County Championship: Lancashire beat Worcestershire by six wickets

Lancashire captain Dane Vilas plays a shot
Lancashire captain Dane Vilas scored his third half-century of the Championship campaign to guide his side to victory
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Emirates Old Trafford (day three):
Worcestershire 172 & 154: Fell 40; Gleeson 5-37
Lancashire 201 & 127-4: Vilas 60*; Leach 2-26
Lancashire (20 pts) beat Worcestershire (3 pts) by six wickets

Lancashire held their nerve to beat County Championship promotion rivals Worcestershire by six wickets.

The Pears added five to their overnight total at Old Trafford before Richard Gleeson (5-37) got the last wicket, Joe Leach - 154 all out and a lead of 125.

After losing Haseeb Hameed early on, Lancashire went from 30-1 to 32-4 when Liam Livingstone departed first ball.

But Dane Vilas (60 not out) and Rob Jones (31 not out) guided the hosts to victory after lunch on day three.

Worcestershire were hit by the loss from their attack of of all-rounder Wayne Parnell with a hamstring injury.

Skipper Leach raised hopes when, in successive balls, he removed England opener Keaton Jennings for 23 and then Livingstone - but Vilas and Jones did the job professionally, with an unbroken stand of 95 in 30 overs.

Division Two leaders Lancashire extend their 100% winning record to three victories from three games, ending Worcestershire's own winning start in the process.

Both sides are back in Championship action next Monday (27 May) when Lancashire play Gloucestershire at Cheltenham College and Worcestershire host Middlesex at New Road.

Lancs batsman Rob Jones told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It was a bit of a grind this week, a bit of a weird game to be honest. A lot of wickets fell for not many runs, but thankfully we got over the line.

"It was a great knock from Dane. To come in in that situation and play how he did was brilliant. At 32-4, it was a bit of a new ball wicket. Once you got through that, you could just look to play straight and grind them down.

"It was just one partnership we needed. Myself and Dane just said 'Keep going, ride it through and it will be easier later on'. That's what happened. After lunch, we came out with a positive mindset. It was all about stopping their momentum."

Pears coach Alex Gidman told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"Obviously the lads are really disappointed and frustrated that we've come out second best. But Jimmy Anderson and Graham Onions bowled brilliantly on that first morning.

"We know Anderson is one of the best in the world and Onions has been right up there not too long ago. It was a great experience to come up against that. That shaped the game in many ways.

"Wayne's injury was one of a few things that didn't quite go our way. It was a pretty crucial time to lose any bowler, and Wayne's been bowling well for us. We're not sure how he is. He wasn't fit to play a part today. We'll look at him over the next 24 hours. If we need to scan him, we will."

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