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Match Report

2ndXI draw with Derbyshire

2ndXI draw with Derbyshire

The 2ndXI have drawn their 3-day friendly with Derbyshire ahead of Tuesday's 2ndXI Trophy final at Crosby


3-DAY & 4-DAY RESULTS 2012

2ndXI Championship Table
2ndXI One-Day Results 2012

Derbyshire v Lancashire, 2ndXI Friendly, Derby, 3-5 September
Drawn [Scorecard]
Toss: Derbyshire
Derbyshire 1st innings 239 all out (80.2 overs) Parry 4-39, Bailey 4-53
Lancashire 1st innings 486-9 dec (100.3 overs) Livingstone 150, Clark 115, Davies 51, Griffiths 34*
Derbyshire 2nd innings 342-8  (108 overs) Clark 2-40, Bailey 2-48,

Team: Stephen Moore, Luis Reece, Jordan Clark, Khalid Sawas, Stephen Parry (capt), Alex Davies (wkt), Liam Livingstone, Arron Lilley, Liam Watkinson, Gavin Griffiths, Tom Bailey, Adnan Ghaus.

Report: 1st day - Tom Bailey struck with two early wickets, Hughes lbw for 5 and Siddique caught behind, but Derbyshire rallied to reach 128-2 from 32 overs at lunch. Bailey struck again after the break but it was Parry who put the pressure on Derbyshire with figures of 26-12-29-3 and by tea the home side had slumped to 217-8. Stephen Parry and Adnan Ghaus finished Derbyshire's innings at 239. Lancashire's top order then attacked the Derbyshire bowling to finish the day on 120 for 3 from just 21 overs.

2nd day
Lancashire continued to prosper in the morning session, with Alex Davies bringing up his 50 in 35 balls before being caught behind to a ball that popped. That brought Jordan Clark and Liam Livingstone together and the pair added 116 by tea, Clark reaching a century in 139 balls with Lancashire 275-4. Livingstone quickly passed his 50 after tea, before Clark fell to a sharp caught and bowled chance on 115 - the first of three wickets to fall in quick succession to leave Lancs 322-7.

Livingstone and Liam Watkinson then added 82 for the 8th wicket, before Livingstone finally departed for 150 after adding another 82 runs with Gavin Griffiths (34 not out). Lancashire declared on 486-9 and claimed the wicket of Hughes, who hit a quick fire 39 before edging Lilley's first ball behind as Derbyshire ended the day 100-1 still 147 runs behind. L

3rd day - Lancashire claimed two wickets in the morning session as Derbyshire looked to save the game by batting out the day by playing very few attacking shots. Ghaus and Watkinson were the two bowlers to strike, both catches to Reece at slip. Derbyshire had added 99 runs by lunch, and although another 6 six wickets fell by tea-all to the seamers on a flat wicket-no further wickets fell and the teams shook hands at 5pm. The spinners had no luck either with Parry’s figures 16-9-17-0, and Lilley 26-10-33-1.
Darrin White

Middlesex v Lancashire, 2ndXI Friendly, Radlett, 29-31 August
Middlesex won by an innings and 62 runs [Scorecard]
Toss: Lancashire

Lancashire 1st innings 132 all out (46.3 overs) Bentley 70
Middlesex 1st innings 455-6 dec (104.3 overs) Davey 149, Simpson 105
Lancashire 2nd innings 261 all out (56.5 overs) Reece 132*, Lilley 67, Smith 6-91

Team: Andrea Agathangelou, Ashley Gowers (wk), Luis Reece, Jordan Clark, Stephen Parry (capt), Ross Zelem, Louis Bentley, Arron Lilley, Adnan Ghaus, Naqaash Tahir, Tom Bailey, Gavin Griffiths.

Report: 1st day - Only one session was possible but Lancashire were immediately on the back foot after losing early wickets. When the rain arrived to end play at lunch Lancashire were 78-7, with only Louis Bentley the stand out batsman with 35 not out.

2nd day - Lancashire lasted another 18 overs on day 2 with Bentley the last man out for a very good 70 out of 132 all out. Ex-Lancs keeper John Simpson took 7 catches for Middlesex. Tom Bailey and Jordan Clark took a wcket each before rain brought an early tea but Middlesex batted well to reach 145-2 in the 29th over. During a long final session, Simpson (79*) and Davey (67*) piled on the runs after Nick Gubbins was run out by Clark for 72 and Paul Stirling was caught behind by Ashley Gowers off Arron Lilley.  At the close Middlesex, on 312-4, led by 180 runs.

