ASHWELL Prince believes Lancashire can still force a victory after another good day for the Red Rose at Emirates Old Trafford.
Both the South African and fellow former Test player Simon Katich scored centuries while Luke Procter and Luis Reece passed 50 as Lancashire closed day three of their LV= County Championship Division Two match with Glamorgan on 423-5 in their first innings in reply to the visitor’s 474.
Prince’s 113 was his first Championship century of the season and came after sharing a 157-run stand for the third wicket with Katich – who followed his 200 against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road last week with 115.
For Reece, who with Karl Brown recorded Lancashire’s biggest opening partnership of the campaign of 99 before Brown was bowled by Graham Wagg while on 48, his 53 was his first half-century for the club.
Although the wicket is still a good one to bat on, and there is little in it for seamers, it is starting to turn and Prince believes that brings left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan, who claimed seven wickets in Glamorgan’s first innings, right into the match on the final day.
“We will be positive tomorrow and give it a crack at trying to win the game,” said the 36-year-old. “Whether that is batting positively up front or putting them under pressure with the ball.
“Simon bowled very well in the first innings when there wasn’t as much ware as there is now, so there will be a bit more for him in the second innings.
“We have the bowlers to get 10 wickets but we might not have the time to do it.”
Lancashire resumed the day on 93-0 and lost both Brown and Reece in a first hour which saw only 24 runs scored.
After Brown went without adding to his overnight score in the eighth over, Reece fell eight overs later as he was trapped lbw by Dean Cosker.
That brought Prince and Katich together, and it was the former South African Test batsman who took the initiative scoring at close to a run a ball as he brought up his three figures with a six.
“It has been a bit frustrating this season getting a few 50s and not converting, so it was nice to get to three figures for a change,” said Prince.
“I could have got a century in the first game of the season, I got 95 and tried to flick one over midwicket for six and got out. It has been a frustrating season since then, a lot of starts and now conversions.
“It has been resting heavy on my shoulders having not scored a century. Last week was a good wicket and I felt really good then hit a long-hop straight to square leg and I was really angry with myself.
“I have been striking the ball nicely and it just wasn’t happening, so I am really relieved now.
“It was a nice day and probably more suited to myself and Kat, we really enjoyed the partnership.”
When Prince went, gloving Nathan McCullum to wicketkeeper Mark Wallace, Andrea Agathangelou made 18 before he was caught by Jim Allenby at slip.
Katich and Procter, who finished on 53 not out, then shared a 90-run stand before the Australian edged Wagg behind just before close.
Picture: Ashwell Prince reaches his century (c) Simon Pendrigh