Timely Moore hands Worcs advantage

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Stephen Moore keeps up his superb form with the only hundred of the match so far at Old Trafford

Stephen Moore recorded his first LV= County Championship century of the summer to give Worcestershire a slender advantage after two days of their clash with Lancashire at Old Trafford today.

The 28-year-old England Lions opener, who hit a first-class ton against Australia last week, thrashed 17 boundaries in his 138-ball hundred and went on to reach 107 off 152 balls with 18 fours.

Worcestershire were bowled out for 236 in their second innings and set the hosts a testing 264 to win.

Paul Horton (13) and Mal Loye (16) negotiated 13 overs before the close and reached 40 without loss.

Left-arm spinner Gary Keedy was the pick of the home bowlers with 4-60 from 17.1 overs and Kyle Hogg completed career-best match figures of 6-79 from 31 overs.

Worcester pace bowler Matt Mason earlier completed superb figures of 7-39 from 17 to bowl the hosts out for 145 in their first innings.

The Australian picked up the two remaining Lancashire wickets this morning, those of Oliver Newby and Glen Chapple for 44, to gift his side a valuable first-innings lead of 27.

Mason claimed his first wicket in his 10th over on day one and his seventh at the end of his 17th. His wicket-to-wicket spell was seven for 20 from eight overs.

Moore’s effort was obviously the mainstay of his side’s second innings, making it all the more impressive as it was the top score of the match by 63 runs.

Sajid Mahmood (2-42 from 16) was the early pick of the Lancashire bowlers but Moore and Smith added 79 for the third wicket to dampen the enthusiasm of the Red Rose.

That was until Keedy took two wickets in two overs, those of Smith (28) and Moeen Ali, to leave the score at 143 for four.

Steven Davies was brilliantly run out by Steven Croft from cover before Moore was bowled by Hogg, who had earlier trapped Solanki lbw before lunch.

The wicket of Moore was the first of two in four balls for Hogg as he had Gareth Batty caught behind by Luke Sutton.

Mahmood claimed his second wicket of the innings eight overs after the break when Ashley Noffke edged to VVS Laxman at second slip, and Keedy polished off the visiting tail when he had Chris Whelan caught in the covers and bowled Mason.

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