Lancashire’s bowlers produced an outstanding bowling display to skittle Hampshire out for 109 on the opening day of this Specsavers County Championship match, and the Red Rose batsmen then increased the pressure on the visitors by reaching 157-1 at the close, a lead of 48 runs.
Hampshire waived their right to bowl and presumably were delighted to win the toss and bat on a beautiful day at Emirates Old Trafford, but their joy was short-lived.
James Anderson and Kyle Jarvis found bounce and movement to regularly beat the bat and give Hampshire openers Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams an uncomfortable time when play began in sunny and windy conditions this morning.
Adams was dropped off a difficult chance at second slip on 5 from Anderson but failed to add to his score before falling to a great leaping catch at third slip by Karl Brown two overs later, Anderson gaining revenge after producing a delivery with extra bounce that the batsman failed to control.
James Vince then endured a brief, torrid innings-playing at and missing five of his first eight deliveries, all from Anderson. The Hampshire skipper, keen to get off the mark, then drove his first ball from Jarvis back past the bowler and set off for a single only to see Steven Croft swoop from mid-off to stop the ball, turn, and hit the stumps at the bowler’s end to pull off a remarkable run out.
That left the visitors on 14-2 in the 10th over and the first boundary off the bat finally arrived in the next when Carberry drove Jarvis to the long-off ropes. Will Smith then glanced a further four to fine leg a few overs later, but the Hampshire batsmen found run scoring difficult during the morning session in the face of some accurate and, at times, hostile Red Rose bowling.
With half an hour to play before lunch, Neil Wagner, bowling his third over of the day from the Statham End, struck in spectacular style with two wickets in two balls to reduce Hampshire to 34-4. First Carberry edged an attempted drive to wicketkeeper Alex Davies to depart for 16 and Liam Dawson then limped back to the dressing room after being hit painfully on the toes to be lbw first ball.
Lancashire’s great morning was complete when Luke Procter claimed the fifth wicket shortly before lunch when Smith’s attempted leg glance was caught by Davies, the batsman out for 18 and Hampshire in deep trouble at the break on 57-5.
Matters failed to improve for the visitors on the resumption of play. Ryan McLaren drove Jarvis for four in the first over after lunch but then fell to a stunning Croft catch. The Hampshire batsman drove Anderson uppishly towards mid-off only to see Croft run backwards and across from his fielding position and take an outstanding leaping, diving catch.
When Jarvis then followed that with another wicket, new Hampshire signing Gareth Andrew gloving a bouncer to Davies for 3, Hampshire were in disarray at 66-7 in the 35th over.
Tino Best produced a short cameo of an innings with a couple of typically belligerent blows, but after convincingly driving Anderson straight for four to reach 11, the West Indies pace bowler then edged the following delivery via a defensive prod to Liam Livingstone at first slip with the score now 83-8.
Mason Crane survived a difficult slip chance off Anderson when on 2, and the 19-year-old played with great determination in making 10 not out to lend support to Adam Wheater in adding 22 for the ninth wicket.
It was Procter who returned to finish the innings with two wickets; Wheater playing on after making the highest score of the innings with 32, and last man James Tomlinson then followed in identical fashion for 0 as the visitors were all out for just 109 midway through the afternoon.
Lancashire replied with a rapid start to their innings, Karl Brown cutting loose with seven boundaries and scoring 35 before opening partner Haseeb Hameed was even off the mark. Hameed remained unfazed, calmly stroking his 18th delivery for two before driving the next ball from Tomlinson superbly through the covers for four.
Brown was in scintillating form, reaching 40 from just 32 balls before falling lbw just before tea to Andrew’s first delivery for Hampshire at the start of the tenth over, with the score 53-1.
Hameed survived a quick, searching spell from around the wicket by Best and in tandem with Procter went on to steadily push the score past Hampshire’s first innings total, the pair reaching their fifty partnership from 106 balls.
Their alliance, a mixture of steady accumulation and the occasional boundary when the Hampshire attack strayed had reached 104 runs by the close to put Lancashire in a commanding position going in to the second day on 157-1, a lead of 48, with Hameed 41 not out and Procter unbeaten on 48.
Lancashire are in a great position to clinch a second Specsavers County Championship victory after dominating the second day at Emirates Old Trafford, with Luke Procter making a career-best 137 and Alviro Petersen adding a sparkling 81.