3rd day - Middlesex batted steadily with both Simpson and then Davey bringing up their centuries. Bailey eventually had Simpson caught behind for 105, and once Agathangelou trapped Davey lbw for 149 on the stroke of lunch, Middlesex declared at 455-6.

With 64 overs to bat, Lancashire lost Parry in the 5th over and then two more wickets in the 19th to be 93-3. Reece batted flawlessly to be 68 not out at tea with Lilley hitting a rapid 24 not out in 5 overs prior to the interval with 2 sixes and 2 fours. After tea Lilley reached his 50 off 61 balls, followed by Reece completing an excellent 100 in the next over. Lilley finally departed caught and bowled for 62, and Derbyshire spinner Tom Smith then took five of the last six wickets to win the game with the last 5 Lancashire wickets only adding 12 runs. Reece was left undefeated, carrying his bat for 122.

Darrin White

Durham v Lancashire, 2ndXI Championship, Middlesborough, 22-24 August
Drawn - Durham 11 points, Lancashire 8 [Scorecard]
Toss: Durham

Durham 1st innings 306 all out (85.1 overs) Richardson 118, Bailey 3-62
Lancashire 1st innings 163 all out (45.2 overs) Bentley 59
Durham 2nd innings 254 all out (49.1 overs) Bailey 5-59
Lancashire 2nd innings 170-4 (58.2 overs) Procter 70*, Livingstone 59
Team: Louis Bentley, Luke Procter, Andrea Agathangelou, Tom Smith, Liam Livingstone, Henry Thompson, Ashley Gowers (w/k), Arron Lilley, Simon Kerrigan, Tom Bailey, Gavin Griffiths, Naqaash Tahir.

Report: 1st day - Durham won the toss and batted needing a win with full bonus points for a chance to qualify for the Championship Final as Group winners. Their openers started well and it took the introduction of Naqaash Tahir then Simon Kerrigan to slow the scoring rate. Kerrigan bowled Singh in his 3rd over with the total on 80. Richardson and Muchall looked in no trouble and it was a sharp run out by Tom Bailey that broke their partnership of 113. Kerrigan struck again when he had Mybergh lbw and Tahir bowled Richardson for 118 in the next over. Tom Smith took the only other wicket of the session to leave Durham on 273 for 5 at tea.

Bailey and Gavin Griffiths led the Lancashire fight back after tea. Bailey took 2 wickets before the new ball was taken, and Griffiths two with it. Bailey had Claydon caught behind by Ashley Gowers as Durham lost 5 wickets for 33 runs after tea.

In reply Lancashire lost two quick wickets to be 15 for 2 after 4 overs, but Louis Bentley and Tom Smith battled to close on 49 for 2 after 17 overs.

2nd day - Lancashire soon lost Smith and Livingstone to fall to 70 for 4. Bentley and Henry Thompson battled to add 69 for the 5th wicket before Thompson fell lbw, the first of 5 lbws to the Durham spinners as Lancashire's innings ended at 163 all out.

Durham led by 143 runs and went on the attack, reaching tea on day 2 at 189 for 6 from 41 overs and a lead of 332. Bailey claimed his first 5 wicket haul for Lancashire and Arron Lilley finishing the innings by bowling Claydon. Durham were all out for 254, setting Lancashire a target of 398. Bentley and Procter survived 9 overs before bad light ended the days play with Lancashire on 15 for 0.

3rd  day - Rain delayed play until 12.55pm, but two early wickets left Lancashire fighting a rearguard action to save the game. Smith went next leaving Lancs 46 for 3 after 26 overs, but Liam Livingstone combined with Procter to keep the Durham bowlers at bay. Livingstone reached a 52-ball 50 before departing for 59, while Procter had moved onto 70 not out before bad light then rain ended the game with Lancashire 170 for 4.
Darrin White

Lancashire v Yorkshire, 2ndXI Championship, Todmorden, 15-17 August
Drawn - Lancashire 3 points, Yorkshire 4 [Scorecard]
Toss: Lancashire
Lancashire 1st innings 111-3 (34 overs) Reece 43*

Team: Stephen Moore, Usman Tariq, Luis Reece, Louis Bentley, Jordan Clark, Stephen Parry (capt), Sajid Mahmood,  Ashley Gowers (w/k), Arron Lilley, Tom Bailey, Gavin Griffiths, Naqaash Tahir.

