Lancs seal win against Surrey to finish in second place
Liam Livingstone and Shivnarine Chanderpaul took just 5.5 overs to wrap up Lancashire’s fifth victory of the season and in the process clinch the Specsavers County Championship runners-up spot at the expense of visitors Surrey.
Lancashire finished second in the table on 176 points, our highest position since the title-winning season of 2011 and this fourth win at Emirates Old Trafford is the most at headquarters since 2000.
Surrey finished in third place on 163 points.
Both Chanderpaul and Livingstone were into their stride quickly this morning picking up a boundary apiece in the first two overs and that positive start continued with the pair racing to the victory target in only 25 minutes of play.
The end came swiftly as 23 runs were plundered from one over from Scott Borthwick, Livingstone pulling the first ball for six over long-on and Chanderpaul then hitting consecutive sixes followed by a drive for four to clinch victory.
Livingstone finished what has been a fine game for him on 69 not out while Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 43 with Lancashire taking 20 points from the game and Surrey 4 points.
“It was a tough low scoring game, which is unusual at Emirates Old Trafford, said Head Coach Glen Chapple.
“It was quite stressful because we knew from the start it was going to be a result and that we had to win it to finish second, so we are delighted with coming out on top.”
It was a positive way to finish the season, which Chapple acknowledged.
“The amount of work the lads have put in (this season), and challenging for first place for much of the time in such a tough division, we were determined to finish well having lost the previous two games.
“To win here was a great effort by the boys.”
Liam Livingstone had a fine game contributing with both bat and ball and Chapple said: “Liam has had a good season but for him to take wickets and turn the game for us, that’s another dimension to his game.
“He’s had a great game.
And Chapple reflected on his first season in charge adding: “I’m proud of how the players have performed.
“They’ve given everything all season. They’ve been determined and resilient and haven’t taken a backwards step.
“We’ve had tough days and tough matches.
“The hunger’s been there all year and we’ve taken it right to the end of the season.
“To come second in a tough division, we have to be pleased with our efforts.
“Obviously teams want to win trophies but this is a good step forward from where we’ve been and we have to be pleased with it.
“We have to consider ourselves as a developing team.
“We’ve got young players both at the top of the order and we have young bowlers coming through and doing well.
“We’ve been solid and we are looking to build on that.”
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