Luis Reece followed his double century with an unbeaten 33 to steer Lancashire to a nervy 3-wicket victory against Durham in the 2ndXI Championship match at Emirates Old Trafford.
Lancashire v Durham, 2ndXI Championship, Emirates Old Trafford, 22-24 May
Lancashire won by 3 wkts, Lancashire 24 points, Durham 4 points
Lancashire 1st innings 411-6 (117.5 overs) Reece 201*, Lilley 43, Livingstone 40
Durham 1st innings 239 all out ( 82.4 overs) Muchall 61, Ghaus 3-38
Durham 2nd innings 246 all out (64.5 overs) Richardson 56, Bailey 4-85, Lilley 3-58
Lancashire 2nd innings 75-7 (20.4 overs) Reece 33*, Claydon 5-35
Team: Luis Reece, Alex Davies, Ross Zelem, Liam Livingstone, Khalid Sawaz, Kabir Ali, Arron Lilley, Rob Jones, Tom Bailey, Matty McKiernan, Adnan Ghaus, Gavin Griffiths.
Report - 1st day
Lancashire won the toss but lost two early wickets, Alex Davies for 8 and Ross Zelem for 9 to be 38-2 after 20 overs. Liam Livingstone increased the scoring rate with a run a ball 40 before falling lbw just before lunch, which was taken with Lancs 91-3. On the resumption Luis Reece and Khalid Sarwaz (25) added 50 before Sawaz and Kabir Ali fell in quick succession. Reece had just brought up his half century and forged a 9-run partnership with Arron Lilley either side of tea. Reece reaching his century just before the interval (Lancs 248-5). Durham seamers Claydon and Brathwate returned to tie down the batsmen, Braithwaite claiming the scalp of Lilley for 43 - his highest score so far for the second team. Reece stepped up the scoring with support from Rob Jones to record his highest score for the team, 160 at the close as Lancashire gained full batting points with 2 overs to spare, finishing the day on 330-6.
Lancashire decided not to declare and this looked a good decision as Luis Reece and Rob Jones scored quickly, Jones reaching his first half century for the 2nd XI in the 11th over of the morning. Reece reaching the major milestone of 200 in the next over. It was the first double century by a Lancashire 2nd XI player since Chris Schofield in 2003. Lancashire promptly declared on 411-6, with Reece 201 not out and Jones 51 not out.
Durham batted solidly to reach lunch on 52-0 from 17 overs, but Adnan Ghaus struck twice with two lbws on the resumption to dismiss Singh and Richardson, while Griffiths accounted for Muchall for 61, caught by keeper Davies. That left Durham on 166-3 after 51 overs but rain then intervened. After the break Lancashire took the advantage to bowl Durham out and enforce the follow-on. Tom Bailey struck in the 55th over with Clark lbw for 41 and Jones, with his leg spin, had Wallace caught buy Sawaz for 35 in his 5th over. Another lbw for Ghaus, two wickets for Arron Lilley, one for Gavin Griffiths and then a direct hit from Ross Zelem to run out Foster finished the innings at 239.
Bad light then a shower tried to intervene but from the remaining 5 over, Durham finished the day on 23 for 0, Muchall just surviving a sharp chance to second slip off the bowling of Bailey.
Resuming on 23-0, Muchall gave a sharp chance to gully in the first over of the day off the bowling of Gavin Griffiths. It wasn’t taken, but Tom Bailey finally dismissed Muchall lbw for 29 in the 8th over of the day and then trapped Singh in front. When Griffiths then struck twice in the next over, Singh lbw for 21 and Clark bowled, Durham were in trouble at 63-4. Richardson and Wallace added 50 before Lilley had Wallace lbw just before lunch. At the break were Durham 122-5, still 50 short of making Lancashire bat again.
In the second over of the afternoon session Lilley took a second wicket with Arshad caught bat/pad by Ross Zelem. Bailey struck shortly afterwards to remove the key wicket of Richardson, bowled for 56. Rain then swept in to knock 5 overs from the days allocation. After the break a wicket each for Lilley and Adnan Ghaus left Durham just 15 runs ahead on 187-9. The weather intervened again, to force an early tea with another over lost, but Durham's last pair of Braithwaite (35 not out) and Foster added 59 to frustrate Lancashire before Bailey finally bowled Foster for 18.
That left Lancashire requiring 75 runs to win from 27 overs, which would normally be straight forward. With dark clouds threatening a further loss of play, Lancashire attacked from the start with Alex Davies the first to depart at 23-1 in the 5th over. The vastly experienced Mitch Claydon followed a fine spell from the Pavilion End, his 5-35 very nearly took the visitors to an unlikely win. Claydon struck twice to dismiss Ross Zelem and Liam Livingstone to make Lancashire 35-3 before four wickets in 3 overs left Lancashire in crisis at 52 for 7.
First innings double centurion Luis Reece had watched all seven wickets fall from the other end, but finally found support from Mattie McKiernan who batted solidly at the other end. Durham fed Reece singles so they could bowl at McKiernan, but he held firm with 8 not out from 40 balls. Finally, and fittingly, Reece hit the winning run, finishing 33 not out which meant he had scored 234 runs without being out in his first game as captain. it was also a first Championship win against Durham since 2007 also at Emirates Old Trafford.