Lancashire v Somerset: Seamers pounce to earn Old Trafford victory

Ryan McLaren celebrates the dismissal of Somerset's James Hildreth at Old Trafford
Ryan McLaren took eight wickets in the match, as well as weighing in with a key 45 with the bat
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Emirates Old Trafford (day four):
Lancashire 109 & 463: Livingstone 168, Davies 130, McLaren 45, Parry 44; Gregory 5-74
Somerset 278: Elgar 113* & 130: Hildreth 43, Trescothick 36; McLaren 4-37, Clark 3-12, Anderson 2-30
Lancashire (19 pts) beat Somerset (5 pts) by 164 runs
Match scorecard

England's record wicket-taker James Anderson had a key role as Lancashire triggered a Somerset collapse to claim their first win of the season.

Having bowled out Lancashire for 467, to set a target of 295 to win, Somerset looked in contention on 78-2.

But Anderson struck twice in 10 balls to remove ex-England team-mates Marcus Trescothick (36) and Steven Davies.

Ryan McLaren (4-37) and Jordan Clark (3-12) ensured Somerset were then shot out for 130 to lose by 164 runs.

After being bowled out in their first innings for 109, before allowing Somerset to open up a first-innings lead of 169, Lancashire's hopes of getting anything other than three bonus points from the game looked grim when they fell to 23-2 second time around midway through day two.

But a 245-run third-wicket stand between stand-in skipper Liam Livingstone and wicketkeeper Alex Davies at least gave them something to bowl at.

And, after lunching on 29-0, seven wickets went down for 78 runs in the afternoon session, including the key wicket of James Hildreth - lbw to McLaren for 43 - to set up victory.

Sparked by Anderson's brilliant spell, only Hildreth and Trescothick made double figures as Somerset, coached by native Lancastrian Matt Maynard, suffered a second successive defeat.

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