Petersen and Hameed star on Day One at Lord's
Alviro Petersen posted a Lord’s century, while Haseeb Hameed continued his excellent form with an impressive 89 to help Lancashire dominate day one against Middlesex today.
The Specsavers County Championship leaders, who elected to bat after opting to toss, closed on 298-3 from 96 overs.
And it was largely down to 19-year-old opener Hameed, whose stock is rising quickly, despite falling short of his second century in four days, and ex-South Africa international Petersen, 35.
This was Petersen’s second Championship century of the season, and he will resume tomorrow on 105 not out from 164 balls.
It was also the 41st of his first-class career and his first at Lord’s. Steven Croft is 34 not out.
Hameed scored his maiden first-class century last Thursday during the final day of the Red Rose’s draw against Warwickshire at Emirates Old Trafford, and he was looking good for two in two innings.
Elegantly watchful during his 221-ball stay at the crease, Hameed even pulled Toby Roland-Jones for six over long-leg during the afternoon session.
He shared partnerships of 36 with Tom Smith, 65 inside 23 overs with Luke Procter either side of lunch and 97 inside 33 with Petersen either side of tea, with the latter only posting one boundary in his first 50 runs on a slowish pitch.
With pre-game joint leaders Yorkshire not in Championship action this week, the three batting bonus points secured meant Lancashire edged ahead at the top of Division One.
“We’re in a good position,” said Petersen. “It’s been a good day for us. The top three did really well to see out the first session and lay a good platform for us.
“I’ve always wanted to score a hundred at Lord’s, so it’s quite nice. But I can’t be satisfied with where we are as a team.
“We need to put in some more hard work tomorrow and make sure we get ourselves in a good position.
“You can always justify a good day when you put in another good day. We know they’ll come back tomorrow and look to take some wickets. If we don’t allow that and settle again, we can dominate the game.
“At this stage, 450 would be good. But we haven’t really talked about it. I’m sure tomorrow morning we’ll come up with plans.
“It’s important that we bat another session, and maybe up to tea, depending on how well we go.
“Once the ball gets soft and they have straight fields, the pitch is difficult to score on. The new ball does seam around and it can get you out, but you can also score quickly because it comes on.
“There’s something in it for the bowler, but it’s about remaining patient as a batter. If you look for too much, you can find yourself on the back foot quickly.”
Smith was the first wicket to go when he was trapped lbw by home captain James Franklin, the former New Zealand left-arm seamer who struck with only his fifth ball in the 15th over.
But Hameed and Procter, who both played nicely either side of the wicket, took the visitors beyond 100.
Procter hit four fours in his first 12 balls and settled quickly at the crease.
Unfortunately, he later fell five short of a fifty when he edged Tim Murtagh to Ollie Rayner at second slip, leaving Lancashire at 101-2 in the 38th over.
Hameed went to 50 for the fourth time this season, including last week’s ton, off 137 balls shortly after hitting his first first-class six.
Petersen also looked untroubled as Lancashire reached tea at 176-2 from 64 overs, with him 30 not out. By that time, Hameed had reached 80.
Unfortunately, Hameed fell in the 70th over, caught at first slip off Roland-Jones, with Sam Robson juggling the catch as Lancashire fell to 198-3.
Hameed was having to deal with a spell of short-pitched bowling at that juncture, including a gloved boundary over the slips to third-man. He fell three balls later.
“Haseeb hasn’t been playing for a couple of weeks now because of white ball cricket,” added Petersen.
“It’s good to see him come back. He played really, really well and deserved a hundred today.”
Petersen, Lancashire’s leading run-scorer in the Championship this season with 598, followed Hameed to 50 off 139 balls.
Croft was handed a life on 17 in the 78th over when he skied Rayner’s off-spin to cover having tried to go over the top. Thankfully, Paul Stirling put it down.
Petersen put his foot down in the latter stages of the day.
He lofted Rayner over the top of mid-on for four and then over mid-wicket for six next ball to move into the eighties in the 82nd over as Lancashire went beyond 250.
Petersen reached his hundred in the 94th over of the day with a single wide of mid-wicket, off 225 balls with four fours and a six included.
The pair brought up their century stand in the day’s last over.
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