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Match Report

2ndXI win at Hove

2ndXI win at Hove

The 2ndXI have won their final 3-day game of the season, beating Sussex by 6 wickets at Hove


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Sussex v Lancashire, 2ndXI Friendly, Hove, 6-8 September
Lancashire won by 6 wickets
Sussex 1st innings 314 all out (83.4 overs) Griffiths 5-58, Newby 2-55
Lancashire 1st innings  0-0
Sussex 2nd innings 0-0
Lancashire 2nd inns 317-4 (79.5 overs) Reece 144*, Agathangelou 46

Report - After day one was totally washed out, play finally started on day two. Sussex won the toss and were 122 for 3 at lunch, Stephen Cheetham taking a wicket in his first spell and Nicky Caunce picking up two wickets in two overs of his opening spell. The second session was definitely Sussex’s before Newby struck with two wickets off the last two balls of his 13th over but Sussex went in to tea at 233 for 5. After tea Gavin Griffiths put Lancs back in charge bowling Liddle and Hatchett in successive balls, and picking up a third 3 overs later to have Sussex 278 for 8. Rain interrupted for 12 mins, but it was the re-introduction of Griffiths who finished off the innings with his first 5 wicket haul for the 2nd team as Sussex were 314 all out. This left time for 1 over before stumps, Lancs 1 for 0.

Lancs declared their 1st innings overnight, Sussex forfeited their second innings, and Lancs had to chase 314 to win in 3 sessions. Openers Henry Thompson and Louis Reece gave Lancs a great start going in unbeaten a t lunch, Lancs 90 for 0. Thompson fell lbw just after lunch, and Andrea Agathangelou joined Reece and started to accelerate the rate before falling for 46, Lancs177 for 2, Reece still there at tea on 78 not out.

Clark further raised the rate with 24 from what proved to be Hobden's his last over (2x6, 3x4). Two quick wickets brought Newby to the wicket with Lancs 218 for 4, and 90 mins left in the day. Reece attacked the bowling, moving from 81 to 144 in 45 balls, and with Newby backing him up with 29 not out. Lancs won with half an hour to spare.

Darrin White

Team: Louis Reece, Andrea Agathangelou, Henry Thompson, Stephen Parry (capt), Jordan Clark, Alex Davies (wkt), Liam Livingstone, Arron Lilley, Stephen Cheetham, Nicky Caunce, Gavin Griffiths, Oliver Newby

Lancashire v Durham, 2ndXI Friendly, Southport & Birkdale, 31 August-2 September
Lancashire won by 78 runs
Lancashire 1st innings  268 all out (61.3 overs) Parry 108, Clark 42
Durham 1st innings 352 all out (93.5 overs) Cheetham 4-56, Caunce 3-93
Lancashire 2nd innings 341 all out (72.5 overs) Parry 109, Caunce 75*, Clark 74
Durham 2nd innings 179 all out (48.5 overs) Lilley 4-39, Parry 3-45

Team: Louis Reece, Andrea Agathangelou, Louis Bentley, Stephen Parry (capt), Jordan Clark, Alex Davies (wkt), Liam Livingstone, Arron Lilley, Stephen Cheetham, Nicky Caunce, Gavin Griffiths, Oliver Newby

Report - Durham won the toss and early wickets left Lancs in trouble at 16-3. Jordan Clark and Stephen Parry put on 110 for the 4th wicket before Clark fell for 42 just before lunch. Oliver Newby fell just after lunch for a quick fire 22, but Parry went on to reach three figures before losing Alex Davies at 229 for 6. The final four wickets fell the next 9 overs, Lancs all out for 268.

Durham started steadily, with Stephen Cheetham the first to strike in the 18th over, 48 for 1. Durham looked like they might build a big lead only losing one more wicket before the close, Nicky Caunce getting Clark lbw. Durham closing on 106 for 2 after 40 overs.

