Lancashire beaten at Edgbaston in final game
Lancashire were beaten by Warwickshire today as Edgbaston but the Red Rose will play Division One cricket next year after Durham beat Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.
Lancashire, in the face of a victory target of 347 - one which never entered the equation on day four at Edgbaston fell from 28-3 overnight to 109 all out 50 minutes after lunch. They lost by 237 runs.
It was their fifth defeat of the season, and they end with 165 points from 16 matches, including three wins and eight draws.
If they are relegated it would be with a haul of 165. No team has ever been relegated with equal or more points.
Durham, set 296 to win on day four, must either win or draw to save Lancashire from spending 2017 in Division Two.
At the time of Lancashire’s defeat, they were 81-1 from 30 overs, with a minimum of 48 remaining in the day.
Night-watchman Simon Kerrigan fought hard for the Red Rose today as he batted through until the early stages of the afternoon for 10 off 117 balls.
But the visitors, who lost three wickets last night, had left themselves with too much to do against a Bears side who secured their own Division One status with victory.
Haseeb Hameed was the first wicket to fall on day four when he edged Chris Wright to second slip for 27, leaving the score at 51-4 in the 31st over - the 13th of the day.
Steven Croft was next to go when he was caught at short-leg off Rikki Clarke’s first ball of the day in the 41st over as the score fell to 57-5.
Liam Livingstone became the third Lancashire batsman to fall before lunch when he edged Jeetan Patel’s off-spinners to slip three overs later.
At that stage, unfortunately, it was a case of when and not if Lancashire would slip to defeat.
Kerrigan fell in similar fashion to Livingstone shortly after lunch as New Zealander Patel took his third wicket of the innings, leaving Lancashire 73-7 in the 52nd.
Jordan Clark fell to Clarke, bowled, at the start of the 55th over with only four more runs added to the total before Tom Bailey fell the same way in Clarke’s next.
Arron Lilley at least managed to get Lancashire’s total above 100 with three fours and a six over straight mid-wicket off Patel in the 60th over as he moved to 27.
The partnership of 26 between Lilley, 27 not out, and Kyle Jarvis proved to be the highest of the innings, but it was ended when the latter was caught at silly mid-off off Clarke in the 61st.
Clarke finished with 4-20 from 10.5 overs.