Hameed continues to bloom with Roses century
Haseeb Hameed and Luke Procter enjoyed a Roses day to remember to give Lancashire an early advantage in this Specsavers County Championship match before Yorkshire hit back to even things up with late wickets on the first day at Emirates Old Trafford.
Hameed made the third century of his career while Procter scored 79 as the pair added 152 runs across 39 overs during the afternoon and evening sessions before the Red Rose lost six wickets for 61 runs to close on 299-7 from 96 overs.
Lancashire made two changes with Nathan Buck and Arron Lilley replacing Tom Moores and Saqib Mahmood from the side that played at Hampshire. With Moores absent on England under 19 duty, captain Steven Croft reverted back to wicketkeeping duties, although the skipper ‘s glovework was not required today after he won the toss and then watched the Red Rose top order flourish.
Tom Smith and Hameed made a steady start against some accurate Yorkshire bowling during the first hour to reach 34-0 and the pair gradually built on that start to play their shots in reaching lunch having taken the total to 83.
Smith fell for 46 when he was lbw to Ryan Sidebottom without adding to his score soon after the resumption but Hameed and Procter then put Lancashire firmly in charge with their second wicket century partnership.
Procter took three fours with well-timed drives off one Tim Bresnan over halfway through the days’ play and looked in fine touch throughout his innings.
Hameed continued his impressive form with his third century and the 19 year-old, who in his previous innings became the youngest Lancashire batsmen to reach 1,000 first-class runs, produced a chanceless innings that stretched well in to the evening session.
His fourth consecutive half century arrived from 124 balls but the Bolton youngster upped the tempo with his next fifty runs taking just 65 deliveries including three driven fours in one over from Adil Rashid.
Tea arrived with Lancashire well placed on 187-1 from 64 overs and Hameed and Procter continued to add to that advantage during the following hour, Procter driving Bresnan beautifully for four to bring up the 150 partnership from 231 balls.
Bresnan hit back with the wicket of Procter for 79 after the batsman edged a drive to wicketkeeper Andy Hodd three balls later.
Then Bresnan struck in his following over removing Hameed caught and bowled off a top edged pull for 114 as Yorkshire hit back during the final hour of the day with the new ball.
It was Bresnan who had a hand in the third wicket to fall when he took an excellent tumbling catch at first slip when Croft edged Jack Brooks after making 13 to leave Lancashire on 268-4.
Liam Livingstone departed for a ten ball duck after edging a drive off Sidebottom to Hodd and nightwatchman Simon Kerrigan made 2 before he nicked a good ball from Brooks to Hodd.
Alviro Petersen, having played some nice shots in making 32, then played onto his stumps in the final over to give Brooks his third wicket and meant the Yorkshire paceman had taken 3-11 in 29 balls.
The tumble of late wickets saw Lancashire finish on 299-7 and their collapse undid the good work earlier.
Haseeb Hameed admitted the late wickets had put a bit of a dent in the day.
“Ideally we would have liked to have been three or four wickets down at the end of the day,” he said, “but it goes to show it can happen quickly on that wicket.
“At times it felt that wickets would be difficult to come by, but it can also be difficult for a new batsman coming in, as we saw late on.
“Hopefully if we can build on that score and get as close to 400 as possible tomorrow morning we can put them under pressure.
“I think every run is going to vital because the wicket is getting drier and the cracks ae starting to get a little bit wider. The wicket is going to be difficult to bat on last so hopefully every run we get tomorrow will be vital.
Hameed missed out on a century at Hampshire and felt it spurred him on today.
“It was frustrating not getting to three figures last week,” he said, “but the build up to my first Roses game in front of the Lancashire supporters was really good and to get there today was a special moment for me.
“Yorkshire are back to back champions for a reason so it makes it even more special and hopefully if it proves to be in a winning cause it will make it unbelievable.
Hameed was unaware of his achievement of being the youngest Red Rose batsman to reach 1,000 first-class runs but added, “At the start of the season I put some goals out for myself and I’m continuing to work towards them.
“I want to make sure I stay hungry and relentless in the way I go about my business and take every opportunity that comes my way.”
Photo (c) Simon Pendrigh