Hameed impresses with the bat on Day Two at Durham
A century stand between Haseeb Hameed and Alviro Petersen helped Lancashire avert danger at 21-2 in reply to 411 during today’s second day against Durham at Emirates Riverside.
Durham had put themselves in a healthy position during the second morning of this Specsavers County Championship match by passing 400 having started the day on 341-6.
But Petersen and Hameed then added 104 inside 33 overs either side of tea to set up Lancashire’s close of play score of 205-4 from 73 overs.
Petersen posted his third fifty in three innings on the way to 61 off 118 balls, but Hameed went beyond him to post 74 off 181 - his fourth first-class fifty in only his eighth match.
Unfortunately for Hameed, who shared 77 inside 25 overs for the fourth wicket with Steven Croft, he was unable to reach close as he was bowled by Scott Borthwick’s leg-spin inside the final five overs of the day.
A long hop which he tried to pull for four and missed, it was probably the worst ball bowled at Hameed.
“It wasn’t nice,” said 19-year-old Hameed, of his dismissal. “But that’s cricket for you.
“Sometimes you get a jaffa and other times balls like that can get you out. Hopefully next time I can push on and get that hundred.”
Of his innings in general, he continued: “I really enjoyed it. It was quite difficult conditions, especially with the new ball doing a little bit.
“Having lost a couple of early wickets, it was important for me and Alvy to rebuild and have a big partnership there. It was great to have a hundred partnership with him and continue a little bit of that with Crofty as well.
“The message from the lads was to make sure that we had one big partnership early doors just to get our platform set because looking at 400, it’s quite a big total. But if you get off to a good start, you can catch up later on in the innings.
“Alvy was brilliant. He kept on talking to me, and to have someone of his experience and calibre to spend time out in the middle with was great.
“It’s quite slow and holding up a little bit. It can be quite difficult to score if you set the right fields and bowl well.”
Durham captain Paul Collingwood fell three short of a second hundred of the season as he fell caught in the gully to Kyle Jarvis.
As well as Jarvis bowled for 3-86 from 32 overs, however, the headline performer with the ball for the Red Rose was Tom Bailey, who completed figures of 5-110 from 31.
Bailey had four overnight and added his fifth when he had James Weighell caught at gully by Petersen.
Jarvis picked up two wickets this morning, while Simon Kerrigan wrapped up the innings when he had Barry McCarthy caught at long-on for 37.
Lancashire finished with three bowling bonus points to Durham’s four batting points.
Durham enjoyed early success with the ball.
After openers Karl Brown and Hameed batted through the eight overs before lunch, Brown fell in the tenth when he edged Weighell to third slip.
And when Luke Procter went to the same combination in the 12th, Lancashire were under the cosh.
Thankfully, Petersen and Hameed turned things around through the rest of the afternoon session by reaching tea at 115-2 from 41 overs.
Both looked in very little danger against an inexperienced home attack.
Petersen reached his third successive fifty for the county off 94 balls with six fours deep into the afternoon, while Hameed made it into the forties before tea.
Hameed was typically stout in defence, but looked easy on the eye in doing so, while Petersen continued his excellent start to the season with another confident knock.
The pair brought up their century partnership in the early stages of the evening session, but Petersen only lasted a couple of balls longer as he was trapped lbw by Graham Onions trying to work it to leg as the score fell to 125-3 in the 45th.
Hameed reached his fifty off 128 balls with a classy flick through mid-wicket for four off Brydon Carse, with his milestone coming in the early stages of an important alliance with captain Croft.
Another quick wicket to follow Petersen’s would have opened the door for Durham. As it was, they had to wait until Lancashire had reached 200 before they could strike again.
Hameed was bowled trying to pull a short ball from Borthwick as Lancashire fell to 202-4 in the 69th over.
The day ended with Kerrigan in as night-watchman - he is two not out - and Croft unbeaten on 31.
Hameed added: “If we can get close to them and past them, we can put a bit of pressure on them second innings. I’m sure spin will come into it as well. Kegs, fresh from his five-for last week, will have a lot of confidence.
“That’s our aim, but there’s a lot of cricket to be played before then.”