Durham had added 7 runs in 9 overs when Newby took the first wicket of the second day, the first of 4 catches for Andrea Agathangelou.  Parry struck with his first ball of the day, Durham 171 for 4.  Caunce struck twice before lunch, Durham 263 for 6 at the interval.  Durham moved the score past 300 before 2 wickets in 2 overs, bowled Cheetham caught Agathangelou, Durham 313 for 8.  Cheetham struck again but not before Durham had passed 350.  The final wicket was Harrison run out by Louis Reece.
Again Lancs lost early wickets to be 14 for 2 , with Bentley missing injured.  Clark and Davies took Lancs to 71 for 2 at tea, but Davies went soon after interval. This brought first innings centurion Parry to the crease, but the Lancashire captain saw 3 wickets fall in 5 overs before steadying matters with Arron Lilley, the pair adding 76 for the 7th wicket as Lancs closed the day on 220 for 7.

Caunce and Parry attacked the bowling on day 3, Parry reaching his second ton of the match (the first since Ian Austin in 1994), and Caunce passing 50 for the first time. Parry's innings finally ended on 109 with the 8th wicket adding 123.  The last two wickets fell quickly leaving Caunce not out on 75.

In the half hour before lunch Newby struck to leave Durham 9 for 1, chasing 258 to win in 69 overs. After lunch Gavin Griffiths struck with 2 wickets in 2 overs leaving Durham 27 for 3, but there was only one more wicket before tea for Parry, the leave Durham on 131 for 4. Spin duo Parry and Lilley dominated after the break, bowling Durham out in the 12th over after tea, Parry taking 3-45 and Lilley 4-39, as Durham were all out for 179, to leave Lancs winners by 78 runs.
Darrin White

Lancashire v Durham, 2ndXI Championship, St. Annes, 17-19 August
Lancashire 1st innings  328-9 dec (104 overs) Bentley 153*, Procter 51, Chilton 51
Durham 1st innings 507 all out (119.3 overs) Newby 3-73
Lancashire 2nd innings 222-3 dec (60 overs) Bentley 87, Chilton 86*

Points: Lancashire 9, Durham 9

Report-1st day: Lancashire scored 102 for 1 by lunch with the only wicket to fall that of Andrea Agathangelou for 23. Louis Bentley reached his half-century in the over before lunch. Mark Chilton also reached 50 before playing on, and Clark also went to Harrison to make the score153 for 3.  Luke Procter joined Bentley to take took the score to 233 for 3 at tea, and 6 overs into the evening session. Bentley reached his second Championship hundred of the season. Despite wickets falling at the other end Bentley battled on, only giving one chance when he was dropped on 112 at deep square leg. He went on to reach his 150 in the final over of the day.

2nd day-Lancs declared overnight but were unable to to take early wickets on a good batting track. Procter was pick of the bowlers in the morning session with 0-23 from 9 overs, with Oliver Newby the only wicket taker in the over before lunch when Raine was caught by Kerrigan at square leg. Procter opened after lunch and soon bowled Jennings for 2, Durham 172-2, but Stoneman went on to complie 143 before being bowled for Newby with the score at 284-3. After tea Breese and Richardson added 119 before Breese was caught on the boundary by Bentley for 55 to give Newby his third wicket. Clark had Pringle caught behind, before rain stopped play in the last over of the day with Richardson 114 not out and Durham leading by 115.

3rd day-Durham resumed on 443-5 and looked to push the lead up to a point where they could declare. Tom Bailey struck in his first over, having Singh caught behind, and Nicky Caunce followed suit in the 6th over with Wood caught behind. In the next over Bailey struck again, Andrea Agathangelou catching Richardson at 2nd slip for 121 and Lancashire ended the visitors innings in 9 overs,  Durham 507 all out.
Lancashire lost an early wicket in their 2nd innings, but Louis Bentley and Mark Chilton carried where they had left off in the first innings. 
Bentley brought up his 50 in 62 balls with a straight drive through mid on, but was out straight after tea for 87. Mark Chilton had joined forces with Bentley, the pair adding 149 and Chilton finished unbeaten on 86 which included two huge sixes straight off Breese.
Darrin White

Warwickshire v Lancashire, 2ndXI Championship, Rugby, 3-5 August

Warwickshire 1st innings  237 all out (74.4 overs) Kerrigan 5-68, Cheetham 3-60
Lancashire 1st innings 216-7 dec (53 overs) Agathangelou 73, Reece 54
Warwickshire 2nd innings 206-7 dec () Lilley 3-32, Kerrigan 3-57

Points: Warwickshire 8, Lancashire 9

Team: Louis Reece, Andrea Agathangelou (capt), Henry Thompson, Louis Bentley, Luke Perry, Jordan Clark, Alex Davies (wkt), Arron Lilley, Simon Kerrigan, Stephen Cheetham, Nicky Caunce, Tom Bailey.

