Lancashire dominated a shortened second day of their LV= County Championship match against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl today, with Andrea Agathangelou completing a maiden hundred in this competition.
The Cypriot number five, 23-years-old, moved from 93 not out to 121 as the Red Rose posted what looks to be a competitive first-innings score of 295 before restricting the hosts to 7-1 from eight overs at lunch. There was no play in the final two sessions due to rain.
Agathangelou hit 17 fours and a six in 208 balls at the crease, and he was the last man out when run out by Danny Briggs close in on the leg-side in the 99th over.
It was a rare error of judgement from either himself or last man Simon Kerrigan during an excellent innings-high partnership of 70 in 22 overs.
Agathangelou had reached his hundred off 176 balls with 14 fours when he guided left-arm seamer James Tomlinson wide of the slips for three runs shortly before a brief stoppage for rain at 264-9.
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Lancashire added 43 runs today, including three fours for Agathangelou. It was just a shame the visitors fell five runs short of a third batting bonus point.
“Aggers played excellently. It's a good pitch, and we were disappointed with our innings. We felt we could have got 400 on there. But that always takes a lot of doing,” said captain Glen Chapple. “He stepped it up and paced his innings well towards the end. He held us together.
"He just seemed very positive and confident, which is the kind of individual he is. And he went for it. He's been playing very well by all accounts in the second team, and he was confident he could take his chance.”
Chapple also reserved praise for last man Kerrigan: “Keggy’s ambitious. He doesn’t want to bat at number 11. He works hard at his game. I don’t want to bat 10 and Hoggy probably doesn’t want to bat nine. We’re determined that whenever there’s a batsman in, we’ll try and help him out because he’s worked hard for us throughout the day. Keggsy did that superbly.”
There was enough help off the pitch for Hampshire seamers Tomlinson and David Balcombe, who finished with 5-104 from 26 overs, and Red Rose opening bowlers Chapple and Kyle Hogg.
The visiting new ball pair equally shared four maidens to start the innings, with Hogg trapping captain Jimmy Adams lbw as he played to leg with the penultimate ball of the fourth over, leaving the score at 0-1.
Michael Carberry and Liam Dawson are the not out batsmen ahead of tomorrow’s third day.
“We are satisfied with our first innings score, and to get them 7-1 is a good effort. We just hope it's a bit warmer and the ball will swing around a bit. We want to make early inroads and create pressure in that way,” added Chapple.
Photo (c) Simon Pendrigh