County Championship: Lancashire's Karl Brown hits 96

Karl Brown
Karl Brown has hit three half-centuries for Lancashire this season
LV= County Championship Division Two, Emirates Old Trafford (day two)
Leicestershire 207: Agathangelou 54, Bailey 4-69, Faulkner 3-53
Lancashire 314-4: Brown 96, Prince 74 not out; Naik 2-126
Lancashire lead by 107 runs with six first innings wickets standing.
Lancashire 6 pts, Leicestershire 2 pts
Match scorecard

Karl Brown fell four runs short of a century as Championship Division Two leaders Lancashire took control against Leicestershire at Old Trafford.

Brown, whose only first-class hundred came against Sussex in 2011, struck 96 as the hosts closed day two on 314-4.

Opener Paul Horton made 54 and Ashwell Prince hit an unbeaten 74 as Lancashire built a first-innings lead of 107.

Fast bowler Ben Raine was the only one to keep things tight but spinner Jigar Naik claimed two expensive wickets.

Golden memories for Brown
Karl Brown's last County Championship century was in April 2011 when he made 114 against Sussex at Aigburth in the first game of Lancashire's title-winning season.

On the back of two half-centuries in last week's win over Gloucestershire, Brown looked certain to bring up his hundred after batting for almost five hours, but was trapped lbw by Raine to a ball which appeared to keep low.

However, South African Prince, who has already made three hundreds this season, maintained his fine form, striking 10 fours in his fourth half-century of the season,

Leicestershire's only other high point of a tough day in the field came from former Lancashire man Andrea Agathangelou, who pulled off a stunning one-handed catch at slip to dismiss Horton off the bowling of Rob Taylor.

Lancashire batsman Karl Brown:

"We've done what we set out to do and put ourselves in a great position. But there's still two days to go, and we've got to play a lot of good cricket to win this game.

"I'm obviously disappointed to be out for 96. Every batsman sets their sights on scoring hundreds, and I haven't quite got there this time.

"But if I carry on playing the way I am, there is one just around the corner. And I don't think there is anything I could have done with the ball I got. I'm just glad I didn't get it when I was on nought."

Leicestershire spinner Jigar Naik:

"We were unfortunate to get bowled out for 207. We started off well but have been chasing the game from then on.

"The sun was out, which helped them. I felt we stuck at our task well, although we would have liked one or two more wickets.

"I got a long spell and beat the bat a bit, but that sort of thing happens in cricket. The turn will increase, so we need to bat well, get a lead and hopefully I can bowl on that second dig."

Top Stories