Report: 1st day-Warwickshire including recently-arrived Shivnarine Chanderpaul after leaving the West Indies batsmen out of the first eleven match taking place against Lancashire at Liverpool. Warwicks were quickly 10  for 3 with two wickets for Nicky Caunce and one for Steven Cheetham. Chanderpaul looked in no trouble before Cheetham changed ends and with his first ball trapped the left handed batsman lbw for 25, to leave the home side at 49-4. Another wicket in Cheetham's next over made it 59 for 5, which became 92-5 at lunch.

After lunch Warwicks added 104 before Alex Davies with a sharp piece of work stumped Javid for 91, the first of 5 wickets for Simon Kerrigan. Three more quick wickets for Kerrigan including a diving catch at second slip by Andrea Agathangelou further reduced the hosts to 187-9. Another rearguard defence from Warwicks added exactly 50, finishing on 237 all out. Agathangelou  reached his 50 from 67 balls and Reece took 72 deliveries to reach his half-century as Lancashire reached stumps on 130-0 from 29 overs.

2nd day-Play was limited to just 17 overs due to rain, with Lancashire adding 47 runs for the loss of four wickets.

3rd day-Lancashire hit 39 runs in 7 overs for the loss of 3 wickets before declaring to leave Warwicks with a lead of 21. Following some tight bowling from the seamers it was the introduction of Kerrigan that brought the first wicket just before lunch, a sharp wicket to the safe hands of Agathangelou at 2nd slip. After lunch the spin of Kerrigan and Lilley brought about a Warwicks batting collapsing to 81-6, with Kerrigan having Chanderpaul caught at leg slip by Bentley for 7. Warwicks fought back with a stand of 121 before Reece struck, but the teams shook hands when Warwicks declared at 4:50.

Yorkshire v Lancashire, 2ndXI Championship, Stamford Bridge 26-28 July
Lancashire won by 3 wkts

Yorkshire 1st innings 316 all out (89.3 overs) Newby 5-71, Caunce 3-47
Lancashire 1st innings 288 all out  (79.3 overs) Clark 97, Parry 88
Yorkshire 2nd innings 215 all out (62.2 overs) Newby 6-67, Parry 2-47
Lancashire 2nd innings 247-7 (60.1 overs) Agathangelou 64, Bentley 45, Davies 35*, Lilley 29*

Points: Yorkshire 8, Lancashire 23

Team: Louis Reece, Andrea Agathangelou, Henry Thompson, Louis Bentley, Jordan Clark, Stephen Parry (capt), Alex Davies (wkt), Arron Lilley, Oliver Newby, Stephen Cheetham, Nicky Caunce, Tom Bailey.

Report-1st day Yorkshire won the toss and lost just one wicket in the morning session when Tom Baileyran out Geldart with a great throw from the boundary. After lunch Oliver Newby struck twice in quick successesion to leave Yorkshire at 121-3 but Anthony McGrath batting through the session, only losing one partner to Lilley, to leave the score at tea on 239-4. McGrath reached 100 in the second over after tea, but Lancashire fought back with Newby taking 3-24 in 5 overs. Caunce cleaned up the tail with two lbw's in 3 balls, including the prize scalp of McGrath caught behind.

2nd day-After a good start, a double change of bowling brought two wickets; first Thompson then Bentley in the space of two overs.  This brought together Clark and Parry who the score to 170 for 4 at lunch with Parry 52no and Clark 36no. The pair went on after the break to the 5th wicket record partnership v Yorkshire that had stood since 1959, adding 186, before Clark fell 3 runs short of his century. The loss of Clark signalled a collapse for Lancashire, with just 26 runs added for the final 6 wickets.

Tight bowling by Newby and Cheetham kept Yorkshire in check, before Newby took the wicket of Root for 64 in his second spell, Caunce dismissed McGrath just before the end of play for 54. Yorks finishing on 140 -3, but with two new batsmen at the crease.

