Milestone for young Lancashire prospect

Lancashire batting prodigy Haseeb Hameed reached a landmark in his burgeoning career on Monday during the County Championship match with Middlesex at Old Trafford.

Monday, 12th September 2016, 2:08 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th September 2016, 3:52 pm
Hameed - history maker

The teenage opener become the youngest Lancashire player to be awarded his county cap since World War Two.

Such has been Hameed’s form that he has been tipped to break into the England Test team.

On the field, Lancashire found themselves under the cosh before lunch.

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The Middlesex openers, Sam Robson and Nick Gubbins, made it to the interval unscathed on 93-0 having been invited to bat first by the Lancashire captain Steven Croft.

The pair survived testing opening spells from Tom Bailey and Kyle Jarvis, and scored just five from the opening seven overs, with both surviving lbw shouts from the latter.

But, as Croft rotated his bowlers, Robson and Gubbins settled and the boundaries began to flow, with Gubbins - who scored 201 not out in the reverse fixture at Lord’s - particularly strong through the covers. He reached his half-century from 89 balls shortly before lunch, having found the fence eight times.

While Middlesex, who lead the Championship by a point from Yorkshire, named an unchanged team, Lancashire welcomed back Jos Buttler to the Championship side for the first time since the two sides met in September 2014. Buttler replaced Jordan Clark in the XI and is keeping wicket.