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Lancashire Second XI win Championship trophy

Lancashire Second XI win Championship trophy

Second XI report from the Isle of Wight

Lancashire have won the Second XI Championship after rain washed out the final day of the final against Hampshire.

The Red Rose’s first innings lead of 104 proved to be decisive when the weather prevented any play on Friday at Newclose on the Isle of Wight. The hosts had been reduced to 66/6 by the close of play on Thursday, still 38 short of Lancashire, with Josh Bohannon chipping in with three wickets late on day three.

It is Lancashire’s first outright Second XI title win since 1997, having shared the championship with Middlesex in 2013.

After the weather had allowed only seven overs on day one, Lancashire bowled Hampshire out for 248 on Wednesday with Saqib Mahmood taking 4/76.

It was nip and tuck when Lancashire batted until the lower middle order took coach Chris Benbow’s side ahead of Hampshire’s total. Mike McKiernan hit a quick 34 from number nine, but a rapid century stand for the ninth wicket from Arron Lilley, who made 72 at a run-a-ball, and Liam Hurt helped towards the final total of 352.

Bohannon’s 3/8 added to his useful two-wicket haul from Hampshire’s first innings, and Lancashire’s title win was confirmed when the rain wiped out any possibility of play on Friday.

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