3rd day-Parry struck in his first over of the day, removing Lees lbw before man of the match Newby destroyed the Yorkshire batting with a third 5 wicket haul against Yorkshire in four days. Four wickets in 4 overs including danger man Brophy reduced Yorkshire from 169-4 to 190-8.

Newby finished the match with two personal records and a club record against Yorkshire 2nd XI. His 6-67 was his best 2ndXI bowling return and it was also his first 10 wicket haul in a match. It was the best match return in a Lancashire v Yorkshire 2nd XI game for Lancashire, Newby's 11-138 surpassing Ian Folley's 10-103 in 1986 at Crosby.

Yorkshire had set Lancashire 244 from a minimum of 67 overs, and the Red Rose were aggressive at the start of the innings, scoring at 5 an over up to the 26th over. Lancashire had lost Reece earlier (at 60-1) after 12 overs. It was the 26th over that dragged Yorks back into the game with the wickets of Agathangelou and Clark. Bentley fell just after tea for an important 45, but three wickets in 3 overs looked to have put Yorkshire in the driving seat, with Lancashire 182-7. Davies and Lilley had other thoughts and batted without giving a chance, putting on 65 unbeaten for the 8th wicket. Lilley winning the game with a cover drive from Hannon-Dalby in the 8th over of the last hour,
Darrin White

Lancashire v Nottinghamshire, 2ndXI Championship, Todmorden 20-22 July
Toss: Lancashire

Lancashire 1st innings 320 all out (101.3 overs) Clark 90, Bentley 73, Reece 66
Notts 1st innings 264 all out (80.4 overs)
Kerrigan 5-58, Newby 3-80
Lancashire 2nd innings 213 all out (64.1 overs) Newby 35, Procter 28
Notts 2nd innings Did Not Bat

Points: Lancs 11pts, Notts 10pts

Team: Louis Reece, Andrea Agathangelou, Henry Thompson, Louis Bentley, Jordan Clark, Luke Procter, Stephen Parry (capt), Scott Stanworth (wkt), Oliver Newby, Simon Kerrigan, Stephen Cheetham, Nicky Caunce.

 Report: 1st day-After losing an early wicket the two left handers Reece and Bentley added 116 for the 2nd wicket. Reece fell just after lunch but Bentley, and then Clark pushed the score along. Bentley fell for a battling 73, Clark falling short of his century just after tea for 90. Lancashire reached the 300 run mark and 4 batting points mainly due to championship debutant Henry Thompson with 34.

Notts had to bat for 15 mins and Cheetham and Newby made the most of it, dismissing the Notts openers for 13 before the close.

Report: 2nd day -  Lancashire continued to make inroads into the Notts batting order with 3 wickets in rhe first 8 overs of the day, leaving the visitors 50-3. They recovered to 118 before Simon Kerrigan struck with 2 wickets before lunch, leaving them 137-7. Kerrigan took the last 3 wickets but not before Notts added a further 127 for the last 3 wickets.The home side scored at 4 an over up to the close but at the cost of 6 wickets, Lancs are leading by 195 with a day to go.

Report: 3rd day - Resuming on 139-6, Lancs lost both overnight batsmen in the first 10 overs: Kerrigan for 22 and Thompson for 11.  Procter came out with a runner (Agathangelou) and he and Scott Stanworth took the score to 198-8 at lunch. Stanworth, then Procter, fell soon after lunch  All out for 212 and setting Notts a target of 269 from 56 overs, Lancashire's luck with the weather finally ran out and rain made sure no further play was possible.

Lancashire v Northants, 2ndXI Championship, Alderley Edge,  12-14 July
Lancashire won by 2 wkts
Toss: Northants

Northants 1st innings  232 all out (76.2 overs) Kerrigan 4-34, Lilley 3-42
Lancashire 1st innings 272 all out (82.5 overs) Horton 64, Chilton 85, Newby 37
Northants 2nd innings 338-8 dec (105.5 overs) Lilley 3-99, Kerrigan 3-98
Lancashire 2nd innings 302-8 (60.5 overs) Hogg 63, Agathangelou 62, Horton 52, Newby 51

Points: Lancashire 23, Northants 6

Team: Oliver Newby (capt), Paul Horton, Mark Chilton, Andrea Agathangelou, Kyle Hogg, Louis Bentley, Dan Pawson (wkt), Arron Lilley, Stephen Cheetham, Nicky Caunce, Simon Kerrigan, Tom Bailey.

