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Two re­mark­able re­cov­er­ies and two stand­out per­form­ers were cru­cial to Lan­cashire’s vic­tory over Sur­rey at Old Traf­ford – one which se­cured sec­ond place in Di­vi­sion One for a side who were widely tipped as rel­e­ga­tion favourites.

If County Cham­pi­onships were won on grit alone, the ti­tle would be be­ing held aloft at Old Traf­ford this sea­son rather than at Chelms­ford.

Lan­cashire have found them­selves in trou­bling po­si­tions through­out the cam­paign but time and time again have bat­tled their way back.

Sur­rey were on the re­ceiv­ing end of that in just the sec­ond game of the sea­son, when Lan­cashire found them­selves 67-5 be­fore launch­ing a re­mark­able re­cov­ery to post 470 and were at it again in this match.

Steven Croft’s firstin­nings cen­tury took them to a lead that seemed un­likely af­ter a flurry of pre­lunch wick­ets on day two and when Mark Stone­man and Rory Burns put on 154 for the open­ing part­ner­ship, they looked like set­ting Lan­cashire a size­able tar­get.

But that fighting spirit was there again, spear­headed by Liam Liv­ing­stone. Lan­cashire took four wick­ets in 12 balls for six runs and took all ten Sur­rey wick­ets for 88 runs. Liv­ing­stone claimed a ca­reer-best 6-52, be­fore notch­ing 69 in the suc­cess­ful run-chase.

Lan­cashire can be very proud of their sec­ond place, a suc­cess built on their home form. It’s the first time since 2000 they’ve won four matches in a sin­gle sea­son at Old Traf­ford.

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