County Championship: Lancashire benefit as 14 wickets fall on day two against Worcs

Richard Gleeson celebrates picking up the wicket of Ed Barnard
Two wickets before the close boosted Lancashire's hopes of victory
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Emirates Old Trafford (day two):
Worcestershire 172 & 149-9: Fell 40; Gleeson 4-35
Lancashire 201: Livingstone 69, Vilas 39; Parnell 5-47; Morris 4-52
Worcestershire (3 pts) lead Lancashire (4 pts) by 120 runs

Lancashire made late breakthroughs against Worcestershire as 14 wickets fell on day two at Old Trafford.

After resuming on 88-5, Liam Livingstone (69) helped the hosts rally to 201 all out - and a lead of 29 runs - as Wayne Parnell ended with 5-47.

The Pears fell to 99-7 in their second innings before Ed Barnard (18) and Parnell (25) led a recovery.

But both players departed before stumps as Worcestershire closed on 149-9, only 120 runs ahead.

Livingstone and Dane Vilas (39) put on 98 for Lancashire's sixth wicket in the morning before Parnell removed them both and Charlie Morris (4-52) cleaned up the tail as the Red Rose county lost their final five wickets for 15 runs.

Tom Fell (40) and George Rhodes (26) were the only men in the Worcestershire top six to make double figures as the visitors struggled to build a second-innings lead.

Barnard and Parnell appeared well set in the evening session but the former was bowled by a leg-break from Livingstone and Richard Gleeson (4-35) then picked up the wicket of Parnell with the final delivery of the day.

Both sides had won their opening two Division Two matches heading into the game.

Lancs fast bowler Richard Gleeson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It's been a good day. We bowled pretty well and kept it nice and tight. But it could be a tough chase.

"There looks like there's a little bit in the wicket, and it's difficult to score if teams bowl well. We're going to have to bat well and hope they give us some bad stuff to put away.

"Running in from the Anderson End, the wind seemed to be swirling around. It was generally coming off my right shoulder, which helped me. But we all bowled well and to the plan. Graham Onions) was outstanding but he didn't get the rewards."

Pears bowling coach Alan Richardson told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"The game seems to be moving forwards quite quickly. Just looking at the surface, there's obviously been some very fine bowling on it. You look at both attacks and there's some high quality, especially with Jimmy Anderson playing.

"If you land it on the seam, it is doing enough. When batters get in, they can bat for periods of time and score quickly. But for new batters, it's quite difficult for those first 20 or 30 balls. And we always to have to believe.

"Even though it's a slim chance, we can chip away a little bit more with the bat and give ourselves something, it would be nice. Then, with the new ball, you never know. We were obviously 38-7 in the first innings, so you can always dream."

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