Centurion Hameed is Lancashire's hero

Lancashire are in second spot in the Specsavers County Championship table after securing a draw with Notts at Trent Bridge

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 7th July 2016, 7:33 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:10 pm
Hameed - second ton of the season
Hameed - second ton of the season

They picked up nine points from the contest after their rearguard action, leaving them one point adrift of Middlesex, who inflicted an innings defeat on Yorkshire at Scarborough.

Haseeb Hameed’s second first-class century of the season was the Lancashire highlight at Trent Bridge.

The Red Rose’s talented 19-year-old opener enhanced his blossoming reputation with a 386-minute act of defiance as he reached a career-best score of 122 to help his side to safety.

When the captains agreed on a handshake, with 11 overs remaining in the final hour, Lancs were on 304 for seven, a lead of 106.

Hameed and his opening partner Tom Smith had put on 151 for the first wicket, taking a mighty chunk out of the home side’s first-innings advantage of 198.

Nottinghamshire’s only realistic hope of forcing a win on the final day would have been through early wickets from Stuart Broad or Imran Tahir but both were resisted, although only seven runs came from the first nine overs.

On a benign surface that offered very little assistance to the quick bowlers, Notts wicketkeeper Riki Wessels even stood up to Broad during the second part of his opening spell.

The only wicket to go down during the morning was that of Smith, who bettered his first-innings 70 by one run before nicking Harry Gurney low to Steven Mullaney at second slip.

Armed with a second new ball, England quick Broad breathed life into a dying contest by snaring two wickets in the same over at the start of the afternoon.

He removed Luke Procter from around the wicket, trapping the left-hander lbw for 13. Alviro Petersen then hit his first ball for four but fatally elected not to play at his third delivery and Broad demolished his stumps spectacularly.

Hameed was caught behind off Hutton, having faced 284 balls and hit 17 fours, and the same bowler then persuaded Liam Livingstone to prod tamely to Michael Lumb at mid-on.

Lancashire’s pedestrian run rate only brought them 43 runs during the afternoon, so they entered the final session with an advantage of only 51 and they looked in serious trouble when Tahir had Karl Brown brilliantly caught at short leg by Brendan Taylor.

Jordan Clark only made 11 but he defended stubbornly for over an hour before chopping Gurney on.

Tahir whirled and wheeled his way through 45 overs of mesmerising leg spin and remained a threat throughout but Steven Croft’s battling 34 from 141 deliveries kept him and his colleagues at bay.

The draw condemned Nottinghamshire to their ninth consecutive championship match without a victory, but the 13 points increased their cushion over the bottom two.