Douthwaite and Taylor battle through but honours even in rainy Manchester

Douthwaite and Taylor battle through but honours even in rainy Manchester

Dan Douthwaite and Callum Taylor each made half-centuries to help Glamorgan repel James Anderson and Lancashire on day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship match.

Having dismissed Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne on a rain-shortened opening day, England’s record Test wicket-taker Anderson claimed two more at Old Trafford as Lancashire pushed for the ascendancy. 

But Glamorgan battled hard in the afternoon session to reach a solid total of 344 all out, before Lancashire closed on 22 without loss. 

It took Anderson just seven balls of the morning to strike, moving one in from round the wicket to trap Billy Root lbw for 11. 

Lancashire will have been satisfied with their morning’s work, with Luke Wood also striking after a 43-minute rain delay as a terrific rising delivery dismissed Kiran Carlson for 18, Anderson taking the catch.

More rain brought an early lunch with Glamorgan 162 for five. 

Chris Cooke, who had been dropped by Luke Wells off Anderson on six, started positively after lunch alongside Callum Taylor as the visitors looked to rebuild. 

Lancashire were given cause for concern when England seamer Saqib Mahmood pulled up holding his right leg midway through his 14th over of the innings. 

The 24-year-old left the field but medium paceman Josh Bohannon, brought on to complete the over, struck with his third ball as Cooke sliced a drive into the midriff of Liam Livingstone in the slips to depart for 33. 

Lancashire would have sensed an opportunity at 190 for six and were further boosted by Mahmood’s return to the field. 

But Douthwaite seized the initiative with a fast-paced fifty, which included sixes off Matt Parkinson and Wood, as he put on 81 for the seventh wicket alongside Taylor. 

The pair had negotiated eight overs of the new ball when Anderson found the mark, a full ball trapping Douthwaite lbw for 61 to bring about tea with Glamorgan 271 for seven. 

Taylor carried on to reach his half-century but, after Michael Neser fell to Parkinson, Mahmood returned to bowling action to remove Taylor – lbw for 58 – and last man Timm van der Gugten for a quick-fire 23.  

Lancashire openers Keaton Jennings and Alex Davies successfully negotiated the final 18 overs of the day. 

“I think we are very happy with the way today panned out, just a shame that it couldn’t have happened a bit earlier with the rain around yesterday and tomorrow,” Douthwaite said at the end of play, “If we could have potentially had a go at them with the ball around lunchtime today that would have been nice. 

“All in all we are really happy with today. I didn’t feel my free-flowing self at the start. On that pitch when the ball got a bit older things got a bit easier.”

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