Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Emirates Old Trafford (day three of four)
Lancashire 418: Bohannon 174, Livingstone 71
Derbyshire 244 & 129: Hughes 33; Bailey 3-14, Parkinson 3-28, Maxwell 3-39
Lancashire (23 pts) beat Derbyshire (3 pts) by an innings and 45 runs
Lancashire have secured promotion to Division One of the Specsavers County Championship after defeating Derbyshire by an innings and 45 runs at Emirates Old Trafford.
Tom Bailey, Glenn Maxwell and Matt Parkinson claimed three wickets each as the Red Roses sealed victory with a day to spare.
Derbyshire lost their last three wickets in 11 balls to hand Lancashire their third largest win of the season under gloomy skies in Manchester.
Having added 149 runs to their overnight lead, the hosts were eventually all out for 418 – with a lead of 174 runs.
Josh Bohannon added 24 runs before falling for a career-best 174. Dane Vilas (51) scored his seventh Championship half-century of the year and passed 1,000 runs for the campaign.
The Old Trafford outfit were disciplined with the ball and Bailey got his side off to a fine start. He claimed three for 14 in seven overs to reduce the visitors to 53 for three.
Alex Hughes top-scored for Derbyshire with 33 before Richard Gleeson took a stunning catch at backward square-leg to remove him. Madsen (28) was the only other man to score more than 20.
Lancashire only need five points from their remaining two matches to clinch the Division Two title.
WHAT THEY SAID
After a sealing promotion, Lancashire Head Coach, Glen Chapple, said: “We’ve achieved our main aim this season. We’ve played well so far and it’s a nice feeling with two games to go.
“The cricket that we have played so far this year has been of the highest standard.
“We didn’t want to risk taking our foot off the gas having played so well for so long. We’ve suffered disappointment in the knock-out stages of both the One-Day Cup and T20 Blast so to finish strong is important,” he added
“We were under quite a bit of pressure when you think about it. There were other teams that wanted to go up who may now miss out because they’ve had seasons where they would have expected to do better. That’s just the nature of cricket.
“Whilst we knew that we had the squad to achieve it, the lads had to go out and deliver. That’s part of pressure of being with a big club and we’re happy with how they’ve done.”
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