Lancashire took 7.1 overs to take the two wickets they needed to complete their innings and 200-run victory over Northants on the final morning of the LV= County Championship Division One game at Emirates Old Trafford.
Simon Kerrigan trapped Graeme White lbw on the front foot for 6 with his first ball of the morning but Muhammad Azhar Ullah stayed with Andrew Hall long enough to allow the South African to complete a deserved half-century.
Moreover, Azhar Ullah slog-swept Kerrigan for two sixes off successive balls and also hit the left-arm spinner for a couple of boundaries before he attempted another massive blow but only succeeded in skying the ball on the leg side. Paul Horton ran round from slip to complete the dismissal of the visitors’ last man for 24.
Kerrigan finished the innings with figures of 4 for 76 while Hall remained undefeated on 50. Indeed, the Northants all-rounder faced 223 balls without being dismissed in the match, thus offering a useful example to his colleagues as they seek to salvage their LV=CC season.
This was about as complete a victory as one finds in the top division of English cricket. Northants enjoyed a good first hour of the game but the remainder of the contest belonged to Glen Chapple’s team.
At almost no point in either of their innings did Northants look like avoiding a very heavy defeat although their determination to resist for as long as possible during their second effort with the bat was admirable.
The Northants captain Stephen Peters said: “It is difficult for us to take much from this game. There was some resistance in the second innings and Andrew Hall’s played really well not to be dismissed in the match.”
“We managed to take the match into the fourth day, albeit only just, but it was always going to be difficult in the second innings as the pitch began to turn more. At the moment we are trying to find something we do in each game which is slightly better than the last.”