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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.

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