County Championship: Worcestershire beat Lancashire for first win of season

Worcestershire's Ed Barnard
Ed Barnard is Worcestershire's leading wicket-taker in the Championship this summer with 27
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Blackfinch New Road (day four):
Worcestershire 247 & 484-7 dec: Mitchell 163, Guptill 111, Fell 62, Cox 58*
Lancashire 130 & 399: Jennings 177, Davies 64; Barnard 4-95
Worcestershire (20 pts) beat Lancashire (3 pts) by 202 runs

Worcestershire registered their first Championship win of the summer as they beat Lancashire by 202 runs on the final day at New Road.

The Red Rose county's last four wickets went down after lunch for one run, three to Ed Barnard (4-95), as they were bowled out for 399.

Keaton Jennings was Lancashire's main hope of batting out time for a draw, but he was bowled by Patrick Brown.

England opener Jennings made 177 from 295 balls, including 27 fours.

But he could do nothing about a delivery from Brown which seemed to keep a little low and hit his off stump.

His downfall left Lancashire 359-6 at lunch, having resumed day four on 269-4 after being set a target of 602, but their fourth defeat of the season was not long in coming after the restart.

Jordan Clark (33) got a thin edge to the keeper from a ball by Ross Whiteley and Barnard won lbw decisions against Stephen Parry and Tom Bailey before bowling Graham Onions to end the game.

Danny Lamb was left on 33 not out in his first Championship innings, having joined the game part-way through as a concussion replacement for Joe Mennie.

Worcestershire head coach Kevin Sharp told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"It has been coming, to be honest. At the start of the season, we were so near and yet so far at times.

"Since the poor defeat against Notts, I felt we were getting nearer to a win. We went to Surrey and played very well down there and had a very close encounter with Essex.

"The lads have been outstanding here. The pitch has got better and better the last couple of days. It has not done as much off the seam.

"The resilience and patience and character that they are showing is there to see. We're now able to overcome those types of situations."

Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It is fairly clear that we lost the game on day one. It was a very strange day. To have them 80-5 for lunch and for them to go on and make 247 was too many on that pitch.

"Again, we were then 77-0 with five or six overs to go of that first day and you don't really expect to be five wickets down.

"Those two pockets of play immediately after lunch and the last few overs before the close cost us the whole game.

"Some of our levels of performance are high and it was a fantastic effort by us in the second innings especially from Keaton. He showed a really disciplined and professional approach to batting."

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