Report: 1st day-Northants won the toss and elected to bat in overcast conditions. Lancashire quickly took advantage with two wickets, one each for Kyle Hogg and Steven Cheetham leaving the visitors at 11-2.  Kerrigan in his 2nd over removed Mal Loye for 10 , stumped by Dan Pawson, and then struck again in his next over, Oliver Newby taking a sharp catch at leg slip, to leave Northants 80 for 4. which became 119-4 by lunch.

Kerrigan struck again on the resumption to remove Newton for 80, then Lilley joined in on a spinning wicket with 2 wickets in 2 overs, to make it 171-7, and Northants were eventually all out for 232 at tea.

Lancashire started cautiously and were 10 -1 after 6 overs, but Paul Horton accelerated the score before being caught at cover for 64. Chilton and Hogg advanced the score without any alarms to 104 - 2 at close.

2nd day - Lancashire lost Hogg early in the day, playing on trying to force the pace, for 18. Louis Bentley added a run a ball 24, then Newby joined Chilton in adding  71 before Chilton fell just before lunch for an important 85. Lancashire lost wickets quickly after lunch but moved the score onto 272 , a lead of 40.

There seemed to be very little in the wicket for the seamers as Northants moved on to 87 for 0 at tea, but that all changed after the break. The two spinners, bowling lots of overs, worked their way steadi;y through the line-up. A total of 45 overs were bowled in the last session, and both Kerrigan and Lilley took 3 wickets each, Lilley with a wicket in the last over of the day. Northants lead by 186 runs with 4 wickets left.

3rd day - Northants lost just 2 wickets in the morning session, declaring at 338-8 at lunch. That left Lancashire chasing 299 runs to win  in two sessions. Agathangelou and Horton started well putting on 110 for the first wicket before Agathangelou fell for 62 in the 21st over. Three wickets in the next 8 overs put Lancashire in trouble at 147 – 4 at tea, but Hogg and Newby revived the run chase with 73 for the 5th wicket.

Hogg fell for 63 in the over before the last hour was called with Lancashire on 220-5, which left 78 required from the last 16 overs. Newby with the help of Kerrigan and Pawson took the score to 253-7 with 9 overs to go. Newby went for 51 with 35 runs added for the 8th wicket.

10 runs were required from 2 overs remaining, but Lilley's boundary off the last ball of the 15th over meant 5 runs were required off the last. Tom Bailey unfurled a great cover drive to win the game with a boundary and Lancashire were home with one ball to spare. 
Darrin White

MCC Universities v Lancashire, 2ndXI Championship, Racecourse, Durham,  29 June-1 July
Match Drawn
Toss: Lancashire
Lancashire 1st innings 315 all out (84.3 overs) Clark 102, Newby 92, Perry 61
MCC Univs 1st innings 355 all out (102.2 overs) Newby 3-85, Bailey 2-18
Lancashire 2nd innings 282-7 dec (84.5 overs) Newby 77, Bentley 52, Davies 38
MCC Univs 2nd innings: 102-4 (31 overs) Cheetham 2-39

Points: MCC Universities 11, Lancashire 10

Team: Oliver Newby capt, Andrea Agathangelou, Luke Perry, Louis Bentley, Alex Davies (wkt), Dan Pawson, Tom Bailey, Arron Lilley, Gavin Griffiths, Stephen Cheetham, Jordan Clark (Liam Livingstone), Simon Kerrigan

Report: 1st day-Lancashire lost two early wickets to be 44 for 2 before Jordan Clark joined Luke Perry in an excellent parnership. Perry batted solidly for his 61 and was out in the over before lunch. Clark reached his century in just 133 balls but was caught behind from a top edge for 102. Oliver Newby recorded his 2nd highest score for the 2nd XI , last man out for 92.
Captain Newby then struck in the 3rd over but the attack were unable to take any more wickets before the close. Kerrigan and Clark leave after day 2 to link up with the first team squad, with Liam Livingstone joining the side.

