DRAW

Lancashire’s first match in the ongoing County Championship against Worcestershire has ended in a draw.

This match also got interrupted by the snow fall but not as much as some of the other matches.

The toss was won by the Lancashire skipper Glen Chapple on the first day and he elected to field first without any hesitation.

Chapple himself shared the new ball with Kyle Hogg, but, neither of them got the breakthroughs. Both of them were moving the ball, but, the edge was not being found.

Wayne White came as the first change bowler and he provided Lancashire the breakthrough by dismissing Matthew Pardoe.
The second wicket also fell soon when the Worcestershire wicketkeeper Michael Johnson was adjudged leg before wicket off the bowling of Luke Procter.

Worcestershire had a couple of big partnerships in the middle order which took them past 300.

Daryl Mitchell, Moeen Ali and Gareth Andrew got half centuries for them. Moeen was the highest scorer with 78.
When Lancashire batted, their two foreign players played superbly. Ashwell Prince was expected to open the batting, but, he came to bat at no. 4 and he played a fantastic inning.

He put up a big partnership of 181 runs with Simon Katich for the fourth wicket and took his team past the Worcestershire’s total.

Prince got out when he was just 5 short of hundred. He was dismissed by Alan Richardson.

Katich also got out soon after that. His wicket was grabbed by Moeen Ali. He faced 102 balls and scored 84 runs with 11 boundaries and 1 six.

After the departure of these two, the remaining wickets fell in quick succession and Lancashire was all out on 448.
There was not much left in the match after that. Worcestershire batted for 11.1 overs in the second innings and scored 26 runs for the loss of 1 wicket.
Seeing that it’s hard to get any clear result, both the captains decided to shake hands and the match was over.

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