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Second XI settle for draw against Lancashire

HoseinTrialist Michael Cranmer scored 171 on debut as Derbyshire Second XI drew their Championship fixture with Lancashire Second XI at Liverpool Cricket Club.

Cranmer, a professional for Hoylandswaine Cricket Club in the Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League, made a stunning 171 from 221 balls as his side replied to Lancashire's 252 all out.

All-rounder Tom Knight made 46 and young wicketkeeper batsman Harvey Hosein, who recently signed his first professional contract with the Club, made 56, whilst Matt Higginbottom also impressed with the bat, scoring 40 not out from only 49 balls.

But it was all-rounder Cranmer, who also bowls fast-medium, who caught the eye with a stunning display as Derbyshire posted 436 all out, a first innings lead of 184.

Academy Graduate Ben Cotton had starred with the ball on Day One, taking 4-45 from 20 overs, ably assisted by Greg Cork (2-20) and Mark Turner (2-35). Liam Livingstone top-scored Lancashire with 111 from 195 balls, before Cotton enticed his edge through to Hosein behind the stumps. The hosts were eventually bowled out for 252 after deciding to bat first.

Derbyshire could not assume the same control over the Lancashire batsmen in the second innings on Day Three as the hosts managed to eradicate their deficit from the first innings without losing a wicket.

The game was eventually drawn with Lancashire on 210-1, a lead of 26, with Chesney Hughes (1-16) taking the only wicket of Lancashire’s second innings.

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