Simon Katich injury allows Andrea Agathangelou to seize chance
Andrea Agathangelou was delighted to seize an unexpected opportunity in Lancashire's Championship Division Two fixture against Hampshire.
The 23-year-old ended day one on 93 not out as a late replacement for Simon Katich, who was hit on the head in the nets before play began.
He told BBC Radio Lancashire: "I got the shout about 25 minutes before play. It's what you wait all season for.
"It was nice to finally get a chance and it was just about taking it."
Katich, Lancashire's overseas player in 2013, was taken to hospital for tests on Thursday morning after being struck on the temple by a ball and was later discharged.
“The key was to get a start and get in. Once you got in, it became a lot easier”
Agathangelou, who was born in South Africa, but takes his Cypriot nationality from his father, had made just three previous Championship appearances for the Red Rose with a highest score of 24, but did not waste his latest opportunity.
After starting brightly, Lancashire lost four middle-order wickets for 18 runs, but Agathangelou and veteran captain Glen Chapple held firm and steered the visitors to 252-9 at the close.
"The key was to get a start and get in. Once you got in, it became a lot easier," he added.
"We would have liked to have had a few more wickets in the bank and bat big first time, but from where we were, the lads deserve a big pat on the back. They've done really well to pull through."