Centurions Danny Lamb, Luke Wood put Lancashire in command with record partnership


Pair put on 187 for eighth wicket before Wood’s three wickets leave Kent battling to avoid follow-on

Kent 85 for 4 (Crawley 60*, Wood 3-23) trail Lancashire 525 (Lamb 125, Wood 119, Bohannon 87, Vilas 53) by 440 runs

A record-breaking eighth-wicket stand by centurions Danny Lamb and Luke Wood put Lancashire in a dominant position at stumps on day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship match with Kent at Canterbury.

Both batsmen hit career-best innings before the visitors were finally dismissed for 525. Lamb made a flamboyant 125 and Wood produced a composed and almost chanceless 119 as they put on 187 for the eighth wicket, a Lancashire record and a record for the St Lawrence ground.

Wood then took 3 for 23 as Kent slumped to 85 for 4 in reply and they trail by 440 in their Group Three fixture, despite an aggressive 60 not out from England’s Zak Crawley.

A day from purgatory for the hosts began when the first ball, from Matt Milnes, thumped into Lamb’s pads. A loud shout for lbw was turned down and it all was downhill from there for Kent as Wood and Lamb were largely untroubled, adding 90 runs before lunch.

Lancashire’s dominance continued through the afternoon session, Wood cutting Joe Denly for four to bring up his second red-ball century and Lamb reverse-sweeping the same bowler for boundaries twice in an over.

When Milnes did draw an edge from Wood he was dropped by Crawley at slip, but he finally had him caught behind in his next over. Lamb then brought up his century with a six over long on but he was eventually bowled by Fred Klaassen.

Tom Bailey added a quickfire 47 before he was caught by Crawley off Jack Leaning, leaving Matt Parkinson unbeaten on one.

Kent’s reply started in gruesome fashion when Bailey had Jordan Cox caught behind for nought off the fifth legitimate ball of the innings and Wood then removed Daniel Bell-Drummond, who was caught for three by a diving Luke Wells at third slip.

Four overs later Wells caught Denly for four off Wood, leaving Kent reeling on 23 for 3 and, despite a partial recovery with a stand of 53 by Crawley and Leaning, Wood had the latter caught for 12 at square leg by the sub, Jack Blatherwick.

Heino Kuhn joined Crawley and survived a dicey 35 balls to reach one not out at the close of play, but Kent will have to improve drastically to avoid following on.

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