2nd day-The University side started well, scoring at 7 an over before wickets for Newby and Griffiths slowed the rate . The introduction of spin from Kerrigan and Lilley slowed the scoring, but at lunch the home side had moved onto 215 for 5. Following the break, the Universities looked to attack again in the shape of ex Lancs Academy player Louis Reece who made 84 before falling lbw to Cheetham. Although Newby took a wicket in the next over , Lancs were unable to take another wicket for the last bonus point. The re-introduction of Tom Bailey wrapped up the innings with 2 wickets in two overs.

Lancashire started positively but lost the wickets of Adrian Agathangelou and Luke Perry, followed by Jordan Clark in between rain breaks, to be 63 for 3. Louis Bentley and Alex Davies batted faultlessly to take the score to 101 for 3 at close.

3rd day - Bentley made 52 before falling next ball in the 9th over of the day. Newby joined Davies and they added 55 for the 5th wicket, Davies 38, to put Lancs 176-5 a lead of 136. Newby passed 1,000 career runs on his way to another half century and was last man out for 77.

The declaration set the Universities 243 runs in a minimum 34 overs. Cheetham had opener Ackland caught by Agathangelou at 2nd slip and at tea the Universities were 24 for 1 after 10 overs. Two wickets in 3 overs after tea, one each for Cheetham and Bailey reduced the home side to 37 for 3. Griffiths, with the wicket of Reece, made it 86 for 4 but with 28 overs gone the teams shook hands at 5.20 match drawn.

Darrin White

Derbyshire v Lancashire, 2ndXI Championship, Derby, 20-22 June
Lancashire won by 138 runs
Toss: Lancashire

Lancashire 1st innings 249 all out (82.5 overs) Perry 49, Davies 41
Derbyshire 1st innings195 all out (44.3 overs) Cheetham 5-64, Newby 3-75
Lancashire 2nd innings 317-6 dec (79.5 overs) Agathangelou 153, Parry 104*
Derbyshire 2nd innings 233 all out (77.4 overs) Parry 6-49

Points: Derbyshire 5 Lancashire 22   

Team: Stephen Parry (capt), Andrea Agathangelou, Luke Perry, Louis Bentley, Jordan Clark, Alex Davies (wkt), Oliver Newby, Dan Pawson, Arron Lilley, Steven Cheetham, Gavin Griffiths, Rob Woolley
Report-1st day: Lancashire won the toss and batted on a used pitch. Just about everyone got starts but were unable to go on to post a big score, Luke Perry top scoring with 49 and a useful cotribution from Alex Davies with 41.
Lancashire then took early wickets when the hosts batted, with Oliver Newby claiming three, leaving Derbyshire 34 for 4. Needham and Poynton batted through to the close, Derbyshire finishing on 100 for 4.
2nd day: Cheetham struck in the 7th over of the morning, claiming Needham caught behind. He went on to claim 3 more wickets-all bowled-to record his 5th five-wicket haul for the 2nd team. From 146 for 8, Palladino with some late hitting took the score to 195.
In their second innings, Lancashire had reached 84 for 3, before a big partnership between Andrea Agathangelou and Stephen Parry added 178 for the 4th wicket before Agathangelou fell lbw for 153.  Parry batted on to reach his first century for the second team in the last over of the day, Lancashire finishing on 317 for 6, a lead of 371.

3rd day-Lancashire declared overnight with one eye on the weather, with rain forcast during the day.
Newby took an early wicket but Derbyshire took the score to 103 for at lunch. Redfern (a replacement for Needham) finally fell to Parry (caught and bowled) to make, Derbyshire 172 for 3.
Rain just after the lunch and tea breaks had taken 14 overs from the days play, but the spinners made light of this delay with Lilley and Parry both having taken 2 wickets by tea to leave Derbyshire on 196 for 6.
Parry took one more wicket before the last hour was called, and Lancashire used up 8 of the final 16 overs, with Parry cleaning up to finish with another career best, this time with tha ball 6 for 49. Lancashire won by 138 runs to claim 22 points from the game.
Darrin White

