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Anderson and Onions for England?

Lancashire beat Derbyshire by 10 wickets

Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone says England could do worse than having not just one 36-year-old but two spearheading the Test attack against Australia this summer.

England's all-time top Test wicket taker Jimmy Anderson is, of course, a shoo-in for the Ashes series. He now has 28 scalps in five Division Two matches in 2019.

But former Durham paceman Graham Onions, 42 days his junior and not used by England since June 2012, is not far behind with 25 wickets, after the pair finished off Derbyshire.

Jimmy Anderson and Graham Onions have taken 53 Division Two wickets between them this summer
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"Jimmy Anderson and Graham Onions are bowling as well as I've seen," Livingstone told BBC Radio Lancashire. "The way they bowled in this game was outstanding.

"They were unplayable at times on that pitch. Certainly, fielding at second slip you feel you are in the game every ball. If they went into the first Test as an opening bowling pair I'm sure Australia would struggle."

Rain stops play in Liverpool again

Lancashire 449, Leicestershire 288 & 26-1

Just two more overs managed on Merseyside and off they come again - so they are taking lunch.

It is starting to look like Lancashire are going to be denied the chance of victory by the weather for the second game running, following last week's two lost days in Gloucestershire at Cheltenham College.

Time for BBC Radio Leicester's Richard Rae to put his hat on again . . .

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Foxes not following the sun

Lancashire 449, Leicestershire 288 & 5-1 (match resumes 11:00)

Leicestershire's Mark Cosgrove says one of the things holding back the Foxes has been the generally poor early summer weather. And it has not been at its best for them again in Liverpool this week.

"It's been tough this season," the Australian told BBC Radio Leicester. "It feels like we've never seen the sun. As soon as we get our pads on the lights come on and the clouds come in."

Cosgrove hit a season's best 70 against Lancashire at Aigburth which, aided by 87 from South African Dieter Klein and 37 apiece from debutant wicketkeeper Harry Swindells and Callum Parkinson, came within 12 runs of saving the follow-on.

But the Foxes, 5-1 overnight for the loss of nightwatchman Chris Wright, still believe they can save the game.

Mark Cosgrove was LBW at Liverpool to fellow thirty-something Graham Onions
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Mark Cosgrove was LBW at Liverpool to fellow thirty-something Graham Onions

"We're really disappointed not to avoid the follow-on because the boys at the lower end batted so well," said Cosgrove.

"It's a pretty nice wicket - you might get the odd one jump up at you or keep low but most of those are every half hour or so and it's not one of those pitches that's a minefield. We showed there are no demons and that we can bat really well and deep. You never know - if we bat well in those first two session we might even get a little lead and you never know where that could take us at the back of the game."

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Headache for Horton in Liverpool

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Captaincy is one of cricket's many great puzzles - but you have to feel for Leicestershire skipper Paul Horton against his former side Lancashire.

There was no danger that Horton would do anything other than bowl on one day one, having seen his side rolled out for 80 on their last visit to Lancashire in the One-Day Cup in April - and with the tendency of out ground cricket to provide trickier batting surfaces.

His captain sensible approach appeared to have been rewarded when Lancashire were reduced to 128-5. And, even when Liam Livingstone got going, when Horton turned to the off spin of Colin Ackerman, it brought a mistimed slog, dropped by another Lancs old boy Callum Parkinson.

Livingstone completed a century as Lancashire went on to post 449. And Horton's luck hasn't changed with the bat. After 37 minutes of difficult work, he edged onto his pad and the ball looped up agonisingly to allow the quick footed Tom Bailey to take a superb diving return catch.

Foxes confident of good reply

Lancashire 449 v Leicestershire (match resumes 11:00)

Leicestershire are facing an uphill battle on Merseyside this morning as, following yesterday's two lost sessions, and given the much-improved weather forecast, they launch their bid to overhaul Division Two leaders Lancashire's first-innings total of 449.

But Foxes fast bowler Chris Wright - who weighed in with two late wickets - is confident that they can respond well.

"It is a slow pitch and not easy to bowl on," he told BBC Radio Leicester. "If you're slightly off line and length it sits up to be hit. If we can play well against the new ball I expect us to get a decent score. But we need to win four or five of the sessions to get something. We certainly feel late in the game it will take some turn so hopefully you will see our spinner Callum Parkinson later on."

Former Essex and Warwickshire fast bowler Chris Wright has taken 21 first-class wickets for his new county this season
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Ex-Essex and Warwickshire fast bowler Chris Wright has taken 21 first-class wickets for his new county this season

Although Lancashire have rested England Test star Jimmy Anderson this week, and are also without Saq Mahmood at Aigburth, fellow fast bowler Tom Bailey is keen to make his mark with the ball following his 57 with the bat.

"As long as the weather holds, we have the bowlers on this pitch to get 20 wickets," Bailey told BBC Radio Lancashire.

Livingstone finds his red ball touch

Lancashire 347-7 v Leicestershire

Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone is the first to admit that he has not found it easy to readjust to red-ball cricket this season, following his time in the IPL with Karachi Kings, followed by two One-Day Cup games on his return for the Red Rose.

But he got it right at in Liverpool yesterday, as he started slowly and patiently to help rebuild Lancashire's innings from 128-5, before blossoming into a fine aggressive knock of 114, his first Championship century since August 2017.

"I've spent a lot of time playing white ball cricket," he told BBC Radio Lancashire. "And I've been beating myself up about why I can't bat for a long time and be nice and patient. It doesn't just come back that easily. But I've worked quite hard over the last couple of weeks to get back into a red-ball rhythm."

Liam Livingstone
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Livingstone's efforts, backed by a half-century from his fellow former Lancs skipper Steven Croft and further supplemented by a late unbroken stand of 64 between Josh Bohannon and Tom Bailey, had helped Lancs to within three runs of a fourth batting point by the close.

But it was not all toil for Leicestershire, especially their young debutant wicketkeeper Harry Swindells, who safely pouched three catches.

"Being a Leicester lad, making my debut is all I've dreamt of so it was a very proud moment for me and my family and a day I'll remember for the rest of my life," he told BBC Radio Leicester. "There is a big build up and you think about a lot of stuff beforehand but when you get out there it's just another game."