Four wickets apiece for Oliver Newby and Sajid Mahmood were the standout performances for Lancashire during the second day of their first-class match against the students of Oxford University at the Parks ground today.
The Red Rose county were frustrated by a superb century from home captain Ed Young, the 21 year-old right-hander who is on the professional staff with Division Two county Gloucestershire.
Young’s 133 off 179 balls ensured his side recovered well from early morning strife at 43-4, with three of those falling to Newby on his competitive return from his cruciate knee ligament injury.
The students, responding to Lancashire’s first day 369, were finally bowled out for 244 half an hour before close.
And, with a lead of 125, Karl Brown and Andrea Agathangelou took the second innings score to 22-0 after six overs. The pair will return to the crease for tomorrow’s final day with a lead of 147.
Newby finished with figures of 4-63 from 16 overs before Mahmood claimed three of the last four wickets to fall to finish with 4-32 from 14.3 on a pitch that first day centurion Mark Chilton said had something in it for the bowlers, yet was good to bat on.
“Everybody’s got a decent bowl today,” said coach Peter Moores. “With more or less a lead of 150 going into the final day, it’s a good position to be in. It will be a good chance for us to have a bat and then a little go at them with the ball later on.”
The bad news of the day was a suspected quad muscle tear in his leg for all-rounder Kyle Hogg, who limped off after bowling two overs.
Moores does not know the exact extent of the injury, but his player will not take any further part in the game and is expected to take up to a week to recover. That immediately places a doubt on his participation in the LV= County Championship opener against Sussex on Friday.
Captain Glen Chapple struck in the first over of the day when he had Sam Agarwal caught by Brown at first slip for a duck.
And before the end of the 18th over, they were in major trouble because Newby had both Richard Coughtrie and Neil Kruger caught by Agathangelou at second slip and Rajiv Sharma caught behind by Gareth Cross.
But Young and Ben Williams steadied the ship with a fifth wicket stand of 64 in 22 overs, then Young and Charlie Walker (26) added 85 for the sixth wicket inside 28.
“With each spell at Beckenham last week I thought Olly looked better and better,” continued Moores. “What he’s done here is to get the ball in good areas, he’s got it to move sideways a little more and he bowled some good, wicket-taking balls.”
Agathangelou took his third catch, and Mahmood his first wicket, to help dismiss Williams whilst posted at second slip during the afternoon session.
Young brought up his 50 with six fours and a straight six off the left-arm spin of Simon Kerrigan before notching his maiden ton with a fine on-drive off Newby during the first over after the tea break.
Newby got his fourth in the 68th over when he had Walker caught behind by Gareth Cross before substitute fielder Steven Cheetham pouched a fine catch at mid-off to get rid of Marc Milligan off the bowling of Kerrigan four and a half overs later.
Young, who hit 17 fours and a six in total, provided Agathangelou with his fourth catch when he edged Mahmood to second slip again in the 82nd over – the second with the new ball.
Mahmood bowled Conway before he had Don Gordon well pouched at third slip by Steven Croft to polish off the innings.
Moores said: “I thought Saj would have a lot better about himself after today because he looked in really good rhythm. But it was a good opportunity for everyone. It was nice to see Chappie get a run out too.”
Moores was also delighted with his side’s first day batting effort when Mark Chilton scored 117. He added: “Batting wise, to have somebody going on and getting a hundred was really good. It was a tough wicket to bat on because it seamed. Had it been a Championship game, we’d have bowled first, but it was a good test.”
Day 1 Report
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