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New Road contest ends in draw
New Road contest ends in draw
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Worcestershire's Gareth Andrew and Moeen Ali shared seven wickets as Lancashire were bowled out for 216 in their first innings during the final afternoon of their drawn LV= County Championship match at New Road today.

Replying to the home side’s 251-7 declared, the Red Rose moved from an overnight 10-0 and claimed one batting bonus point, leaving them with a match haul of six points compared to Worcestershire’s eight.

Seamer Andrew finished with 4-42 from 15 overs and off-spinner Moeen 3-46 from 10 as Lancashire slipped from 31-0 to 60-4 and later 93-5, with wicketkeeper Gareth Cross top-scoring with 39.

Worcester’s second innings began immediately after tea, and they reached 33-0 when the players shook hands at 4.50pm.

“It was disappointing really,” said captain Glen Chapple. “Loads of rain made it difficult to play out for a full result, and we’d have liked to have scored more runs today to get some more batting points. All we can do take is a draw and a few points and move on.” 

The Red Rose middle to lower order played an important role in helping them creep over the 200-mark for a bonus point, with Cross and Kyle Hogg (14) first adding 58 inside 11 overs for the seventh wicket.

The pair then fell in the space of four balls to Moeen and Joe Leach, caught at slip and bowled respectively, before Chapple and Ajmal Shahzad added 36 for the ninth. Chapple lofted Moeen for six over long-on, but fell for 27 the very next ball as he tried to repeat the dose, Ben Scott completing the stumping to leave the score at 187-9.

Shahzad and Simon Kerrigan then added 29 runs for the last wicket to confirm the point, with the former posting his Lancashire best of 28 not out as Kerrigan was also stumped off Moeen.

Earlier, Andrew took the first wicket when Paul Horton edged to Daryl Mitchell at second slip before Luke Procter was bowled by Alan Richardson, leaving the score at 35-2 in the 19th over. Karl Brown was trapped lbw by Andrew with the score on 47 before Ashwell Prince, hampered by a blow to the right-hand, fell in identical fashion to Horton.

Steven Croft, who also made 28 like Shahzad, and Andrea Agathangelou took the visitors beyond lunch, but both fell within the space of five balls shortly afterwards to undermine their side’s chances of posting 200 or more.

Agathangelou feathered behind off Richardson before Croft was also caught behind off Andrew to leave the score at 93-6 and their team-mates with plenty to do.

“We played well at times today, but we lost two wickets in quick succession twice to halt our bid,” added Chapple, who also revealed that he failed to come to an agreement with his opposite number with regards to manufacturing a finish. “When the ball got softer, it was easier, and we put on a few good partnerships later down the order.

“Both sides are in a similar position, and it’s really important that one doesn’t lose to the other. We both wanted a game, but not on the same terms. As it turned out, the pitch deteriorated even though there hadn’t been much cricket on it. The figures that we discussed would have been unchasable.”

Lancashire’s next Championship match is against Durham at Liverpool, starting a week on Tuesday.

Reports: Day 1 (no play)  I Day 2  I  Day 3

Graham Hardcastle
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