On one of the most eventful days of their season Lancashire established a firm grip of their Division Two game against Hampshire at Southport and go into the third morning of the game with a 250-run lead and all their second innings wickets intact.
A good-sized crowd at Trafalgar Road saw Simon Kerrigan, who had a difficult Test debut at the Oval last week, make a career-best 62 not out and take three for 48 as Lancashire made 421 in their first innings and then dismiss Hampshire for 210, despite 22-year-old James Vince’s very classy 106.
However, Red Rose skipper Glen Chapple opted not to enforce the follow-on and Lancashire were 39 for no wicket at the close, giving them that lead of 250 at the end of a wonderful day’s cricket at Trafalgar Road.
The morning’s play was dominated by a record-breaking partnership between Chapple and Kerrigan who put on 114 for the last Lancashire wicket.
Chapple made 63 off 65 balls before he was caught by Sean Ervine off James Vince but Kerrigan was unbeaten on 62, his highest first-class score and his first half-century.
Both batsmen hit a couple of sixes as the Hampshire attack wilted under a sustained and well-judged onslaught which was hugely enjoyed by the Southport crowd. Chapple and Kerrigan’s stand occupied 112 balls and established a tenth-wicket record for matches between Lancashire and Hampshire in addition to being the tenth-highest last wicket stand in Lancashire’s history.
Although Hampshire managed to get to lunch unscathed, the afternoon session brought no relief for the visitors as Kyle Hogg claimed four wickets in a penetrative new-ball spell.
Hampshire skipper Jimmy Adams became Hogg’s fiftieth Division Two wicket of the season when he was lbw to the medium-fast seamer, who quickly added Michael Roberts, Neil McKenzie and Liam Dawson to his bag.
Ervine and Vince attempted to rebuild the innings with a 41-run stand for the fifth wicket but Chapple removed Ervine, courtesy of a sharp low slip catch by Ashwell Prince, a dismissal which saw the Lancashire skipper also reach the fifty-wicket mark in Championship cricket this summer.
Vince and Adam Wheater saw their side safely to tea on 137-5 and the afternoon was tough for Kerrigan who conceded 27 runs off four overs.
In the evening session, however, the spinner recovered much of his accuracy and loop and earned deserved rewards. He dismissed Wheater, Chris Wood and Vince, and finished with three for 21 from ten overs in his second spell. Remarkably, Kerrigan also reached the fifty-wicket mark when he had Vince caught by Chapple at mid-on to end the Hampshire innings
Hogg dismissed Hampshire debutant Matt Coles first ball and finished with 5-39 from 14 overs, his third five-wicket return of the season after another day which Lancashire supporters will cherish come the winter.
“We batted really well this morning and that gave us good momentum, “ said Hogg after the day’s play. “We then put the ball in the right areas and made it tough for them.”
“I’m not really chuffed for Simon, I’m sick of hearing about it,” he joked. “It was brilliant for him to get fifty and we’ll probably have a ball by ball account of it tonight.
“Our bowling showed that there is enough in the wicket to put them under pressure. We’ve bowled well as a unit and we said at the start of the season that if three of us get to fifty wickets we’re going to be winning a lot of games of cricket.”
“Not enforcing the follow-on gave us chance to freshen up and then we’ll ready to go again when we have to bowl in Hampshire’s second innings.“
Picture - Kyle Hogg dismisses Jimmy Adams (c) Simon Pendrigh