Dan Douthwaite, Callum Taylor frustrate Lancashire with doughty show for Glamorgan
Pair submit contrasting half-centuries on chastening day for the Pink Rose, who nonetheless path by 322
Lancashire 22 for 0 path Glamorgan 344 (Lloyd 78, Douthwaite 61, Taylor 58) by 322 runs
It has been a chastening day for the Pink Rose, with Labour struggling humbling defeats throughout the nation as outcomes trickled in from Thursday’s elections. It is going to be mid-afternoon on Saturday earlier than it turns into clear whether or not the identical is true in Manchester, as Andy Burnham discovers if he’ll proceed as town’s mayor; one suspects he would fortunately settle for an analogous end result to the one doubtless at Emirates Previous Trafford, the place Lancashire ought to retain their place as Group Three leaders within the County Championship regardless of being annoyed by Glamorgan’s resolve.
Rain has already had a major affect on this match, with the primary 4 periods missing any sense of rhythm or movement, and is ready to wipe the third day trip altogether. Consequently, Lancashire wanted to run via the decrease order after lowering Glamorgan to 153 for five after which 190 for six on Friday morning if that they had any practical likelihood of forcing a win, however they had been held up by the doughty efforts of Dan Douthwaite and Callum Taylor, who made contrasting half-centuries and ensured a first-innings whole of 344.
Glamorgan are a workforce stuffed with batters who would ideally are available at No. 6, and whereas which may be damning on some members of their center order, it additionally means a powerful degree of batting depth. Douthwaite, specifically, appears to be like a much better participant than each his function at No. 8 and his middling first-class report may need you assume, and he made batting appear remarkably simple throughout an innings of 61 off 104 balls.
Douthwaite’s methodology is uncomplicated: he’s watchful towards good lengths, however punishes something overpitched or too quick. He took a selected curiosity in Luke Wooden, twice urgent him for 4 via mid-off and pulling him for six over sq. leg, and twice clubbed Matt Parkinson again over his head for six. Douthwaite’s success since signing his contract early within the 2019 season is a reminder of the worth of the MCCU (now UCCE) system: however for his runs and wickets towards Glamorgan whereas learning for a sports activities administration diploma at Cardiff Met, he could by no means have turned professional.
He scored three-quarters of the runs in an 81-run stand with Taylor for the seventh wicket, which demoralised Lancashire’s assault as they waited for the brand new ball to reach. Taylor, a Newport-born strokemaker who struck 106 off 94 balls on first-class debut final summer season, has an impish method about him, however was comfortable to bide his time throughout a restrained innings of 58 that lasted greater than three hours.
Each males had been ultimately trapped leg-before towards the brand new ball, and regardless of Timm van der Gugten’s greatest efforts to smite fast runs from No. 11, Glamorgan fell six runs in need of a fourth batting level. Each dismissed batter made double figures, although solely David Lloyd threatened to achieve three.
There was a quick harm scare for Saqib Mahmood in mid-afternoon, as he left the sector two balls into an over with a left ankle criticism. Josh Bohannon completed his over and had Chris Cooke caught at gully with the third ball he bowled, however Mahmood was match sufficient to bowl once more after tea. “Pretty sore” was his analysis of the harm on the shut, as he ready to have it iced by the physio, however Lancashire have every week off following this recreation which can give him the prospect to relaxation it. The membership have employed a rotation coverage in any case, with Tom Bailey lacking out on this fixture.
James Anderson, in his first outing of the season, bowled 11 overs on prime of the 13 he had managed on the primary day, and figures of three for 40 had been testomony to his management of line and size. After dismissing Marnus Labuschagne on Thursday, he trapped Root lbw early within the piece; that it was Billy reasonably than Joe means no bragging rights within the England dressing room.
Lancashire had been left with the prospect of a clumsy 18 overs to face because the solar went down behind the manifestly empty momentary stand, and it took each ounce of Alex Davies’ and Keaton Jennings’ resolve to make sure they reached the shut unscathed.
On the BBC’s protection of final weekend’s World Championship closing, Stephen Hendry described Mark Selby as a “snooker vampire” who “sucks all the life and adrenaline out of you”. The identical is true of Michael Neser, the Australian seamer on Glamorgan debut, whose six overs with the brand new ball yielded a solitary run and drew loads of curiosity from the slip cordon as Jennings left on size and performed inside the road.
As Davies defended cautiously into the off facet shortly earlier than the shut, a cry went up within the press field from an acquaintance of the ward’s victorious Labour candidate: “I can’t believe it; we’ve won West Didsbury!” There can be trigger for comparable commotion if Lancashire can defy the climate and power one other Pink Rose win this weekend.
Matt Curler is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98