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Steven Croft anchors Lancashire reply in tense encounter

Lancashire 280 for 9 (Croft 90, Norwell 4-78) path Warwickshire 292 (Hain 130, D Lamb 3-43, Balderson 3-68) by 12 runs

Steven Croft ended his latest Warwickshire hoodoo to guide Lancashire’s defiance on the second day of an absorbing LV=Insurance coverage County Championship match at Edgbaston.

Croft’s earlier three red-ball innings towards the Bears had introduced simply three runs, however his gritty 90 (183 balls, ten fours, one six) led his facet to 280 for 9 in reply to 292.

On an intensely aggressive, hard-fought day, Lancashire’s first innings was a mirror picture of Warwickshire’s the day earlier than. The place Sam Hain’s century had underpinned the house facet’s batting with solely sporadic help, Croft fashioned an analogous spine for the Purple Rose with equally bit-part contributions from his colleagues.

Liam Norwell, enjoying his first sport again after damage, led the Bears’ bowling with 4 for 78.

With Lancashire 12 runs behind with one first-innings wicket left, the match may hardly be extra finely poised on the midway level.

Having bowled Warwickshire out within the penultimate over of the primary day, Lancashire launched their innings in the beginning of the second and misplaced Keaton Jennings, caught behind off Olly Hannon-Dalby, to the seventeenth ball.

Norwell took the subsequent two wickets. Josh Bohannon edged a drive and was nicely held by Will Rhodes excessive at third slip after which Luke Wells (36, 87 balls) mishooked to mid off.

Croft took root although and added 69 in 15 overs with Dane Vilas (37, 51 balls). The latter appeared in good nick however stalked off the sphere in an state of angst having been adjudged caught by Hain at leg slip off spinner Danny Briggs. Lancashire’s captain evidently felt that he didn’t hit the ball – video proof recommended he could have had a degree.

Rob Jones (28, 67 balls) helped assemble one other half-century stand with Croft however then mispulled Henry Brookes to mid-on. Jones thereby joined the prolonged listing on this sport of batters to get in then get out, as did George Balderson (19, 35) when he chipped Rhodes to additional cowl.

That left Lancashire on 226 for six with a brand new ball due. Danny Lamb twice pulled it into the Hollies Stand off Norwell however the paceman obtained his revenge by way of an edge to first slip.

Norwell then flattened Tom Bailey’s off stump earlier than, simply as Hain had been uprooted proper on the finish of the primary day, Croft fell, edging the deserving Brookes to first slip, simply because the Bears groundstaff had been on the point of put the cat out.

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