Wait is over for Lancashire

September 16, 2011

picture by SGGH

Lancashire have been crowned County champions for the first time since 1934.

The county, led by Peter Moores, and captained by Glen Chapple defeated Somerset by eight wickets at Taunton yesterday.

The reason they lifted the trophy last night was thanks to Hampshire grinding out a draw against Warwickshire, who were favourites at the start of yesterday to take the big prize. Warwickshire needed to take seven Hampshire wickets yesterday but were unable to do this. This was largely because of Michael Carberry and Neil McKenzie who both hit stubborn centuries.

Having been set 211 for victory by Somerset, Lancashire chased down their target with just over 5 overs to spare, ending the 77 year wait for the title.

An interesting stat that will come out of the season was that Lancashire did not play a single match at their home ground, Old Trafford. Due to the development work that has gone on this year they were forced to play the majority of their games at Aigburth, with Blackpool and Southport also being used.

On paper Lancashire did not have the side that they once did, but through team spirit and good direction they have forced their way to the peak of the domestic game. Peter Moores has now won the championship with Sussex and Lancashire and it underlines what a good coach he has been over the years, despite what Kevin Pietersen thinks.

Chris Murtagh 16/09/2011

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