Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Davies Wows with 140 Not Out

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Davies Wows with 140 Not Out

Article excerpt

ALEX Davies posted his maiden firstclass century to help Lancashire set Essex 478 to win - or four full sessions to save the game - in a decidedly one-sided opening match of the Specsavers County Championship season.

Essex knocked off 89 of the runs in 38 overs before the close. They lost both openers in the process as Lancashire closed in on their first Championship win in 12 attempts.

The day, though, belonged to Davies. He had been within one run of a century against Kent at Old Trafford almost two years ago, but batted throughout the 94.3 overs of Lancashire's second innings at Chelmsford to finish unbeaten on 140. Essex were made to pay dearly for dropping the wicketkeeperrookie opener twice on the second afternoon when he had 10 and 26.

He had reached his half-century from the penultimate ball of the second day, and went to lunch on the third 97 not out. …

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