Report: The only play was on the first day, with Luis Reece making an unbeaten 43. But heavy rain soaked the Todmorden ground and no play was possible on the second or third day. Leicestershire's win this week will mean Lancashire cannot now qualify for the Championship Final. 

Lancashire v MCC Universities, 2ndXI Championship, Blackpool, 25-27 July
Lancashire won by 8 wickets - Lancashire 23 points, MCC Univ 4 [Scorecard]
Toss: MCC Universities
MCC Universities 1st innings 135 all out (56.4 overs) Kerrigan 3-41, Keedy 2-8, Shahzad 2-12
Lancashire 1st innings: 264 all out (69.3 overs) Davies 84*, Brown 38, Mahmood 38, Newby 27, Agathangelou 26
MCC Universities 2nd innings 174 all out (74.5 overs) Shahzad 3-8, Keedy 4-38, Kerrigan 2-63
Lancashire 2nd innings 49-2 (12.2 overs) Moore 22*

Team: Andrea Agathangelou, Stephen Moore, Karl Brown (capt), Tom Smith, Gareth Cross, Jordan Clark, Alex Davies (wkt), Sajid Mahmood, Ajmal Shahzad, Oliver Newby, Simon Kerrigan, Gary Keedy.

Report: 1st day - MCC Universities win the toss and electing to bat but were quickly in trouble at 0-1 and 15-2 as Ajmal Shahzad struck twice. Oliver Newby then bowled opener Patel to make it 35-3. Sajid Mahmood and Simon Kerrigan both took a wicket before lunch which saw the visitors on 86-5. After the break Kerrigan took the first wicket when he had local boy Bell stumped for 4 and a run out claimed Woolley for 4 at 113-7. Gary Keedy picked up his first wicket when Gareth Cross took a running catch at mid on. Alex Davies is the wicketkeeper for this match.  Kerrigan claimed the 9th wiocket with another slip catch from Tom Smith, and then Keedy finished the innings with an lbw, the MCC Universities all out for 135 in the 57th over.
MCC Unis struck in the 4th over of Lancashire's first innings at 22-1, and Andrea Agathangelou fell just before tea for 26 with the score 58-2. After tea, four quick wickets left Lancs at 97-6 on a sharply turning wicket. This brought Davies and Shahzad together and the pair earned the first batting point with Davies finishing on 43 not out with a six and 5 fours. Shahzad went to a sharp catch at short leg as Lancs finished on159-7, a lead of 24 runs.

2nd Day -
Alex Davies carried on from where he left off, bringing up his 50 with a four in the 4th over of the day.  Two good partnerships (55 with Newby and 54 with Mahmood) saw Lancs pass 250 and gain some important batting points. Finally Davies ran out of partners finishing on 84 not out, a Championship best.  Lancs 264 all out, a lead of 129.

Shahzad struck early in the Unis' innings either side of Lunch, ending his spell with 3 for 8 from 9 overs. The Unis rallied and added 67 before 3 wickets fell before tea leaving the Unis on 113 for 6, still 16 behind.

The spinners worked hard for wickets with lots of playing and missing, then Keedy and Agathangelou struck . The Unis 151 for 8 a lead of 22. Kerrigan and Keedy finished off the innings  with half an hour left in the day.

Lancs reached the 46 required after claiming the extra half hour for the loss of 2 wickets. Moore finishing 22 not out.  Lancs are now top of the league with two games to go.
Darrin White

Lancashire v Derbyshire, 2ndXI Championship, Southport & Birkdale, 18-20 July
Lancashire won by an innings & 120 runs - Lancashire 24 points, Derbyshire 4 [Scorecard]
Toss: Lancashire
Derbyshire 1st innings 42 all out (36 overs) Newby 5-20, Tahir 3-2, Griffiths 2-17
Lancashire 1st innings 312 all out (88.4 overs) Agathangelou 112, Reece 67, Bentley 56
Derbyshire 2nd innings 150 all out (83.5 overs) Parry 3-28, Mahmood 3-33

Team: Luis Reece, Louis Bentley, Andrea Agathangelou, Jordan Clark, Stephen Parry (capt), Oliver Newby, Sajid Mahmood, Liam Livingstone, Liam Parkinson (wkt), Gary Keedy, Naqaash Tahir, Gavin Griffiths.

