Ben Slater and Ben Duckett each hit hundreds to put the ‘away team’ into a commanding position on day one.
Slater, playing his first match since the end of a two-week loan spell at Leicestershire, started his knock as if he had no need to become boggled by the pesky business of playing himself in.
Through the on-side and off-side, down the ground or square of the wicket – the opener’s scoring was brisk as he rattled along to his half-century from 63 balls.
By lunch, Slater was 58 off 94, becoming a little more sedate – if no less serene – after Haseeb Hameed was lbw to George Balderson for 22.
The pace remained steady after the interval, Lancashire extracting control and a little swing under ever-cloudier skies.
But Slater and Duckett stood firm, the latter showing inventiveness, innovation and impudence to find any gap in Dane Vilas’ field.
Reverse-sweeps, lap-sweeps and wristy dabs all found the ropes, as the two Bens put on a stand of 178.
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