|Scorecard:||Lancashire v Glamorgan|
|Event:||LV County Championship 2013|
DateLine: 17th July 2013
John Ward at Old Trafford, day 2
Close of play: Glamorgan (474) v Lancashire (93/0).
Glamorgan were greatly heartened to total 474 in their first innings against Lancashire, their great performance being a very determined innings of 194 by Murray Goodwin. However, the home side’s opening pair batted out the day without undue trouble, making a draw the most likely outcome of this match when only ten wickets have fallen after two days.
Glamorgan began the second day’s play in the box seats, having a score of 315 runs on the board with only three batsmen out, and two form batsmen holding the crease in Murray Goodwin (138) and Jim Allenby (68). Allenby’s approach was obvious from the start, when he pulled the second ball of the day for four. 29 runs came off the first four overs, with Allenby, taking most of the bowling, pulling two short balls from Glen Chapple over the short leg boundary for six each. The wily Lancashire captain soon regained his wits, though, pitched the ball further up in the following over, and exacted his revenge as the ball cut in, totally beating the batsman and trapping him lbw for 92. He faced 131 balls and hit 11 fours and those two sixes; the score was now 340 for four after a partnership of 155 in 41 overs.
Goodwin for a long time was remarkably cautious, adding only four runs to his overnight score in the first 45 minutes, although he had less of the bowling; in fact, it took him almost an hour and a quarter to reach his 150. He speeded up as lunch approached, in partnership with Mark Wallace, who fell just before the break for 37, being caught at slip off Simon Kerrigan, who again had a lot of work to do and did get a certain amount of slowish spin.
Kerrigan picked up the wickets of Nathan McCullum (14) and Graham Wagg (0) after lunch, the latter from a ball which bounced and was caught off bat and pad at short leg, as Goodwin tried to push on more quickly towards his double century. He did not look as convincing trying to force the pace, though, and miscued a couple of strokes before, on 194, he pulled a short ball from Kerrigan and was caught low down near the square-leg umpire. He had faced 354 balls and hit 21 fours, a fine innings notable for patient accumulation rather than strokeplay. Interesting, his most aggressive period had been right at the start of the innings when he was greeted with perhaps the poorest spell of bowling by Lancashire throughout the long innings.
Glamorgan were 448 for eight on his departure, and the rest of their innings was rather a waste of time, as the tail spent a while in adding some rather colourless runs before the innings closed for 474. Kerrigan took the final wicket in his fiftieth over, finishing with figures of seven for 162. None of the other bowlers had any reason to remember their analyses, although they kept plugging away relentlessly for the most part, and only six extras were conceded.
Lancashire batted for eight overs before tea, when Luis Reece and Karl Brown put on 19 runs together in eight overs. Brown played his strokes well after the interval, while Reece dug in and gave nothing away. Both batsmen played the spinners, McCullum and Dean Cosker, with great respect. Brown became rather bogged down on approaching his fifty, allowing Reese to narrow the gap between them. When stumps were drawn Brown had 48, Reece 42, and Lancashire were 93 without loss, and hopeful of fighting their way to safety. Glamorgan can still win, but would probably need more assistance from the pitch to do it.
(Article: Copyright © 2013 John Ward)