Chorley bowler Ed Moulton makes debut for Lancashire
Chorley’s Ed Moulton was among a trio of debutants as Lancashire started their Bob Willis Trophy campaign at ‘home’ to Leicestershire on Saturday.
All-rounder George Balderson, and bowlers Tom Hartley and Moulton made their first starts for the Old Trafford outfit – the first time the Red Rose had three men making their debut in the same match since 2002.
Batsman Ben Slater, signed on two weeks’ loan from Nottinghamshire, made a first start for Leicestershire in the match, which is being played at Worcester’s New Road ground.
Lancashire closed the opening day on 265-6, after a fifth wicket partnership of 130 between Dave Vilas and Steven Croft helped them recover after being reduced to 97-4.
Captain Vilas led the way for the Red Rose men, hitting 14 fours in going to 90 off 126 deliveries before edging a drive off the bowling of Tom Taylor to slip, where Hassan Azad hung on to the chance.
Before the game started, a minute’s applause was held to pay tribute to those affected by the Covid pandemic. The players also took a knee to emphasise their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.