Lancashire v Leicestershire: Red Rose frustrated by rain

Old Trafford
LV CC Division Two, Emirates Old Trafford
Close, day three: Lancashire 453-7 v Leicestershire 60-3
Lancashire 5 pts, Leicestershire 2 pts
Match scorecard

Lancashire's hopes of confirming their promotion to Division One are likely to be put on hold after rain left them frustrated at Old Trafford.

Resuming day three on 344-4, Paul Horton quickly departed for 156.

Luke Procter (44), Alex Davies (30 not out) and Tom Smith (30) all contributed towards the hosts securing full batting points, before declaring on 453-7.

Oliver Newby (2-27) removed both openers as Leicestershire reached 60-3 but rain arrived at 14:00 BST.

With better weather forecast, the Red Rose now require 17 wickets on the final day to secure the win which would confirm their promotion back to Division One.

Meanwhile, Leicestershire's Ben Raine has been handed a one-year contract.

The 21-year-old all-rounder, who is playing in his third Championship game for the club, took 1-59 in Lancashire's first innings.

But Robbie Williams, who last played a first-class game for Leicestershire at the end of May, has not been offered a new deal.

Match scorecard