Scotland A v Lancashire 2XI

02 Sep

Scorecard HERE

With a lead of 248, the Lancashire batsmen made a positive start on the final days play in Blackpool.

Jones was the mainstay for Lancs and would complete a fantastic 100 from 120 balls, which signalled the home sides declaration setting Scotland A 367 to win from 73 overs.

The Scots lost Gardiner and Mommsen inside the first 3 overs of the chase on 12 for 2.

The Lancashire bowlers Luis Reece and Saqib Mahmood continued to trouble the batsmen who had no answer to them and after 11 overs each they had reduced Scotland to 65 for 6 with Mahmood taking 4 wickets including 2 in 2 balls.

Following Mahmood’s wicked spell of bowling, the Scots eventually fell 213 runs short of the target, despite a defiant 48* from Safyaan Sharif. 

** Day 2

Dylan Budge struck a superb century at Blackpool CC on the second day of action in Scotland A’s fixture with Lancashire 2XI on Wednesday.

The home side had made their way to 376/9 with Saj Mahmood producing some late hitting to allow the Lancashire declaration not long into day 2.

The reply didn’t get off to the best of starts as the Scots losing Mommsen and Coetzer in the initial exchanges to leave the score on 9/2.

Budge, who is currently on Durham Academy’s books, found support in Hamish Gardiner (32) and then Richie Berrington to lay a solid foundation.

Embedded image permalinkBudge’s hard hitting innings of 105 came from just 95 deliveries (13 fours). Berrington continued to play freely, as the pair put on a 94 run partnership, taking Scotland to 200/4.

Berrington was unfortunate not to complete his century when he was clean bowled by Hayman 7 runs short of three figures.

Matthew Cross contributed a breezy 42 before the traveling Scots elected to declare on 279/6 as both teams looked for a result.

Lancs second innings started well as they increased their 97 run lead, with Dearden making 40, while captain Reece (40) also found himself in the runs.

Two wickets from Alasdair Evans and one for Mark Watt meant Lancs would finish the penultimate day on 151/3, and a lead of 248. 

**Day 1

Scotland A spent the first day in the field against Lancashire 2XI in Blackpool for their three day match, which started on Tuesday.

The home side went into bat on a firm wicket and were soon in good shape, despite Alasdair Evans’ early wicket, which clean bowled captain Reece with 19 runs on the board.

Dearden looked in good form for the Roses, scoring 60 in a 79 run partnership with Lamb, before the former fell trapped in-front, attempting to sweep a delivery from Mark Watt.

Lamb would go on to stroke a patient 103 from 260 deliveries to put Lancashire on top. Safyaan Sharif did get reward for bowling some tight lines with two outside edges to claim Lamb and Jones, with the score on 274/4.

Bohannan continued to keep the momentum going with 48, but Dylan Budge claimed three wickets for 17 runs to claim late wickets on the first day, as Lancashire closed on 360/9. 

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