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Luke Wells’ 175* sees Lancashire to victory over Warwickshire

Lancashire 291 (Croft 90, Norwell 5-78) and 329 for six (Wells 175*, Jones 66) beat Warwickshire 292 and 327 for 9 dec (Davies 121, Brookes 55) by 4 wickets

Lancashire strengthened their place among the many LV=Insurance coverage County Championship Division One leaders after a wonderfully executed run chase led by Luke Wells’ unbeaten 175 introduced them a four-wicket victory over Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

The Pink Rose, set a goal of 329 in a day and 4 overs, reached 329 for five with 24 balls to spare.

They have been in jeopardy at 93 for 4 however Wells, who hit 22 fours and a six from 280 balls, batted superbly alongside Rob Jones, who scored 66 off 138 balls, in a fifth-wicket stand of 162 in 45 overs.

Lancashire’s third win of the season retains them inside attain of Division One leaders Surrey on the midway level of the season. Reigning champions Warwickshire, in the meantime, with only one win from seven video games, have all of it to do to retain their title and sit too near the other finish of the desk for consolation.

Lancashire resumed on the ultimate morning on 5 with out loss, needing to make the best complete of the match to win. They added solely one other 14 earlier than Olly Hannon-Dalby struck twice in an over. Keaton Jennings edged to 3rd slip and, three balls later, Josh Bohannon fell lbw.

When Steven Croft was lured into driving at a wideish ball from Henry Brookes and edged to wicketkeeper Michael Burgess, the Pink Rose have been 53 for 3.

Dane Vilas’ irritating match with the bat then continued. Given out caught when he appeared to not have hit the ball within the first innings, his second knock ended in several however equally exasperating style… run out backing up. A sweetly-timed straight drive from Wells was diverted on to the stumps on the non-striker’s finish by Liam Norwell – rotten luck for the Lancashire captain, however credit score to the large paceman for getting down shortly to parry the ball onto the stumps.

That was the one wicket to fall within the afternoon session as Wells and Jones consolidated to take their aspect to 167 for 4 at tea, at which level, with 162 runs or six wickets wanted from a minimal of 35 overs, all outcomes remained doable.

On a flattening pitch, Wells and Jones performed with growing freedom to take Lancashire into the final 20 overs needing 91. Jones fell in pursuit of his eleventh 4, well-caught at deep sq. leg by Alex Davies, however the wicket didn’t stem the run-flow as George Balderson (33 from 43 balls) helped Wells seal the victory with a measured partnership of 70 in 12 overs.

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