Report: 1st day - What a day, sunshine and cricket on the same day. Lancs made the most of both as a strong side took charge of day one. Oliver Newby struck in his 2nd over of the day after a delayed start at 1pm, to claim his 200th 2nd xi championship wicket. He made it 201 in the last over of his spell with a catch to Liam Parkinson on debut as keeper. Derbyshire were 25-2 after 19 overs at lunch and a clatter of wickets followed on the resumption. Gavin Griffiths struck first when he bowled Borrington for 14, Newby struck again in the next over, (26-4) and both took another wicket each to leave the visitors struggling on 30-6, with Agathangelou taking a fantastic catch at 2nd slip for Griffiths 2nd wicket.  Newby then took his haul to 5 before Tahir cleaned up the tail with 3 wickets for 2 runs as Derbyshire were shot out for 42 in 36 overs.

Openers Luis Reece and Louis Bentley made a great start, with Bentley reaching his 50 in 47 balls before falling 56. This brought Agathangelou to the crease and he continued to attack the bowling in a century partnership that took Reece to his half-century and Lancashire to 198-1 at the close (at 7.46pm!).

2nd day - Lancs lost the first wicket of the day in the 6th over when Reece was caught behind for 67. Agathangelou and Clark added a further 69 for the 3rd wicket before Clark fell the same way for 18 just after Agathangelou had brought up his century in 143 balls. A collapse ensued, Lancs losing 6 wickets for 5 runs, with Agathangelou the 8th man out for 112. Debutant Liam Parkinson battled to take Lancs to 300 and full bonus points for the match, succeeding in the over before lunch. Lancs added 10 runs after the break to finish on 312.

Gavin Griffiths struck twice in his first over to leave Derbyshire on 2-2. Then a great bit of fielding by Parkinson with a sharp stop and direct hit ran Siddique out trying to regain his ground. Sajid Mahmood bowled Durham in the 21st over and the visitors were 59-4 at tea. Rain intervened during the break with 8 overs lost before Gary Keedy struck to make it 69-5. After another short rain delay, Derbyshire battled to reach stumps on 101-5 still 168 runs from avoiding an in nings defeat.

3rd day - Heavy overnight rain left the out field very wet forcing an early lunch and finally a 1.30 start, with the day reduced to 67 overs. Newby and Parry opened the bowling  and it was Parry who struck first when Burgoyne top edged to Agathangelou at slip. Mahmood was introduced after 12 overs and in his 2nd had opening batsman Slater caught behind for 60 to leave Derbyshire on 125-7. Mahmood struck again four overs later as Lancashire closed in on their first Championship win of the season. Parry claimed the 9th wicket when he had Footitt stumped, and finished off the Derbyshire innings when he bowled the last man Clare, the visitors 150 all out. Wicketkeeper Liam Parkinson capping a memorable debut with 5 victims in the second innings and a Lancs 2nd XI Championship record 9 victims in the match to go with a run out.
Darrin White

Worcestershire v Lancashire, 2ndXI Championship, Worcester RGS, 11-13 July
Drawn - Worcs 3 points, Lancashire 6 [Scorecard]
Toss: Lancashire
Worcestershire 1st innings: 124-8 (48.2 overs ) Parry 4-30, Tahir 3-12

Team: Andrea Agathangelou, Louis Bentley, Jordan Clark, Luis Reece, Liam Livingstone, Stephen Parry (capt), Sajid Mahmood, Arron Lilley, Naqaash Tahir, Alex Davies (wkt), Gavin Griffiths, Tom Bailey

Report: 1st day - no play, rain.
2nd day - Finally some play with a late start at midday. Worcs started solidly reaching 50 for no wicket after 21 overs, in tricky damp conditions for both batting and the bowlers. Naqaash Tahir struck with 3 wickets; in his third over, again in his fourth and fifth, one bowled and two lbw's. Stephen Parry joined in with a wicket with his first ball, another lbw to have Worcs struggling at 62 for 4 but they survived to reach a late lunch at 90 for 4 after 34 overs.

