County Championship: Lancashire crack stubborn Gloucestershire resistance for innings victory

James Anderson took 2-25 from 25 overs as he looks to win back his place in the England Test squad
LV = County Championship Division One, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester (day four)
Gloucestershire 252: Hassan 6-47 & 247: Lace 71, Hammond 50; Hassan 3-49, Parkinson 3-79, Anderson 2-25
Lancashire 556 – 7 dec: Bohannon 231, Vilas 109; Zafar 4-135
Lancashire (22 pts) beat Gloucestershire (3 pts) by an innings and 57 runs

Lancashire made it two County Championship wins from two with a thrilling victory over Gloucestershire.

Needing 237 more to make the hosts bat again, Gloucestershire were reduced to 116-5 by spinner Matt Parkinson (3-79).

James Anderson (2-25) removed Miles Hammond for 50, but Tom Lace (71), Josh Shaw (29) and Jared Warner (10) took the game deep into the final hour.

Lace finally fell to Saqib Mahmood and, with just 17 balls remaining, Hassan Ali removed Warner to earn victory.

Gloucestershire’s remarkable resistance set up a thrilling conclusion to what had looked for much of two sessions to be heading towards a routine Lancashire win.

Resuming on 67-3, Parkinson soon had the visitors in deeper trouble as the leg-spinner found healthy turn to find Graeme van Buuren’s edge and then ripped his next ball from leg to hit Ryan Higgins’ off-stump.

Hammond brought up his 10th first-class 50 off 148 balls, with seven fours, but he fell just six balls later, as Anderson found late movement to pin the left-hander in front of his stumps.

Teetering on 127-7, Lace produced a defiant innings, unleashing some stylish shots as he and Shaw put on a fine 79-run eighth-wicket stand.

Shaw’s resistance was undone by a hooping delivery from Pakistan paceman Hassan which ripped out his stumps but Lace stood firm, supported by Warner, as the visitors reached 214-8 at tea.

However, a terrific delivery from Mahmood feathered Lace’s stumps to end his 266-minute stay and, with tension mounting, Hassan found Warner’s edge to end his 119-ball innings – and Gloucestershire’s hopes.

Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple told BBC Radio Lancashire:

“It was a tough day. It was a really good surface, fairly flat, like a Test pitch really. It didn’t deteriorate and, even with our unbelievably good bowling attack, it was hard work.

“We prefer good surfaces like that because the best team has the best chance to win and at the moment we have a strong team.

“Gloucestershire played really well and made it difficult, and at one point it looked as though a draw was favorite, but thankfully the hard work paid off and we got over the line.

“During his career to date, Josh Bohannon has not had a bad spell. We know now he is a proven, quality player. He has been determined this winter to work on how he can make sure that he can bat long and make really big , telling scores. He richly deserves his first double hundred. “

Gloucestershire captain Graeme van Buuren:

“I am immensely proud of the boys. Every week they put up their hands and fight – you can never write us of.

“The stress levels were hectic and I think there are a lot of tired bodies after facing that world class bowling line up.

“Small little things are letting us down at the moment but we will work hard to fix those. I don’t know if it’s a lack of concentration but those little periods of the game are costing us. We are very close to competing even better .

“We would never have even been playing for the draw if it had not been for Zafar Gohar. He is such a magician and he didn’t moan once – he just kept asking for the ball and he bowled fantastically well.”

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