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Wells and Tariq in fine fettle at Aigburth

Usman Tariq and Tom Wells both made excellent centuries as Leicestershire Second XI dominated the first day of their Championship game against Lancashire.

The duo put on 175 in exactly 40 overs for the fourth wicket at Aigburth as County made a commanding 376-7 before declaring. Lancashire were 0-0 after three balls when the day came to a premature end.

Play got underway at 11.30am after overnight rain and Matthew Boyce won the toss and elected to bat. The opener made a patient 33 (90b) as he and Michael Thornely (12, 61b) shared 53 for the first wicket before Thornely was bowled by Adnan Gauss.

Boyce and Dan Redfern (28, 59b) then put on 29 and after Boyce was dismissed by Liam Hurt, Redfern and Tariq combined to add 40 for the third wicket.

Leicestershire were 122-3 when Redfern was caught off spinner Rob Jones but Tariq and Wells combined to devastating effect.

The left-handed Tariq, who plays his club cricket in the Lancashire leagues, scored his first century for the club. He posted 102 off 152 balls in an innings that included eleven fours.

Wells built on his highly promising performance for the First XI in the NatWest T20 Blast on Friday by scoring a superb hundred. His powerful knock of 124 included eleven fours and five sixes.

Tariq was eventually caught behind off Josh Bohannon as four wickets fell in the space of 10.1 overs. Lewis Hill (14, 26b) and Aadil Ali (5, 6b) became new ball victims of Gavin Griffiths before Hurt finally claimed the wicket of Wells.

Chris Whittock (8*) and James Sykes (1*) were the unbeaten batsmen when Boyce called the team in. Ollie Freckingham was only able to send down three deliveries in Lancashire's first innings before the players were forced to leave the field.

 
 

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