County Championship: Sundar and Williams safe victory for Lancashire over Northants

Washington Sundar performed his first Championship recreation for Lancashire and Will Williams his fourth
LV = County Championship Division 1, County Floor, Northampton (Day 4)
Northamptonshire 235 and 174: Rickelton 59*; Williams 5:41, Bailey 4:65
Lancashire 132 & 278-6: Bohannon 103, Croft 47; Sanderson 3-76
Lancashire (19 factors) beat Northamptonshire (4 factors) by 4 wickets
Match scorecard

Washington Sundar accomplished a memorable Lancashire debut, following up a five-wicket haul of 34 as he helped the Pink Rose to a four-wicket County Championship victory over Northamptonshire at Wantage Highway.

India’s Sundar placed on an excellent unbroken partnership of 69 with nightwatchman Will Williams to take Lancashire to their goal.

They’d began the day needing 86 extra runs with 5 wickets in hand to win to maintain their First Division title race alive.

Josh Bohannon fell early on, shortly after his century, which might have opened the door for the house aspect, however Sundar and Williams, who completed unbeaten on 29, saved their composure to construct confidence as they cruised to victory.

Northamptonshire, who had taken a late wicket the night time earlier than, had a buzz going into the sector and it picked up much more when Lancashire’s Jack White eliminated Bohannon early within the first innings.

However that was to be their solely breakthrough as Sundar and Williams led Lancashire to a win that leaves them 31 factors away from Surrey within the desk with 4 video games to play.

Bohannon, 92 in a single day, was anticipated to be a key determine if Lancashire have been to assert victory.

His knock had helped maintain his aspect within the hunt as wickets tumbled on day three and he set the scoreboard in movement by steering Ben Sanderson’s second professional move to 3rd man.

He moved to his century in 166 balls when he bowled White previous a diving Emilio Homosexual within the air at brief mid-wicket, his 18th-ball boundary.

However he fell two balls later because of a surprising one-handed seize at large by skipper Will Younger that left Lancashire 209-6, nonetheless needing 69 to win.

The normally dependable Sanderson proved costly early on, gifting Lancashire three no balls and leaks down the leg aspect, however challenged the batsmen when his radar began firing, effectively supported by White and Tom Taylor.

Younger continued to rotate his bowlers in opposition to the alert Sundar and Williams, who have been content material to take their time earlier than making aggressive photographs as they approached the goal.

Sundar confidently smashed Simon Kerrigan’s half toss via further cowl for 4 and late on Rob Keoghi hit one other boundary to take Lancashire previous 250.

When Northamptonshire took the brand new ball, he hit a stable two leg-side boundary off Sanderson.

Williams appeared increasingly assured and made it 4 with a late break from Kerrigan.

Northamptonshire supervisor John Sadler:

“There are at all times bits and items that may be improved however I am very pleased with the way in which we have gone about our enterprise even in defeat. It is okay to lose and honest play to Lancs. They deserved to win in the long run.

“Will Younger captained effectively. He combined his bowlers very well. They have been underneath strain. Our plan was to attempt to maintain the sport going so long as attainable, dry the scoreboard and maintain the hitters.

“However I believe an enormous a part of that recreation was the third inning. We have been outscored 75-7, which ended up costing us the sport.

“It was form of muggy and wet and overcast and gloomy. Finally, that two-hour interval modified the sport.”

Lancashire supervisor Glen Chapple:

“We have been behind within the recreation after the primary innings and the boys have fought again brilliantly, beginning with a terrific high quality bowling session to limit Northants and provides us one thing we imagine we are able to chase.

“Josh Bohannon’s century on a troublesome pitch was a terrific effort and the 2 boys, Washington Sundar and Will Williams, performed brilliantly.

“It was by no means going to be simple however they’ve finished it with targets to spare. They fought actually onerous and confirmed their willpower to win.

“It has been a terrific begin for Washington Sundar. He is been determined to come back and play English cricket. He bowled brilliantly within the first innings after which batted solidly and with high quality.”

The report was offered by the ECB’s community of reporters.

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