They have Hampshire in trouble at the close on 22-1 and staring at an innings defeat with two days still to play.
The first two session of play today were ones of contrast as Haseeb Hameed and Luke Procter set about consolidating Lancashire’s advantage after skittling Hampshire out for 109 on the opening day.
The afternoon session saw some outstanding strokeplay as Steven Croft’s side rammed home their superiority, added to when the Red Rose attack claimed an early wicket when Hampshire batted for a second time in the evening.
During the morning Procter and Hameed slowly but steadily built on their partnership of 104 to secure Lancashire’s overnight advantage.
Procter drove Ryan McLaren for the two that took him to his half century in the first over of the day, but the early stages saw the pair play watchfully against McLaren and spinner Liam Dawson.
In fact 35 minutes had elapsed before the first boundary of the day arrived when Procter glanced James Tomlinson to fine leg with Hameed driving his first four of the morning through mid-wicket off Dawson after nearly one hour’s play.
The pair then started to push on, Hameed reaching his third first-class half century and Lancashire gaining their first batting point at 200-1 in the 69th over.
Just when it seemed likely that Lancashire would go through a second consecutive session without losing a wicket, Hameed’s innings ended on the stroke of lunch at 62 when his forward press to leg spinner Mason Crane found an edge that was grabbed by James Vince at slip.
That ended a partnership of 173 runs in just under 77 overs, but still left Lancashire in a strong position at 226-2.
Alviro Petersen and Procter combined to dominate the afternoon session as Lancashire piled on the runs.
Petersen was quickly off the mark with a single from Crane’s remaining delivery of the interrupted over before lunch, before the South African tucked Dawson away for two boundaries in the following over.
Petersen followed that with three more fours off leg spinner Crane to make an explosive start to his innings.
Procter joined in with three boundaries in one Crane over that took the left-handed batsman to his second first-class century from 253 balls. The same boundary also saw the 50 partnership arrive from 82 balls as Lancashire pushed their lead towards the 200 mark.
A few balls later Procter passed his previous highest score of 106, scored against Gloucestershire in 2013, as Lancashire reached 300-2 in the 96th over with Petersen pulling Tomlinson for four to reach his own half-century from 52 balls.
The runs continued to flow, even after Hampshire belatedly took the new ball in the 93rd over, with Procter lofting Dawson into the stands at long-on to bring up the century partnership for the third wicket from 141 balls.
Petersen struck one of the shots of the day when unfurling a glorious cover drive for four off Tino Best before pulling the pace bowler through mid-wicket for four. A decidedly unimpressed Best bowled a bouncer next ball from around the wicket that Petersen pulled high to Carberry on the square-leg boundary to end an exhilarating innings of 81 from 85 balls.
The third wicket partnership between Petersen and Procter had added 123 runs in 26 overs to put Lancashire in the box seat on 349-3, a lead of 240.
Steven Croft hit Dawson for a straight six before the Lancashire skipper fell to a great one-handed catch by his opposite number Vince at second slip to give Best his second wicket just before tea, which the Red Rose reached on 370-4.
Procter’s 6 hour and 27 minute innings came to end in the 110th over when the left hander pulled Best to Dawson at mid-wicket, and he departed to a standing ovation for his innings of 137.
Best then bowled Liam Livingstone and James Anderson for ducks to claim five wickets in 36 balls, while Alex Davies added 17 in 18 balls before mistiming a lofted drive off Crane to Carberry at extra cover for 17.
Kyle Jarvis was bowled by Dawson for 6 but Neil Wagner produced a great cameo of an innings in making 37 from 30 balls including one six and 4 fours, adding 26 runs for the last wicket with Simon Kerrigan who made 20 not out.
It meant that Lancashire, 456 all out, had a huge lead of 347 runs with Hampshire left to bat for a potentially tricky 14 overs before the close.
The visitors made the worst possible start losing Jimmy Adams for a duck in the first over. The left-handed batsman pushed hesitantly at a good ball on off stump from Anderson that found the edge, with Karl Brown making a smart catch at second slip.
Carberry and Vince dug in to successfully see out the remaining overs with Hampshire 22-1 but needing a further 325 runs to avoid an innings defeat.