Arron Lilley struck in the third over after lunch when he bowled Choudhry for 17 to make it 92 for 5. Parry claimed three more wickets before rain returned to finish play early with the home side on 124 for 8.
3rd day - no play, rain.

Darrin White

Lancashire v Scotland 'A', 2ndXI Friendly, Chester Boughton Hall, 26-28 July
Lancashire won by 8 wickets [Scorecard]

Toss: Lancashire
Scotland A 1st innings 167 all out (55.4 overs) Kerrigan 6-67, Newby 2-29
Lancashire 1st innings 210 all out (47.5 overs) Mahmood 39, Agathangelou 37
Scotland A 2nd innings 191 all out (58.2 overs) Kerrigan 6-84
Lancashire 2nd innings 149-2 (36.2 overs) Davies 57* Reece 34*, Agathangelou 31

Team: Andrea Agathangelou, Louis Bentley, Jordan Clark, Luis Reece, Alex Davies (wkt), Oliver Newby (capt), Arron Lilley, Sajid Mahmood,  Simon Kerrigan, Naqaash Tahir, Tom Bailey, Gavin Griffiths

Report: 1st day - Although the game started on time the strong Lancashire bowling attack was handicapped by the rain affected conditions. The rain returned in the 12th over as Scotland A had moved on to 40 for 0. Resuming at 3:50 we got another 20 mins play before the rain returned again with Scotland A 50 for 1 in the 14th, Oliver Newby claiming the only wicket having Iqbal caught behind for 13. Play resumed again at 5:30 with spin at both ends and this soon paid dividends with two wickets in two overs. Arron Lilley had Flanagan caught at slip by Andrea Agathangelou, and in the next over Simon Kerrigan struck when Luis Reece took a sharp catch at short mid wicket. That left the visitors on 69 for 3 in the 20th over before Kerrigan struck twice in the last over of the day to leave Scotland A 101 for 5.

2nd day - It took 90 minutes of the morning session to take the last five wickets in the Scotland innings. There was one wicket each for Mahmood and Newby, but the chief destroyer was Kerrigan with three wickets to take his tally to 6 for the innings. Lancashire in reply were 41 for 0 at lunch. Wickets fell at regular intervals during the 2nd session but the scoring rate of nearly 5 runs per over meant Lancashire were all out at tea for 210, Mahmood top scoring with 39 from 32 balls, to take a lead of 43. Scotland batted well to the close, moving to 121 for 3 with a wicket each for Gavin Griffiths, Lilley and Mahmood.

3rd day - Rain again overnight meant that the spinners were asked to open the bowling on day 3, and Kerrigan made that pay when he struck in his second and third over. Lilley claimed another wicket in the following over to leave the visitors 136 for 6. Kerrigan had picked up 2 more wickets when the rain arrived again at 12 o’clock forcing an early lunch with Scotland 156 for 8.

Kerrigan continuing his great form to end the Scotland innings eight overs after lunch leaving Lancashire requiring 149 to win in a minimum 58 overs. They attacked the Scottish bowling from the start but lost Agathangelou for 31 and Clark for 16 to be60 for 2 in the 17th over. That brought Alex Davies to join Louis Reece and they added an unbeaten 89 with Davies striking a 57-ball 50 including 9 fours and a 6 to win the match.
Darrin White

Northants v Lancashire, 2ndXI Championship, Mlton Keynes, 19-21 June
Drawn, Northants 10 points, Lancashire 9 [Scorecard]
Toss: Lancashire
Northants 1st innings 292-5 dec (103.2 overs) Kettleborough 111*; Mahmood 2-56
Lancashire 1st innings 302-9 dec (85.4 overs) Livingstone 37
Northants 2nd innings 80-2 (24 overs)

Team: Henry Thompson; Louis Bentley, Andrea Agathangelou (capt), Jordan Clark (replaced by Luis Reece after 1st day), Liam Livingstone, Sajid Mahmood, Arron Lilley, Simon Kerrigan (played on first day only), Tom Bailey, Naqaash Tahir, Ashley Gowers (wkt), Adnan Ghaus.

