Paul Horton missed out on the chance to record his first Championship century of the season, and his third against Yorkshire in five innings, on a rain interrupted day at Old Trafford.
Horton, the 26 year-old Lancashire opener, would have been the club’s first player to reach 500 Championship runs for the season had he recorded three figures, but we was caught behind by Gerard Brophy down the leg-side off the bowling of Tim Bresnan for 84.
It was the tenth ball after the players returned to the field this evening following a near five-hour period off the park but the good news was that Mal Loye was 61 not out at the close on day two.
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Lancashire added just 45 runs in 13.4 overs to their overnight score of 106-0 before rain prompted an early lunch. The players returned at 5.20pm, and the home side reached a commanding 219-2 at close. Only 33 overs were possible on day two.
Matthew Hoggard had Tom Smith, who failed to add to his overnight score of 40, caught behind by a juggling Brophy with the sixth ball of the day, and the Tykes were boosted further when Horton was strangled down the leg-side.
Horton had earlier been dropped at third slip by Adil Rashid off the bowling of Bresnan whilst on 64, but Brophy made no mistake to end the opener’s 161-ball stay at the crease.
Loye then carried on where Horton left off by reaching his third 50 of the Championship season off 73 balls with eight fours and one top edged six off the pacey Ajmal Shahzad.
He ended the day 61 not out off 93 balls, having hit nine fours and his six, with VVS Laxman for company on 23 not out. The pair shared an unbroken 63 for the third wicket, and Lancashire lead by 38 runs.
[Day 1 Report]
Photo: Simon Pendrigh
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