Everyone was talking about Liam Livingstone after this game, not least the outgoing Lancashire chairman, Michael Cairns, who awarded the allrounder with his county cap at the AGM on Monday evening.
Understandably, a lot of folk were also applauding Alex Davies and Jimmy Anderson and all the praise was well-deserved.
But this was very much a collective triumph for a Lancashire side who have shown in all three four-day games this season that they are up for a scrap if one comes along.
No one epitomised the Lancastrian spirit better than Ryan McLaren, who took eight wickets in the match and shared in an important eighth-wicket partnership with Stephen Parry.Yet it’d be a shame to overlook the penetrative support bowling of Jordan Clark or the three wickets taken by Luke Procter in Somerset’s first innings.
However, a game which Lancashire can use to illustrate their best qualities also revealed the softness of Somerset’s batting when put under pressure and it was easy to feel sorry for their young captain, Tom Abell, who is also taking on the vital No3 batting position.
Maybe it’s useful that Somerset can get stuck in to their One-Day Cup programme for the next couple of weeks or so. Almost anything is better than risking a re-run of the Manchester capitulation.