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Late Luke Wood breakthroughs lead Lancashire to 206-run victory
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Late Luke Wood breakthroughs lead Lancashire to 206-run victory

ReportLuke Procter puts up a fight for Northamptonshire against former side on compelling last dayLancashire 305 (Bohannon 68, Davies 57, Kerrigan 4-60, Taylor 4-91) and 296 for 7 declared (Croft 103*) beat Northamptonshire 177 (Bailey 3-32, Parkinson 3-49) and 218 (Procter 93, Wood 3-31, Parkinson 3-39) by 206 runsThe blackthorn is in flower and the chiffchaffs will arrive soon. The County Championship season has begun with some fine games and few can have been more engrossing than the one that concluded at Emirates Old Trafford this evening. All the same, when folk arrived at the ground on a sunlit morning some rather desultory chat centred on how many sanitiser breaks Northamptonshire's remaining seven wickets would survive before Lancashire sealed their first victory of the season. The...
Steven Croft shines with unbeaten century as Lancashire hold upper hand
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Steven Croft shines with unbeaten century as Lancashire hold upper hand

ReportSaqib Mahmood helps reduce Northants to 59 for three, still needing 366 runs on final dayNorthamptonshire 177 and 59 for 3 (Vasconcelos 22*, Proctor 15*, Mahmood 2-9) need another 366 runs to beat Lancashire 305 and 296 for 7 declared (Croft 103*)When this morning's play began Lancashire had a lead of 188 over Northamptonshire and all their second-innings wickets in hand. By the time the long day closed at 7.20pm they had reduced the visitors to 59 for 3 and a victory target of 425 appeared merely fantastical. A good day for the Red Rose, you might think, and you would be correct. Yet much of their batting had been so careless that it might have been designed to have their head coach, Glen Chapple, emulating Bertie Wooster's Aunt Agatha and hopping about with a hatchet.The one player...
Matt Parkinson finally gets his moment as Lancashire hold the upper hand
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Matt Parkinson finally gets his moment as Lancashire hold the upper hand

ReportSpinner emerges from long winter on England fringes with three fine wickets against NorthantsLancashire 305 (Bohannon 68, Davies 57, Kerrigan 4-60, Taylor 4-91) and 60 for 0 lead Northamptonshire 177 (Rossington 49, Kerrigan 45*, Bailey 3-32, Parkinson 3-49) by 188 runsApril advances and so does the cricket season. Though there is still morning frost in the hollows on the Moss between Southport and Burscough Bridge, the trees' delicate greening heralds the year's rapid transformation from dearth to plenty. Last Sunday Emirates Old Trafford was briefly covered in snow, yet on Wednesday morning Lancashire and Northants picked five spinners for this game, three of them specialists. Cricketers sometimes complain about the weather but what would our game be without three seasons' climatic...
Simon Kerrigan shines on return to Old Trafford that once seemed, to him, unlikely
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Simon Kerrigan shines on return to Old Trafford that once seemed, to him, unlikely

ReportNorthants spinner 'proud' of three wickets against former side, having doubted at times that he'd be backLancashire 264 for 8 (Bohannon 68, Davies 57, Kerrigan 3-53, Taylor 3-72) vs NorthamptonshireThe short run-up was familiar and so was the number 10 on the back of the spinner's shirt. Home spectators, if spectators of any variety there had been on the first morning of this game, would have recognised it only too fondly. Perhaps some of them did so while watching on the live stream and mayhap their thoughts went back to Taunton in 2011 and a 22-year-old lad being acclaimed as one of the best slow bowlers in the country. On that September evening nearly a decade ago Simon Kerrigan celebrated Lancashire's first title for 77 years with his team-mates. And today he returned to Old Traf...