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Lancashire finish First-Class season unbeaten

Lancashire finish First-Class season unbeaten

A draw at Leicestershire in the final Specsavers County Championship confirmed Lancashire's unbeaten First-Class season, their first since 1974

Lancashire have finished the 2019 First-Class season unbeaten after the final match of the season finished in a draw against Leicestershire at the Fischer County Ground.

With large amounts of the game lost to rain, any other result looked highly unlikely and so it proved as the teams shook hands after the rain returned again just after 4pm.

Dane Vilas' side finish with eight wins and six draws from 14 matches, the first unbeaten First-Class season since 1974.

Glen Chapple's men were already confirmed as Champions during last week's win over Middlesex and lifted the trophy at Emirates Old Trafford.

But there was still a job to do in remaining without defeat and it was confirmed in the East Midlands, where Richard Gleeson again impressed with nine wickets in the match to put himself top of Lancashire's Division Two wicket-takers.

Damp areas on the outfield meant play began an hour late, meaning the game had already lost 173 overs to the weather before Leicestershire resumed their second innings on their overnight score of 40/1, a lead of 25.

The Foxes immediately lost captain Paul Horton, who had yet to add to his overnight 30 when he was comprehensively cleaned up by a Gleeson delivery which removed both off and middle stumps.

With Hassan Azad playing an anchor role, Colin Ackermann came in and went for his shots, hitting eight fours in going to 37 from 47 balls at the interval, but his dismissal for 49, and that of Mark Cosgrove for just two soon afterwards, both edging Gleeson behind the wicket, signalled the end of any likelihood of Leicestershire declaring and offering Lancashire a late run chase.

Azad passed 50 for the eighth time this season, and was closing in on what would have been his fourth hundred and 1,200 runs for the Championship season - he finished with 1,189 - when the rain returned.

Gleeson, who picked up six wickets in Leicestershire's first innings, finished with nine wickets in the match and 47 in the season.

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