Lancashire’s bowlers hauled their team back into the match on the second day in Abu Dhabi as they reduced MCC to 81 for eight in their second innings after they themselves had been bowled out for 199 earlier in the day.
Resuming on 38 for two, the county champions lost night-watchman Gary Keedy without adding to their overnight score, but Karl Brown and Luke Procter (18) steadied the ship with a fourth-wicket stand of 43 before the former fell as one of Rana Naved-ul-Hasan’s three victims for 39.
Steven Croft (4) and Tom Smith (10) didn’t contribute much to the total before falling to Lewis Gregory (two for 29) and Gareth Batty (two for 48) respectively, and it was left to an eighth-wicket partnership of 54 between Gareth Cross (30) and Glen Chapple (42 not out) to add an air of respectability to proceedings.
So, after conceding a first-innings lead of 67, Lancashire’s bowlers knew that they had to make early inroads, which they did to devastating effect. Sajid Mahmood took the first two MCC wickets to fall – including that of skipper Mark Ramprakash for six – with only 10 on the board, before Stephen Peters (28) and Hamish Marshall (31) added 46 for the third wicket.
Marshall’s dismissal to Glen Chapple then triggered something of a collapse as Tom Smith (two for six) and the irrepressible Simon Kerrigan (three for 28) sparked something of a goldrush for the Lancastrians. The duo combined to take five MCC wickets for the addition of only 13 runs as they struggled to stumps on 81 for eight – a lead of only 148 runs.
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