Report: 1st day - Having won the toss and electiong to field on a damp wicket the Lancashire bowlers did not have the impact envisaged at the start of the game. Although the home side found runs hard to get, the Lancashire attack came up against  some resilient Northants batting. Most of the Northants top order got in but it was left to Kettleborough (111no from 285 balls) to make the biggest contribution. The Lancashire bowlers toiled hard all day with Simon Kerrigan 2-100 from 33 overs, Sajid Mahmood 2-56 from 15.2 overs; Adnan Ghaus 1-40 from 16 overs, and Naqaash Tahir 0-28 from 18 overs making runs hard to get.

After scoring at less than 3 an over Northants declared in the 104th over of the day leaving the Lancashire opening pair of Henry Thompson and Louis Bentley a tricky 8 overs at the end of the day, and the pair saw Lancashire to 20 without loss at the close. 

2nd day - Lancashire resumed their first innings and although the highest score was Liam Livingstone's 37, every other batsman hit 20 or more. Wickets fell in pairs throughout the innings; the 1st and 2nd on 61, the 3rd and 4th on 101, the 5th and 6th on 174 and 175, and the 7th at 239 with the 8th on 246. Henry Thompson (26) and Louis Bentley laid the foundations with 61 for the first wicket. A fifth wicket of 75 between Liam Livingston (37) and Sajid Mahmood (33) and 64 for the seventh wicket between Aaron Lilley (29) and Tom Bailey (29) allowed Naqaash Tahir (26) and Ashley Gowers (25no) to get Lancashire within maximum batting points. This was obtained when Adnan Ghaus hit 2 consecutive 4's and the skipper made an immediate declaration.
Northants were left with 24 overs to bat and at the close were 80 for the loss of two wickets and a lead of 70 runs. Both openers had been dismissed to  good catches by wicket keeper Gowers and short leg Liam Livingstone

3rd day - no play due to rain
Chris Rimmer

Lancashire v Warwickshire, 2ndXI Championship, Old Trafford, 29-31 May
Drawn - Lancashire 10 points, Warwicks 10 [Scorecard]

Toss: Warwickshire
Warwickshire 1st innings 301- 7 dec (100 overs) Evans 140, Javid 87*; Lilley 3-91
Lancashire 1st innings 300-7 dec (77 overs) Livingstone 105, Clark 56, Newby 45
Warwickshire 2nd innings: 119 all out (55.2 overs) Newby 4-30 

Team: Louis Bentley, Henry Thompson, Andrea Agathangelou (capt), Jordan Clark, Liam Livingstone, Luis Reece (replaced by Oliver Newby, lunch 1st day), Dan Pawson (wkt), Will Chapples, Arron Lilley, Stephen Parry, Tom Hampton, Adnan Ghaus.

Report - 1st day: Having won the toss and electing to bat, Warwickshire struggled against the Lancashire attack and at lunch had lost 3 wickets for 96 runs from 38 overs with opener Evans 48no. Arron Lilley with 2 for 17 from 11 overs and Luis Reece 0 for 14 from 10 overs were the pick of the early Lancashire attack.
If the morning session was Lancashire's the afternoon was a complete reverse with Evans and his skipper Javid scoring 133 runs from 40 overs and not losing a wicket. Evans reached his hundred from 177 balls with 2 sixes and 13 fours, and at tea Warwickshire were 229 for 3. The partnership was finally broken in the 2nd over after tea when Evans was caught by Danny Pawson for 140. In the search for runs to obtain maximum bonus points wickets fell but with Javid hitting out the visitors made the 300 in the 100th over of the innings before Javid declared with 7wickets down, the captain finishing 87not out.
Lancashire were left with 5 overs to play and made a poor start when Louis Bentley was caught off the 2nd ball of the innings to a juggling catch in the gully without a run on the board. Thompson and Livingstone battled through to the close, Lancashire 21 for 1.

2nd day: An interesting days play saw Lancashire end well on top. Liam Livingstone (105), Jordan Clark (56) and Oliver Newby (45) batted well to give Lancashire maximum batting points which enabled a declaration at tea, leaving Warwickshire leading by 1 run.
What nobody envisaged was the way the Warwickshire batting collapsed in the final session against a Lancashire attack lead by Oliver Newby. Newby opened with a spell of 1-4 from 5 overs and a second spell of 3-4 from 5 overs. Ably assisted by Jordan Clark 2-16 from 8 overs and some good catches Lancashire at close of play had Warwickshire 59-7, a lead of 60.

