Lancashire fight back against Hampshire

LV County Championship Division One, The Rose Bowl
Close, day one: Lancashire 328 v Hampshire
Hants 3pts, Lancs 3pts
Match scorecard
Hampshire appeal for lbw against Gareth Cross
Hampshire appeal for lbw against Lancashire wicketkeeper Gareth Cross

Hampshire captain Dominic Cork took four wickets but some late-order resistance helped Lancashire share the first-day spoils at The Rose Bowl.

Cork (4-78) and David Griffiths (3-82) had the visitors struggling on 196-6, despite a century stand between Karl Brown (96) and Steven Croft (37).

But after Gareth Cross made 28, Kyle Hogg (38) and Saj Mahmood (32) shared an eighth-wicket stand of 68.

They both fell to Kabir Ali (2-79) as Lancashire were bowled out for 328.

After former Lancashire man Cork won the toss, he and Griffiths made the most of a green-tinged wicket to remove Paul Horton, Stephen Moore and Mark Chilton in the morning session.

Croft then accompanied Brown for 30 overs as conditions eased, but they were parted when Croft was given out lbw sweeping the left-arm spin of Danny Briggs.

Brown top-edged a pull to wicketkeeper Nic Pothas off Cork, who then had Tom Smith caught at second slip, Lancashire looked to be in trouble.

But, after Kabir had Cross caught by Pothas from another mis-timed pull shot, Hogg and Mahmood combined for their important partnership.

Griffiths returned to bowl Mahmood and Kabir had Hogg lbw but even then the Lancashire resistance was not over.

Last-wicket pair Gary Keedy and Oliver Newby put on 32 to earn the visitors a third batting point, before Cork pinned Keedy leg before.


BBC Radio Lancashire's Liam Bradford:

"Lancashire have been put under pressure here. Asked to bat on a green wicket, a hard and gritty performance means they have ended the day with three batting points and a competitive total on the board.

"Tomorrow could be interesting. If the pitch retains some of the characteristics it's displayed today, the Lancashire bowlers might have as much fun as Cork and Kabir.

"If this one finishes inside four days it will be well deserved."

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