Danny Lamb creates history as Lancashire struggle at Worcestershire

Lancashire's Danny Lamb
Lancashire's Danny Lamb
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Lancashire’s Danny Lamb is to become the first concussion replacement in English first-class cricket after his team-mates were put to the sword by Worcestershire’s batsmen.

The 22-year-old from Preston is to take over from Joe Mennie, who suffered suspected concussion when hit on the head by a return drive from Martin Guptill on day two of the Specsavers County Championship match at New Road.

The new ECB regulations on concussion replacements in such circumstances were brought in this winter in the interests of player safety and health.

On the field, Lancashire suffered a day of misery after a first innings collapse in which 10 wickets went down for 53 runs as they were bowled out for 130 to trail by 117.

Daryl Mitchell then completed two hundreds in the match as he and fellow century-maker Guptill put on 215 for the first wicket in 33 overs.

New Zealand star Guptill smashed four sixes and 10 fours in his 97-ball century before he was LBW to Tom Bailey for 111.

Mitchell went on to reach his second ton of the game from 111 balls with 15 boundaries.

He had made 163 from 221 balls with 20 fours before being dismissed by Jordan Clark, having added 137 for the second wicket with Tom Fell (62) as Worcestershire closed on 361-4 and a lead of 478.

The visitors had been 77-0 shortly before the close on day one before losing five wickets for nine runs as they replied to Worcestershire’s 247.

The procession continued on Thursday with Ed Barnard completing his third five-wicket haul of the campaign.

Only openers Keaton Jennings (55) and Alex Davies (43) reached double figures for Lancashire as Barnard finished with 5-34 from 16 overs, well supported by Charlie Morris (3-20) and Steve Magoffin (2-58).

England Test opener Jennings completed his half-century off 114 balls with nine boundaries before he was LBW to Magoffin for 55.