in favour of the red rose.
The MCC young cricketers added 16 to their overnight score when they declared seven down on 300, giving Lancashire Second XI a 17 run advantage going into the 3rd innings.
A change in the batting order, whereby Shiv Chanderpaul replaced Haseeb Hameed as Rob Jones’ opening partner, helped put MCC to the sword. The Lancashire openers stuck a fantastic opening partnership of 257/0 off only 18.2 overs with both batsmen scoring centuries at well over a run-a-ball.
The carnage finally relented when Lancashire declared leaving MCC needing 275 runs to win with 65 overs remaining in the day.
Wickets fell regularly for MCC as Matthew Parkinson took 4-46 off his 20 overs. One of Parkinson’s wickets was that of SM Imtiaz who was dismissed for 99 making the fourth innings the only one not to contain a century. Toby Lester also impressed taking 3/38 from 15 overs.
Liam Hurt was the last wicket to fall with the score on 207 as Lancashire Second XI completed a stunning 67 run victory.
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