BOLTON’S Josh Bohannon hit a half-century on his first-class debut for Lancashire today against Surrey at The Oval.

The 21-year-old former Farnworth Social Circle all-rounder was one of three Bolton-born youngsters in the Red Rose starting XI, joined by fellow former Bolton Cricket League players Haseeb Hameed and Matt Parkinson.

Having made his Lancashire Twenty20 bow in last week’s disappointing Vitality Blast defeat at Birmingham Bears, Bohannon showed what he is capable of as he helped the Red Rose side to a first innings lead of 36 in London.

After opener Hameed had chipped in with 22, and spinner Parkinson was out for a two-ball duck, right-handed batsman and fast-medium seamer Bohannon took his turn at representing Bolton and ended the innings as second-top scorer behind Lancashire skipper, South African Dane Villas.

Bohannon was at the crease for 153 minutes, facing 108 deliveries and hitting seven fours in his 52 at a strike rate of 48.15.

He was second to last man out when he was trapped lbw by Amar Virdi.

His knock helped Lancashire battle back into the four-day County Championship clash on day two after being 41-3, when Hameed was bowled by Morne Morkel, and 129-6, after Parkinson was out lbw to Rikki Clarke.

Earlier in the game Bohannon conceded five runs in his two overs while Parkinson took 2-51 – the wickets of top scorer Aaron Finch and Morkel – from his 16 overs as hosts Surrey were all out for 211.