Hameed stakes claim in strong Lancashire fightback

Hasseb Hameed registered his highest score of the season to battle his way into England contention while opening partner Alex Davies also shone on day two of Lancashire's Specsavers County Championship clash with Hampshire.

Tuesday, 8th August 2017, 8:31 am
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:43 pm
Hameed - helped Lancashire hit back
Hameed - helped Lancashire hit back

Hameed has endured a chastening campaign following his breakthrough with England last winter but a timely 77 not out from 219 balls puts him back into focus again following Keaton Jennings' recent travails against South Africa.

While the 20-year-old proved watchful in Lancashire's second innings at the Ageas Bowl, his opening partner Alex Davies battered his way to a stylish 97 from 92 balls to help the Red Rose establish a lead of 239 after closing on 314 for five.

It was a much-needed improvement from Lancashire, who were all out for 149 first time around - although their bowlers managed to restrict the first-innings deficit to 75 as Hampshire were all out for 224 in their first innings.

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Another day of constant wickets appeared to be on the cards, after 15 fell on the first day, as Kyle Jarvis went through the Hampshire lower order.

The Zimbabwean had Ian Holland lbw, three balls after he had been dropped by Jos Buttler at second slip, and Gareth Berg caught at third slip.

He completed his best figures for Lancashire, and the championship by having Kyle Abbott and Mason Crane caught behind - ending with an analysis of six for 61.

But Jarvis, and Lancashire, were made to endure a frustrating final wicket stand of 45 between Liam Dawson and Fidel Edwards.

Dawson, who was the difference between the two first-innings scores with his 75, played the strike taker as Edwards carefully did what he was told.

The England spinner was the first batsman to look at ease as he struck the match's first half century, from 76 balls - but the stand ended when leg-spinner Matt Parkinson bowled him.

Lancashire had Davies to thank for a positive start, with the wicketkeeper-batsman oozing quality as he counter-attacked with power and style -wiping away the deficit quickly.

He passed 50 for the 15th time in his career, from 47 balls with a meaty pull shot, but for the third time in his career fell in the 90s.

After all his stroke play, Davies was dismissed playing a forward defensive to Dawson which clipped his bat and ballooned to a short-leg position where James Vince swooped to hold a diving catch.