Lancashire 330 for five (Vilas 124, Wells 97) lead Middlesex 194 by 136 runs
Lancashire’s batters maintained their facet’s grip on the LV= County Championship Division One match in opposition to Middlesex and had constructed a 136-run first-innings lead by the shut of yet one more rain-shortened day.
After in a single day and morning rain had precipitated the lack of the primary session’s play, Lancashire’s batsmen had been clearly decided to construct an enormous lead as rapidly as attainable.
Each Wells and Vilas took heavy toll of any short-pitched bowling from Josh de Caires and Jayant Yadav, every batsman hitting a six as if to dispel Middlesex’s ideas that they may seize the initiative with a few early wickets. Certainly, the pair had prolonged their partnership to 128 when Wells got here down the wicket to Jayant and was caught by John Simpson for 97, though the wicketkeeper made doubly positive of the dismissal by stumping the batsman
By that stage, nevertheless, Lancashire had a lead of 30 and George Bell helped Vilas stretch that benefit to 51 at tea, by which period Lancashire had been 245 for 4 and well-placed for an onslaught within the closing session of the day.
At first, it appeared that the house facet’s plans can be pissed off by unhealthy gentle however the climate improved markedly and each Vilas and Bell scored freely in opposition to a flagging assault. Vilas reached his tenth first-class century for Lancashire, however his first of the season, with a square-cut off Toby Roland-Jones. He had confronted 155 balls and hit eight fours and one six in his 197-minute innings.
Having reached that landmark, nevertheless, Vilas and Bell accelerated, presumably with the intention of constructing a bonus that might allow an early declaration on the ultimate day of this recreation, thereby giving Lancashire’s bowlers time to dismiss Middlesex.
Within the closing hour of the day, Bell reached his third fifty of the season off 75 balls with 4 fours and instantly introduced up his hundred partnership for the fifth wicket with Vilas. It was a tricky day for the Middlesex bowlers however the guests made a breakthrough late within the day when Vilas was lbw to Ethan Bamber for 124, thus ending his 106-run partnership with Bell.
Dangerous gentle then ended play 9.5 overs earlier than the scheduled shut.