Half-centuries from Karl Brown and Mark Chilton put the cap on a useful three days for Lancashire at the Parks ground in Oxford today.
The first-class friendly against the students of Oxford MCCU finished in a draw.
Going into the final day with a second innings lead of 147, coach Peter Moores and captain Glen Chapple understandably chose more match practice over chasing a victory.
Brown, the 22 year-old opener, notched a maiden career first-class half-century off 87 balls during the morning session, while Chilton added to a first innings ton with his 82-ball fifty during the afternoon session.
Brown finished with 72 off 122 balls and Chilton 52 not out off 89 balls on a pitch beginning to show signs of uneven bounce. Lancashire declared their second innings on 223-6 from 61 overs to signal an early tea.
When they returned to the field, the students were chasing a near impossible 349 in one session.
Seamer Marc Milligan took 3-55 from 18 overs for the hosts, accounting for Andrea Agathangelou, Brown and Sajid Mahmood. Agathangelou and Brown shared 44 for the first wicket, while Brown later added 42 with Chilton for the fourth.
Brown's fifty included nine boundaries with his most eye-catching shot an emphatic pull through mid-wicket off the bowling of Don Gordon, who took two wickets.
Assistant coach Gary Yates said: “Browny’s worked hard this winter. Technically he’s worked hard on playing the ball with higher hands, and there’s been good evidence of that in the practice games we’ve played.
“But he’ll be a bit disappointed that he’s got himself in during all those – he’s had three thirties and a seventy – and not kicked on in one or two of those. Half-centuries are good, but they don’t win you games. It’s the big scores that do that.
“It’s an ideal scenario that players get a lot of time in the middle, and he’s probably had the most out of our squad along with Mark Chilton.
“If he’s selected for that first Championship game, he’ll feel like he’s in a pretty good place.”
Oliver Newby affected the run out of Sam Agarwal (21) with a direct hit from mid-on in the eleventh over of the Oxford effort before Chapple bowled Richard Coughtrie and Simon Kerrigan trapped Ed Young lbw to leave the score at 43-4 in the 20th.
Oxford were 51-3 from 24 overs in their second innings when the players shook hands at 5pm.
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