Leicestershire v Lancashire, 2ndXI Championship, Leicester Ivanhoe CC, 11-13 May
Leicestershire won by an innings and 57 runs
Toss: Leicestershire

Leicestershire 1st innings: 448-2 dec (104 overs) Boyce 201, Codd 208*
Lancashire 1st innings: 138 all out (44.4 overs) Clark 47, Radford 4-41, Hawley 4-37
Lancashire 2nd innings (following on) 253 all out (79.2 overs) Clark 122*, Perry 33, Naik 6-101

Points: Leicestershire 24, Lancashire 0

Team; Stephen Parry (capt), Andrea Agathangelou (wkt), Louis Bentley, Jordan Clark, Luke Perry, Dan Pawson (wkt), Simon Kerrigan, Tom Bailey, Liam Watkinson, Nicky Caunce, Stephen Cheetham.

Report -Day 1: The Lancashire bowlers toiled against a very strong Leicestershire batting side using several members of the current first team. In overcast conditions the first wicket fell with the score on 36, but that was the last success Lancashire had until Andrea Agathangelou dismissed Cobb just before the end of play. Both Cobb and opening batsman Boyce scored double centuries, and in doing so set a new 2ndXI record partnership for the 2nd wicket adding 402.

Day 2: Leicestershire declared at their overnight score, but Lancashire failed to capitalise on a good wicket. Bowled out in 44.4 overs for 138 before tea, only Jordan Clark put up any real resistance with 47. Following on, with a difficult task of saving the game, the batsmen fared better with Jordan Clark 67 not out at the close and Luke Perry making 33. It was a rain interupted 3rd session which ended at 7.45pm with Lancashire on 147-4 still 163 behind.

Day 3: The game ended in the last over before lunch with Leicestershire winning comprehensively by an innings and 57 runs.  Jordan Clark (122no) continued his good form to hold up the home side, while off spinner Jiagar Naik did the damage taking 6-101 in 36.2 overs.

Lancashire v Worcestershire, 2ndXI Championship, Nantwich, 4-6 May
Lancashire won by 178 runs
Toss:  Lancashire
Lancashire 1st innings 460-6 dec (100.3 overs) Bentley 168, Parry 77, Agathangelou 56, Perry 52, Pawson 47, Davies 33
Worcestershire 1st innings 249 all out (71 overs) Taj 73, Jones 72*, Cheetham 4-69, Lilley 4-49
Lancashire 2nd innings: 152-9 dec (39 overs) Agathangelou 36, Cheetham 27
Worcestershire 2nd innings: 185 all out (45 overs) Killbee 56, Parry 5-25, Griffiths 3-28 

Points Lancashire 24, Worcestershire 4

Team:  Andrea Agathangelou (capt), Tom Bailey, Louis Bentley, Nick Caunce, Steven Cheetham, Alex Davies (wkt), Gavin Griffiths, Arron Lilley, Muhammad Abid, Dan Pawson, Stephen Parry, Luke Perry

Report - Day 1: Having won the toss the Lancashire batsmen dominated a Worcestershire attack that, by the end of the day, had used 9 bowlers. Andrea Agathangelou (56) and  Luke Perry (52) put together a century partnership before both fell before the end of the 20th over.

This brought Louis Bentley and Stephen Parry together who proceeded to hit the ball to all parts of the Nantwich ground in adding 163 for the 3rd wicket. The partnership ended when Parry was run out for 77. Bentley, initially with Pawson (47), and then Davis (33), continued to dominate until he was finally caught on the boundary for a magnificent 168 containing 24 x 4's and 1x6. Lancashire declared after 100.3 overs at 460-6.
In the 35 minutes left, the Worcestershire top order was destroyed by Stephen Cheetham in a hostile opening spell of 3-8 leaving the visitors on 22-4 with a lot to do to save the game.

Day 2 - At the end of a rain affected 2nd day Lancashire were in a strong position with a lead of 292 with 7 second inning wickets remaining. The day started well for Lancashire as Stephen Cheetham and Arron Lilley both with 4 wickets had Worcester in deep trouble at 145-9. A last wicket partnership of 104 between Chris Whelan and Richard Jones held Lancashire up as the visitors eventually posted 249 all out.
Lancashire did not enforce the follow on and at  tea were 46 without loss. During the interval the rain arrived and play only resumed at 6.45pm. Eight of the 12 overs left were played before bad light halted proceedings with Lancashire on 81-3.

