Dan Douthwaite, Callum Taylor frustrate Lancashire with doughty display for Glamorgan


Pair post contrasting half-centuries on chastening day for the Red Rose, who still trail by 322

Lancashire 22 for 0 trail Glamorgan 344 (Lloyd 78, Douthwaite 61, Taylor 58) by 322 runs

It has been a chastening day for the Red Rose, with Labour suffering humbling defeats across the country as results trickled in from Thursday’s elections. It will be mid-afternoon on Saturday before it becomes clear whether the same is true in Manchester, as Andy Burnham discovers if he will continue as the city’s mayor; one suspects he would happily accept a similar result to the one likely at Emirates Old Trafford, where Lancashire should retain their position as Group Three leaders in the County Championship despite being frustrated by Glamorgan’s resolve.

Rain has already had a significant impact on this match, with the first four sessions lacking any sense of rhythm or flow, and is set to wipe the third day out altogether. As a result, Lancashire needed to run through the lower order after reducing Glamorgan to 153 for 5 and then 190 for 6 on Friday morning if they had any realistic chance of forcing a win, but they were held up by the doughty efforts of Dan Douthwaite and Callum Taylor, who made contrasting half-centuries and ensured a first-innings total of 344.

Glamorgan are a team filled with batters who would ideally come in at No. 6, and while that may be damning on some members of their middle order, it also means an impressive level of batting depth. Douthwaite, in particular, looks a far better player than both his role at No. 8 and his middling first-class record might have you think, and he made batting seem remarkably straightforward during an innings of 61 off 104 balls.

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