3rd day-Persistant rain meant a delay until 4pm when play resumed with a minimum of 32 overs to play in the game. Lancashire had an early breakthrough when Arron Lilley had Metters lbw at the end of the 4th over of the day and the score on 60. Piolet and Allin dug in and with solid defence and occasional attack for the next 14 overs before Allin was out in the 1st over of the last hours play. With the last man in another 5 overs were used to take the last wicket with the score on 119.

This left Lancashire to score 121 to win the game in 8 overs, but with Agathangelou being dismissed in the 2nd over having scored
18 from 9 balls including 2 sixes and Clark following quickly, the teams shook hands after 4 balls of the 4th over.

Chris Rimmer

Lancashire v Leicestershire, 2ndXI Championship, Northern CC Crosby, 16-18 May
Leicestershire won by 4 wkts. Lancashire 6 points, Leics 21 [Scorecard]
Toss: Lancashire
Lancashire 1st innings 217 all out (90 overs) Livingstone 51, Clark 38, Taylor 4-20
Leicestershire 1st innings 164 all out (74.5 overs) Newby 5-42, Lilley 2-10, Parry 2-43
Lancashire 2nd innings 223-7 dec (69.5 overs) Newby 67*, Agathangelou 44, Clark 44
Leicestershire 2nd innings 280-6 (71.4 overs) du Toit 124, Lilley 3-90, Parry 3-106

Team: Andrea Agathangelou, Henry Thompson, Jordan Clark, Stephen Parry (capt), Alex Davies (wkt), Oliver Newby, Liam Livingstone, Will Chapples, Arron Lilley, Naqaash Tahir, Gavin Griffiths

Report: 1st day - Lancs struggled through the morning session to reach 83 for 4 at lunch, Clark unbeaten on 25. Clark fell for 38 adding 42 with Newby who went two balls later for 24, Nelson striking twice to peg back the home side to 111 for 6. Livingstone and Chapples gave Lancs their 2 batting points, adding 89 before Livingstone was caught for 51. Lancashire finally finished 217 all out from 90 overs.

Leics had 12 overs to survive but came up against Newby, who dismissed three top-order batsmen before the close with two lbw’s and a superb catch by wicketkeeper Davies, to end the the day on 29 for 3.

2nd day - Lancs had to work hard to take the first wicket of the day. Newby finally bowled Ali, and followed with Mommsen caught behind from the last ball before lunch to claim the first 5 wickets of the innings. That put Leics on 111-5 which quickly became 117-7 when Parry and Griffiths struck shortly after the resumption. Leics took the score to 146 before the spin twins, Parry and Lilley struck with a wicket each, Lilley finally ending the innings at 164 when Clark caught Malik.

After tea Lancs batted determindly, with Agathangelou scoring 44, before a mini collapse left the Red Rose on 95 for 4, a lead of 148, with the Leics spinners doing the damage on a turning wicket. It leaves the game interestingly poised for the final day.

3rd day - Clark took the attack to Leics as Lancs looking to set a target for the visitors to chase. Clark hit a 6 and 6 fours before falling to Malik for 44, but Newby continued to attack, finishing on 67 not out. It enabled Parry to set Leics a target of 277 from 72 overs, and openers Ali and Hill batted steadily, reaching 48 before Agathangelou took a very sharp catch at slip off Lilley to remove Hill. This brought du Toit to the wicket, and he turned in a match-winning innings of 124.

At tea Lancs had removed Ali for 45, but Leics had moved to 124 for 2, du Toit on 45 not out. Parry struck in his first over after the break to remove Thornley for 5, but du Toit attacked, reaching his 50 in 89 balls and his century only 45 balls later.  Lilley finally ended his innings with Leics on 238-5 with 8.4 over left in the day, with 39 required. Lilley bowled Taylor for 16 with the score 270-6 and 13 balls remaining, but with 5 required from the last over, Wells hit the boundry that gave Leics the win on the 4th ball.
Darrin White

Lancashire v Yorkshire, Friendly, St Annes, 2-4 May
Lancashire won by 3 wickets (Target was 276 in min 45 overs) [Scorecard]
Toss: Lancashire
Yorkshire 1st innings
 277-7 dec (90 overs) Querl 2-56, Tahir 3-40
Lancashire 1st innings 301-9 dec (75.5 overs) Davies 64*, Agathangelou 51
Yorkshire 2nd innings 299-7, Querl 3-42
Lancashire 2nd innings 278-7, Parry 81, Livingstone 44, Lilley 35* 

Team: Stephen Parry (capt), Andrea Agathangelou, Louis Bentley, Arron Lilley, Jordan Clark, Alex Davies (wkt), Liam Livingstone, Chris Connolly, Naqaash Tahir, Reg Querl.

