County Championship: Josh Bohannon’s 231 puts Lancashire on course to beat Gloucestershire
LV= County Championship Division One, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester (day three)
Gloucestershire 252 & 67-3: Hammond 24*, Dent 19; Anderson 1-9
Lancashire 556-7 dec: Bohannon 231, Vilas 109; Zafar 4-135
Gloucestershire (3 pts) trail Lancashire (6 pts) by 237 runs
Josh Bohannon scored Lancashire’s highest score ever against Gloucestershire and lifted his side on the road to victory at Old Trafford.
The 25-year-old player overnight turned his century into the 231st year of his career. He shared his fourth 214 record with captain Dean Villas who hit 109.
That left Villars declaring 556-7 and Gloucestershire trailing by 304.
James Anderson then achieved his first wicket of the summer as the visitors lost the first three to close on 67-3.
The Red Roses opened the day with a 37-run lead, but Bohannon Villas quickly extended it, meeting throughout the morning.
The Lancashire captain cut Zafar Gohar to the end to reach his second straight century in a row, though his partnership ended when Josh Shaw caught him.
However, Danny Lamb maintained Lancashire’s momentum with knock of 41, including 4 fours and 2 sixes, paving the way for Williams to halt the innings at tea.
Gloucestershire’s work soon became more difficult when Anderson got his first wicket of this season – the veteran in the test delivered a ball that lifted Marcus Harris and took the edge.
Salt claimed his second dismissal with a sharp diving catch when Chris Dent slashed outside off stump at Saqib Mahmood, and Hassan Ali claimed the prize wicket of the in-form James Bracey with a devastating yorker that shattered his middle stump.
Miles Hammond survived a chance to short leg off spinner Matt Parkinson to battle through to the close on 24 not out, but Lancashire is still on track to secure their second straight win from a strong competitor.