Warwickshire v Lancashire, County Championship, 3rd day June 21, 2004

Mongia makes an impressive county debut

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Lancashire 505 for 8 (Loye 184, Mongia 89) lead Warwickshire 499 (Wagh 167, Hogg 56, Trott 54, Martin 4-81) by 6 runs

Dinesh Mongia made a superb start to his short-term county stint with Lancashire, scoring 89 in a championship game against Warwickshire. Coming in to bat at No. 5, Mongia put together 171 runs with Mal Loye, who top-scored with a monumental 184. Loye and Mongia helped Lancashire to a first-innings lead after Warwickshire had amassed 499. At the close of a rain-restricted third day, Lancashire were 505 for 8.

Mongia, drafted in as Lancashire's overseas player after Carl Hooper was sidelined for at least three weeks with a fractured thumb, played an impressive innings which finally ended when he was trapped lbw by Ian Bell. Had Mongia scored 11 more, he would have become only the fifth player to score a hundred on debut for Lancashire.