1st day - Yorkshire found the the going tough with tight bowling from Tahir and trialist Querl. They were 39 for 2 after 20 overs, and at lunch had moved onto 91 for 3 after 36 overs, a wicket each for Tahir, Querl and Lilley. Yorkshire opener Lees batted through another session as only two more wickets fell, one each for Tahir and Querl to take the home side to 184 for 5 at tea. Yorkshire came out aggressively after tea, Lees reaching 100 before being stumped off the bowling of Parry. Yorkshire finally declared on 277 for 7 from 90 overs with Tahir the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 40. Lancashire had to survive a tough 13 overs before the close but Agathangelou and Thompson took the Red Rose to 32 for 0.

2nd day - Lancashire reached 94-0 before a mini collapse with three wickets falling for no runs after Agathangelou had just reached his half century. Parry and Bentley steadied matters before Parry fell for 32 just before lunch with Lancs 164-4. Wickets fell at regular intervals but from 201 for 9 Davies and Querl took the fight to the bowlers, adding an unbeaten 100 for the last wicket in 79 balls. Davies was 64no (2x6, 8x4), and Querl 37no (2x6, 3x4) before Lancs declared on 301 for 9 at tea. Querl had an early breakthrough bowling Lees for 0. At the close though Yorks had rallied to finish at 168 for 2, a lead of 144.

3rd day - Tahir struck in the first over of the day when he had Lyth caught behind without adding to his over night score. It was another hour before Querl had Leaning caught behind, Yorks now 220 for 4 , a lead of 196. Querl struck again in his next over, trapping Rafiq lbw for 85 but rain at 12.30 forced an early lunc and play resumed at 2.25 having lost 20 overs in the day.

Yorks finally declared after a further 6 overs had added another  61 for 2 wickets to set Lancs 276 from the remaining 45 overs. This looked a tough task after losing openers Thompson and Agathangelou with the score 45 for 2 in the 8th over. After Clark and Bentley had taken the score past 100, three quick wickets fell to Randhawa, to make the score 116 for 5 after 24 overs, leaving 160 required in 21 overs.

Parry and Livingstone took the attack to the Yorks bowling, adding 94 in 13 overs, before Livingstone fell just 6 short of a half century at better than run a ball. Parry and Lilley continued to attack, Parry hitting 2 sixes and Lilley one before Parry was caught on the cover boundary. Lancs were now 249 for 7, requiring 27 with 23 balls remaining and Lilley and Tahir never faltered, with Lilley winning the game with a boundary to take Lancs over the line with a ball to spare.
Darrin White

Nottinghamshire v Lancashire, 2ndXI Championship, Notts Sports Club, Nottingham, 18-20 April
Match Drawn, Notts 7 points, Lancashire 4 [Scorecard]
Toss: Notts 
Lancashire 1st innings 178-9 (60 overs) Davies 58, Parry 48* Bentley 36
Notts did not bat
: Stephen Parry (capt), Andrea Agathangelou, Henry Thompson, Jordan Clark, Oliver Newby, Alex Davies (wkt), Arron Lilley, Liam Livingstone, Naqaash Tahir, Gavin Griffiths, Chris Connolly.

Report: The first Championship match of the season looked to be following the Trophy fixture to the the rainy graveyard, with no play on the first two days. The weather relented to give us a chance to start at 3pm on the 2nd day, but again intervened after the toss with players and umpires ready to start.
On day 3 we finally got going, losing an early wicket before Alex Davies and Louis Bentley battled the conditions to add 74. Bentley fell for 36 before being caught at cover, and Lancs made it to 100 before Davies was run out for 58 in a mix up with Clark. Clark was also run out the over before lunch, with Lancs going in at 111 for 4. Wickets fell at regular intervals after the break, with captain Stephen Parry finishing on 48 not out when the rain returned at 3:30 to finally end procedings with Lancs 178 for 9.
Darrin White


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