Captain Stephen Parry took five wickets in the day to help Lancashire increase their stranglehold over Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities after two days of their ongoing three-day friendly at the Weetwood ground in Leeds.
The left-arm spinner, standing in for rested Glen Chapple, took three wickets in the students’ first innings as they replied to 309 with 116 all out before adding two more after enforcing the follow-on.
Leeds/Bradford had made a steady start to their second innings either side of tea, reaching 84-1 in the 32nd over.
But, having seen Gavin Griffiths strangle Henry Thompson down the leg-side for 30, Parry struck twice in four balls to leave them at 84-3. He trapped Jonathon Webb and Will Vanderspar lbw for 26 and nought respectively.
They closed the day on 139-3 from 54 overs, a deficit of 54 runs. Opener Nick Gubbins and Luis Reece added an unbroken 55 inside 23 overs for the fourth wicket, and they will begin tomorrow’s final day on 40 and 32 not out respectively.
Earlier, Parry had trapped Andy Laws lbw and bowled tail-enders James Lee and Zafir Patel to wrap up Leeds/Bradford’s first innings midway through the afternoon after they had started the day on 11-3. He finished with 3-28 from 14 overs.
“We’ve still got a lot of work to do in the morning,” said Parry, who finished the day with second-innings figures of 2-32 from 16 as well. “It is spinning, but because the wicket’s slow, it’s quite hard to get people out. It’s a good challenge for us.
“What is good is that a guy like Kabs is getting a full day under his belt and guys are getting rewarded with some good performances that they can take into the rest of the Championship season.”
Lancashire all-rounder Reece, captaining the hosts, top-scored with a well made 41 before falling lbw as he played back to Andrea Agathangelou (2-16 from nine) in the first innings.
There was further encouragement for Kabir Ali in his bid to put himself in contention for next week’s LV= County Championship match against Essex at Chelmsford following two months out with a knee injury.
He bowled three spells of eight overs, six and four at the start of the day, the start of the second innings and inside the final hour of play.
The 32-year-old former England man finished with 3-21 from 12 overs in the first innings. Having got Gubbins late on day one, he had Vanderspar caught at second slip by Agathangelou and bowled Webb as the hosts slipped to 32-5.
Lancashire were made to work harder for their wickets in the second innings.
Lancashire had to do without Oliver Newby for the majority of the day due to a groin strain, and the conditions for batting got easier.
The students were boosted by the unbeaten fourth-wicket stand and earlier partnerships of 47 and 37 for the first and second wickets.
“It was a big day for Kabs. I thought he bowled excellent today,” added Parry. “He’s got through a good number of overs, which is good to see. Hopefully he’ll pull up nicely tomorrow. You can see by the way he performed today that he’s a massive asset to us. He’s a really good bowler.”