Lancashire fight back on Day 3 against Hampshire
Alviro Petersen fell two short of a third century of the season, but the South African went a long way to helping Lancashire towards safety in their Specsavers County Championship match against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.
Petersen was backed up by 89 for Haseeb Hameed and 53 for Luke Procter as the Red Rose, replying to Hampshire’s 548-6 declared, closed day three in good order at 310-4 from 121 overs, trailing by 238 runs.
Upon reaching 73, 19-year-old Hameed reached 1,000 first-class career runs in only his 15th appearance.
Lancashire will begin day four needing another 89 to avoid the follow-on.
Steven Croft is unbeaten on 41 and night-watchman Simon Kerrigan on three.
“It was a good day considering they scored over 500,” said Petersen. “There’s only one team who can win the game, so it was the sort of day we had to have.
“Three fifties up at the top is massively important for us because what it does is ease the job of the lower order. The bowlers have bowled a lot of overs and have been out in the field, so that threat is lessened.
“Tomorrow, we still have to bat as long as we can.
“The pitch is spinning now, which is a positive for them. But when they went to 550, they almost put their eggs in one basket to bowl us out twice.
“But we have had a good day to almost eliminate that and put the ball back in their court.”
Petersen prospered in good batting conditions during the afternoon and evening sessions on the way to 98 off 181 balls with 10 fours and a six.
He came to the crease immediately after lunch following the dismissal of Procter, lbw to Will Smith in the final over of the morning as the score fell to 131-2 in the 58th.
Procter had shared 119 in 51 overs for the second wicket with Hameed, a partnership which resumed immediately this morning with Lancashire at 70-1.
Petersen then shared 85 inside 28 for the third wicket with Hameed and 84 inside 30 for the fourth wicket with Croft before being bowled by left-arm spinner Liam Dawson as the score slipped to 300-4 in the 115th over.
Hameed and Procter reached their fifties off 147 and 141 balls respectively in quick succession this morning.
Unfortunately, Procter departed on the stroke of lunch despite there being a hint of bat involved in part-time off-spinner Smith’s successful lbw decision.
Petersen on drove Gareth Andrew for his first boundary shortly after lunch, but he later offered a tough chance off the leading edge against Brad Wheal to sub fielder Joe Weatherley diving at backward point on 28.
He survived to reach 50 off 83 balls, although by that time he had lost Hameed, who was bowled offering no stroke to Gareth Berg as the score slipped to 216-3 in the 86th over - shortly after Hampshire had taken the second new ball.
Petersen and Croft later consolidated Lancashire’s position, with the latter slog-sweeping Dawson for six.
The Red Rose reached 110 overs at 283-3, meaning two batting points to Hampshire’s one bowling, and the visitors will head back up North with seven points if they secure the draw tomorrow.
Petersen had earlier lofted Dawson wide of mid-on for four to bring up the 250 and the first batting point.
He went into the nineties by launching leg-spinner Mason Crane over mid-wicket for six.
Unfortunately, a third ton did not follow as Dawson took only the tenth wicket to fall across the three days.
On missing out on his century, Petersen admitted: “I won’t lose sleep over that because I was dropped. I was pretty lucky to get 70-odd runs extra.”