County Championship: Joe Weatherley hits ton as Lancs draw with Hampshire

Hampshire's Joe Weatherley plays a sweep shot
Joe Weatherley is expected to play in Hampshire's One-Day Cup final against Kent at Lord's on Saturday
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Emirates Old Trafford (day four):
Hampshire 451 & 237-5 dec: Weatherley 126*; Clark 2-18
Lancashire 411: Vilas 134, Davies 115; Abbott 3-89
Lancashire (11 pts) drew with Hampshire (10 pts)

Hampshire batted out the final day of their match against Lancashire to secure a draw at Old Trafford.

Resuming their second innings on 66-2, 106 ahead, the visitors made slow progress and decided against chasing quick runs to set up a declaration.

Joe Weatherley (126 no) made a maiden first-class hundred off 211 balls.

Jordan Clark (2-18) took two of the three wickets to fall on day four, which was brought to an early conclusion with Hampshire on 237-5.

Both teams have won only one of their first eight Championship matches, although their draw leaves both just outside the bottom two places - which are filled by Worcestershire and Yorkshire.

Hampshire face Kent in the One-Day Cup final at Lord's on Saturday.

Lancashire coach Glen Chapple:

"The wicket held up better than I expected. The lads fought really hard over four days and got themselves into a position to put Hampshire under pressure. Dane Vilas and Alex Davies batted really well, Jordan Clark as well.

"Joe Mennie was a loss. He's been one of our best bowlers this season. But he's now been given the all clear and has been training.

"Jordan played the third seamer's role very well and enjoyed the extra responsibility. Bunny and Bails worked unbelievably hard and showed a lot of enthusiasm.

"I really feel for Has (Haseeb Hameed) at the moment. He's been working hard in the nets and he's been playing well. There's going to be mental challenges after the start he's had but we encourage him to keep working hard."

Hampshire batsman Joe Weatherley:

"We still had a job to do in the morning and we just wanted to put the game to bed. If we lost a few a few wickets with Bailey and Onions bowling, then who knows what could've happened.

"I needed to be selfish - grind it out and finish not out. I was determined when I was on 50 or 60 to make it a hundred and finish not out.

"It's hard opening the batting in red-ball cricket. It's been great to do it with Jimmy Adams, who has been doing it for so many years.

"For me I've been trying to push that first Lord's final to the back of my mind. I'm looking forward to it but also these Championship games are important."

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