Rain dominated play in day two at Liverpool
DAY 2 | Lancashire CCC 449 v Leicestershire CCC
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REACTION | Foxes bowler Chris Wright spoke to BBC Radio Leicester's Richard Rae after play was abondoned on a wet day two at Aigburth Cricket Ground against Lancashire CCC. Click HERE to listen.
REPORT | Lancashire CCC were bowled out for 449 but only one reduced session of play was possible on day two of the Specsavers County Championship game at Aigburth.
A poor forecast initially looked to be wiping out the entire day but rain relented to allow 105 minutes of play.
The hosts continued their first innings at 347 for seven and added a further 102 runs on the second morning with Josh Bohannon finishing narrowly short of a century on 98no.
Dieter Klein extended his innings haul to three while Chris Wright also took a brace of wickets during the first session.
Play was delayed by 15 minutes at the Aigburth Cricket Ground after a spell of heavy, sustained rain in the morning on the western coast of England, yet amazingly, no overs were lost.
The groundsmen thought about bringing the covers back on as a five-minute downpour descended on a city that was flooded with three-quarters of a million people only two days prior as the newly crowned champions of Europe arrived back home after winning their sixth European crown.
Rain ended as abruptly as it began however, and the 11.15am start was still possible.
The first hour of the day brought in a number of milestones including Bohannon’s half-century from 98 deliveries, Tom Bailey’s 50 from 91 balls, and a fourth and fifth batting bonus point for Lancashire CCC.
Just as the first hour was up the Foxes made the breakthrough as Bailey was caught on the cover boundary by Neil Dexter after going for a big six from the bowling of Wright who claimed his first of the game.
Bailey went for 57 and the partnership of Bailey and Bohannon ended on 131, just 19 short of the eighth wicket partnership record for Lancashire against the Foxes.
It took only four runs later for the ninth wicket to fall as Graham Onions (2) chipped one to Muhammad Abbas at extra cover who took a comfortable catch which saw Wright earn his second wicket.
However, there was time enough between the wickets for Bohannon to make a career best first-class score as he passed his previous high of 78.
The final wicket fell just before lunch as Richard Gleeson edged Klein’s delivery through to debutant Harry Swindells, taking his fourth catch of the innings.
The final wicket fell at the wrong time for Bohannon who was two runs shy off earning his maiden first-class century.
There was no time for the Foxes to reply to Lancashire CCC’s 449 as the steady, persistent rain that was initially predicted to arrive at 10am arrived during the lunch interval – and there was no let up.
FIGURES (1st inns) | Abbas 27-3-93-2, Wright 30-2-117-2, Klein 26.3-5-89-3, Dexter 22-6-69-1, Parkinson 11-0-51-1, Ackermann 3-0-17-0.
TEAM | Horton (capt), Azad, Dexter, Cosgrove, Ackermann, Dearden, Swindells (wk), Parkinson, Klein, Wright, Abbas.
Lancashire CCC | Jennings, Hameed, Davies, Livingstone, Croft, Lehmann, Vilas (capt & wk), Jones, Bohannon, Parry, Bailey.