Strugglers Hampshire punish Lancashire

Smith - massive knock

Smith - massive knock

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Will Smith completed his first century of the season and reached 146 at lunch – as Hampshire continued to pile on the runs against Lancashire at the Ageas Bowl.

Smith, who was unbeaten on 99 overnight, firmly cut the first delivery of the morning to the boundary to reach a deserve hard worked three figures

The ton came in 285 balls, and despite the occasional boundary, looked in no mood to up his run-rate – leading the home side to 391 for four at lunch.

Lancashire, who had plugged away with little reward on the first day had three wickets to celebrate.

Tom Alsop was lbw to Tom Smith without adding to his overnight 50, and then Liam Dawson reached 20 before his off stump was knocked out the ground by Jordan Clark.

Adam Wheater danced to 29 before he drove Simon Kerrigan to a stretching Steven Croft at cover.