Rain throughout the afternoon has frustrated Lancashire's bid for a second Specsavers County Championship victory with Hampshire closing this third day on 76-2, still 271 runs behind.
The visitors resumed on 22-1 in their second innings still requiring a further 325 runs to avoid an innings defeat with two days remaining, but only 33 overs were possible today-all before lunch.
It only took 11 deliveries before Lancashire made a breakthrough in the morning.
Michael Carberry got a big edge to a James Anderson delivery that was brilliantly taken by Alex Davies diving away to his left, to depart for 16 with the score 24-2.
James Vince drove Anderson beautifully through cover for four soon afterwards but it was the only boundary struck in the first 45 minutes of the day as the Hampshire batsmen’s main intent was one of survival.
Will Smith took 43 balls to get off the mark with a single to fine leg, epitomising the visitors’ approach and determination to occupy the crease.
Once settled Vince started to open up and with Lancashire setting attacking fields, the scoring rate picked up, albeit slowly.
Neil Wagner produced a great, combative, spell in the 30 minutes before lunch in an attempt to unsettle two batsmen who had started to look increasingly comfortable.
The left-arm paceman produced a terrific bouncer that had Vince scrambling backwards, and he then struck Smith when the batsman rather ducked into a rising delivery. Smith also fended a couple of balls from Wagner that just evaded silly mid-on and short leg.
Just before lunch Vince was a touch fortunate when top edging a short delivery from the New Zealander for six although it landed just over the ropes with Alviro Petersen waiting at fine leg. It also brought up the 50 partnership which had taken nearly 29 overs to compile.
It was a resolute effort by the Hampshire pair who survived to reach the interval on 76-2 still 271 behind, but unfortunately for Lancashire rain prevented any resumption after the break with play finally abandoned for the day at 5.45pm.
Lancashire clinched an innings victory just before tea on this final day to go second in the Specsavers County Championship table after three games, with Simon Kerrigan claiming a five-wicket haul as Hampshire were bowled out for 253.
Play resumed under dull, cloudy skies which required the use of the floodlights but it only took five overs for Lancashire to make a breakthrough.
James Vince had driven James Anderson straight for four but then appeared in two minds over his shot selection to the next delivery, his checked drive going straight to Neil Wagner fielding half way down the wicket at short straight cover.
Ahead of the Test squad announcement tomorrow morning, the good news for England is that Anderson, in his last game for the Red Rose before the international summer, looks in fine form and is bowling beautifully.
That wicket left Hampshire on 88-3 and Will Smith and Liam Dawson continued the visitors’ rearguard action offering very few shots as they defended stoutly with 23 runs arriving from the following 14 overs.
Dawson then stroked Kerrigan for consecutive boundaries, followed by four byes when the spinner turned the next ball sharply past the bat. The left arm spinner wasn’t to be denied, ending the partnership when Dawson, pushing forward, edged to Steven Croft close in at gully for 18, the fourth wicket falling with the score on 125.
Smith and Adam Wheater endured a difficult period in the run-up to lunch as Kerrigan and Liam Livingstone found an increasing amount of turn that caused a number of problems for both batsman.
The new ball became due immediately after the interval and it was Kyle Jarvis who struck first when he cut a delivery back to trap Smith lbw for 45 seven overs into the afternoon.
Despite a number of close calls, with Anderson and Jarvis seeing edges go over and fall short of the slips, Wheater and Ryan McLaren stuck to their task to take Hampshire to 208-5 with 40 overs remaining.
The loss of three wickets for 22 runs in 33 balls dissolved the visitors’ remaining resistance.
Simon Kerrigan struck twice removing Wheater lbw for 47 and McLaren for 15 to a good diving catch by Anderson running from second slip to snare a top edge.
Livingstone then claimed his first first-class wicket when bamboozling Tino Best lbw for 6.
It was Kerrigan who clinched an emphatic victory, and a five-wicket haul-his first in Division One since his 9-51 against the same opponents at Liverpool in 2011-by taking the final two wickets. Gareth Andrew fell for 21 to a catch at forward short leg by Haseeb Hameed and Mason Crane top edged a sweep to Livingstone at leg slip.
Lancashire’s victory, by an innings and 94 runs, earned 23 points while Hampshire took 1 point from the game.