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31st May 2012
Horton record puts Lancs ahead
Horton record puts Lancs ahead
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Rain ravaged the second day at the Riverside today as only nine overs were possible.

But there was enough time for Lancashire to gain a crucial first-innings lead of 68 as Paul Horton entered the record books by carrying his bat through the innings.

Horton's patient 49 not out, gained in three and three quarter hours off 134 balls, helped the Red Rose county post 170 all out in reply to Durham's first day 102.

The right-hander became only the sixth Lancashire player to carry his bat through an innings since the second world war, joining names such as Jack Ikin (twice), Winston Place, Brian Booth, Gehan Mendis and Alec Swann as the most recent names on the list.

Prior to Horton's effort over the last two days, Swann was the last man to do it in 2002 against Hampshire at Old Trafford when he scored 84.

After Graham Onions completed figures of 5-43, Durham opener Will Smith faced just three balls of his side's second innings from Glen Chapple before the rain returned to the North East venue.

The hosts will resume tomorrow morning on 0-0, and Horton said: "It's not what I get, it's about what everyone else gets. We got a 68-run lead, and I'm happy with that more than anything else.

"In a low-scoring game, the lead is almost worth double. We would have taken that at 19-4. If the game carries on in the vein it has in the first two days, we may only need 100 to win.

"I can't remember if I've carried my bat before. I probably have playing junior cricket, but nothing in the way of today, In the back of your mind you think it would be nice to carry your bat, but I don't think you envisage carrying your bat and not getting to 50.

"I had my luck, don't get me wrong. I was obviously dropped and things like that. Everyone needs their luck. But, as I say, it doesn't matter what I get, it's about the team."

Not only was Horton dropped on Wednesday eleven, he had also been bowled by a Jamie Harrison no ball on six. But he made the most of it today. Lancashire, resuming on 141-8, managed to add another 29 runs to their first innings total thanks also to Kyle Hogg and Simon Kerrigan.

Horton and Hogg shared 46 for the ninth-wicket, of which Hogg scored 33, including two edged fours through the slips off Steve Harmison in the second over of a day that only started at 3.30pm.

Hogg fell at the end of the day's fourth over when he drove at Harmison and edged to Paul Collingwood at third slip before Horton decided to chance his arm with only one wicket in hand.

He drove Harmison over cover to the boundary before smiting him through mid-wicket with a shot that would be more at home at Roland Garros this week before seeing Kerrigan edge to Collingwood again to complete the innings in the 49th over.

"The ball has swung in this match," added Horton. "I think on this pitch it's seamed against the swing. If both seam and swing go the same way, you can line it up. If one goes one way and the other another, that's quite tough.

"Onions was seaming the ball both ways at good pace, which was tough. Luke Procter has swung the ball both ways for us, which made it tough as well. The bowlers who've had the most success in this game have moved the ball both ways in their own way.

Lancashire opening batsmen to carry their bat through an innings

Day 1 Report

Graham Hardcastle
Photo of Paul Horton (c) Simon Pendrigh
Article (c) Lancashire CCC Ltd

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