Day 3 - Lancashire began the day by losing five wickets in the first 11 overs to find themselves 111-8. Enter
Stephen Cheetham (27) who together with Mo Abid added a quick 41 in 7 overs to allow skipper Agathangelou to declare at 152-9, leaving Worcestershire to score 364 from a minimum of 74 overs.
The Worcestershire openers were still batting at lunch with 21 on the board. The first 11 overs after lunch followed the pattern set by Lancashire at the start of the day, with 5 wickets falling with just 29 runs added. Gavin Griffiths with 3-28 from 7 overs  was the instigator, with Stephen Parry (5-25 from10 overs) running through the lower order to give Lancashire a convincing victory.

Chris Rimmer

Lancashire v Middlesex, 2ndXI Friendly, Crosby, 18-21 April
Result  - Match Drawn
Toss:  Middlesex
Middlesex 1st innings 478-6 dec (130.4 overs) Robson 206, Kerrigan 3-116, Griffiths 1-59, Cheetham 1-72, Parry 1-98
Lancashire 1st innings 205 all out (85.2 overs) Thompson 52, Parry 48
Middlesex 2nd innings: 215-5 dec  McKiernan 3-46
Lancashire 2nd innings: 434-9 Agathangelou 148, Procter 138, Kerrigan 41. Target to win was 489

Team: Andrea Agathangelou (capt), Nick Caunce, Will Chapples, Steven Cheetham, Jordan Clark, Gavin Griffiths, Simon Kerrigan, Stephen Parry, Luke Procter, Scott Stanworth (wkt), Henry Thompson, Mattie McKiernan.

Report-Day 1
Having won the toss and electing to bat, the Middlesex openers Adam London and Sam Robson batted without mishap and at lunch had progressed to 126 without loss from 33 overs.

Stephen Parry made the breakthrough in his second over after lunch, trapping London lbw for 65. The afternoon session saw an extended spell from one end by Parry of 17-10-21-1, and at tea the Middlesex side had slowly progressed to 207 for 2.

It was Simon Kerrigan who bowled the bulk of the overs in the evening session, his 15 overs costing 36 runs with the spinner claiming 2 wickets. Gavin Griffiths was the pick of the medium/fast bowlers with1 for 32 from 14 overs, as Middlesex ended the day on 331 for 4 wickets with opener Robson still there on 144 not out.
A young Lancashire side can take heart from the way they stuck to their task and on the whole bowled and fielded well.
Day 2-Andrea Agathangelou and Henry Thompson made a slow start against some tight bowling from the experienced Middlesex attack before losing Agathangelou with the score on 40. After Procter was run out for 1, with the score on 47, Thompson and Stephen Parry made steady progress before Thompson was caught and bowled off a leading edge having scored 52. Three wickets fell late in the day leaving Lancashire with a lot to do over the next two days.

Day 3-At the end of third day, Lancashire found themselves battling to save the game after Middlesex did not enforce the follow-on. Lancashire's 1st innings ended at 205, with Stephen Cheetham 27 not out. Middlesex scored freely after lunch to declare on 215 for 5, with Mattie McKiernan 3 for 46 from 9 overs of leg spin being the best for the home team. Facing 489 to win the game the Lancashire openers Andrea Agathangelou and Henry Thompson again made a steady start before Thompson was caught for 27. Luke Procter and Agathangelou saw the day out without further loss at 90 for 1.

Day 4-After a fantastic batting performance, Lancashire came close to turning this match in their favour as captain Andrea Agathangelou (148) and Luke Procter (138) batted for two sessions in a 2nd wicket partnership of 247. With the last ball before tea Agathangelou was lbw with the score on 308.  It meant Lancashire needed 180 to win from 37 overs after tea.
Jordan Clark (26) and Procter took the score to 351 before 3 wickets fell in quick succession. Simon Kerrigan(41) took up the attack until a late flurry of wickets left Lancashire with 7 overs to bat with the last pair at the wicket. Nicky Caunce and Gavin Griffiths survived to leave Lancashire with a battling draw.
Chris Rimmer


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