Lancashire made an encouraging start to their second innings against Hampshire on day 3 at the Rose Bowl to put themselves back in the game
An unbroken second wicket partnership of 96 between Tom Smith and Mark Chilton during the late afternoon and evening sessions gave Lancashire a 20-run advantage going into the final day.
The pair had united through to stumps to steer Lancashire to 106-1 after 52 overs with Smith recording a calm and composed 60 not out while Chilton will resume tomorrow morning unbeaten on 32 off 147.
And now coach Peter Moores wants to find a way of winning. He commented: “We start the last day 20 ahead with one wicket down, which is going to be interesting to see how we get a result.
“We’ve been in the dressing room now talking about how we might do that. We want to bowl at them and put them under pressure. It is turning, which is one thing in a game that can accelerate it.”
The hosts had started the day with a lead of only four runs with four wickets in hand after the start of play was delayed by rain, with 14 overs of the day’s allocation of 96 lost.
Glen Chapple bowled Michael Bates and David Balcombe to reduce the Hampshire to 317-8 after 93 overs, but Cork and left hander James Tomlinson shared a frustrating 48 partnership for the ninth wicket.
Cork, 39 next Saturday, was in typically busy mood with the blade, despite only hitting three boundaries.
Tomlinson also added three fours in his 19 off 59 balls before edging Gary Keedy to Paul Horton at first slip during the afternoon session.
Left arm spinner Keedy then picked up his fourth wicket, wrapping up Hampshire’s effort, when he had Danny Briggs superbly caught one handed by Chapple at short extra cover in the 113th over.
While Keedy finished with 4-56 from 25.2 overs, Chapple finished with 4-68 from 25. Lancashire failed to clinch a third bowling bonus point, the ninth Hampshire wicket falling with the second ball of the 111th over.
Although seven runs came off the first over of the visiting side’s second innings, things were not looking good when Horton saw his off stump clipped by Tomlinson to leave the score at 8-1 in the fourth.
But Smith and Chilton steadied the ship up to and beyond the tea break, eventually guiding their side into a lead. While Smith was driving, sweeping and flicking with great confidence, Chilton was happy to drop anchor.
Smith swept the left arm spin of Briggs for a crisp maximum, the 24 year-old having scored 95 in the fixture here last year.
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