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Three share lead as bad weather cuts short play

Barry Lane rolled back the years in spectacular fashion on Friday to take a share of the lead after the weather-hit second round of the Avantha Masters.

The 49-year-old Lane fired a five-under-par 67 for a 10-under 134 total on a day when almost half the field, including overnight leader Marcel Siem of Germany, could not complete the round due a hailstorm.

Chan Yih-shin of Taiwan and Briton John Parry were also in joint first place on 10-under-par but will complete the final hole of the second round on Saturday before starting out the third.

Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing added a 68 to his opening round 67 to share the fourth place along with Briton David Drysdale and Australians Andrew Dodt and Darren Beck on nine-under.

Lane, set to join the Senior Tour in June, strung together six birdies against one bogey for a second straight round of 67.

“It can be hard work being an old man out here and these young guys are bombing it past you at times but it is nice to know that I can still play and compete out here,” Lane said.

“It has just been the short game and the putting but hopefully it’ll get better,” added Lane who won the last of his five European Tour titles at the 2004 British Masters —- his first win in 10 years.

The event is worth 250,000 euros ($344,800) to the winner and is the first following a new joint venture between the European and Asian tours to be known as EurAsia Golf.

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