Northants fight a crumb for Peters
Northants fight a crumb for Peters

Lancashire need just two wickets to complete a heavy innings victory, but many of Northamptonshire's batsmen fought as hard as they were able on the third day

Day for a dark room for Northants
Day for a dark room for Northants

So mighty were the records Lancashire eclipsed on day two that one or two statisticians may need a day's rest in a darkened room at the end of this match. Northant's players and supporters might require similar care

Prince, Croft provide rare run glut
Prince, Croft provide rare run glut

Ashwell Prince and Steven Croft sharing in a monstrous fourth-wicket stand in a rare day of runscoring for Lancashire as Northamptonshire suffered

Ambrose and Clarke build on solid foundation
Ambrose and Clarke build on solid foundation

Half-centuries from Tim Ambrose and Rikki Clarke built on previous good work by William Porterfield but Lancashire wiped out the deficit by the end of the day

Porterfield's interminable day
Porterfield's interminable day

William Porterfield's half-century in more than four hours summed up the stoical nature of Warwickshire's innings as their match against Lancashire moved along at pedestrian pace

Smith, Davies provide Lancs grit
Smith, Davies provide Lancs grit

Alex Davies made a half-century and Tom Smith battled for more than 100 balls to be unbeaten on 21 before the rain arrived at Edgbaston

Trego leads Somerset excellence
Trego leads Somerset excellence

On a fine cricket wicket which has rewarded excellence in every major department of the game, Somerset's bowlers were quite outstanding

Davies promotion highlights Lancashire problems
Davies promotion highlights Lancashire problems
Flintoff shows old sparkle on comeback
Flintoff shows old sparkle on comeback

Andrew Flintoff took three wickets on his return for St Annes ahead of a potential Lancashire comeback in Friday's Roses T20 at Old Trafford

Clouds gather over Tunbridge Wells
Clouds gather over Tunbridge Wells

Jamie Clifford, Kent's chief executive, has said that "the immediate future of the Tunbridge Wells week does need to be sorted out very soon"

Northeast helps keep Ajmal quiet
Northeast helps keep Ajmal quiet

Sam Northeast is in danger of having a promising future behind him but made a smart half-century to keep Saeed Ajmal at bay as Kent put up a solid total on the opening day with Worcestershire

Yates weathers the storm
Yates weathers the storm

Gary Yates insisted that rain wrecked the chance of an absorbing Lancashire run chase and, as sceptical as some supporters seemed to be, nobody could prove him wrong

Lancashire fail to get the point
Lancashire fail to get the point

Lancashire failed to reach 200 for the third time in four innings before Sussex gave them a lesson at Old Trafford about how to construct an innings

Battling Davies stifles Old Trafford grumbles
Battling Davies stifles Old Trafford grumbles

When bullets meet balsa wood there is generally only one winner. The metaphors regularly employed should have warned that Lancashire would find Sussex's attack hard to handle

Yardy's x-factor audition lasts the day
Yardy's x-factor audition lasts the day

Wannabe entertainment stars underwent their three-minute auditions for x-factor at Old Trafford but Michael Yardy and Kyle Jarvis had an entire day to prove their worth on the square below

A Flintoff comeback? Surely not
A Flintoff comeback? Surely not
Moores the merrier as Lancs escape
Moores the merrier as Lancs escape

Simon Kerrigan and the Manchester weather conspired to deny Warwickshire victory in Peter Moores' final game as Lancashire coach

Horton and Reece pass age-old test
Horton and Reece pass age-old test

The challenge for the Lancashire openers Paul Horton and Luis Reece on a rain-affected day was to survive the remaining 22 overs

Bell stars after Chapple's landmark
Bell stars after Chapple's landmark

Glen Chapple reached 900 first-class wickets for Lancashire but it was the craft of Ian Bell that stood out at Old Trafford

A farewell from Old Trafford
A farewell from Old Trafford

Every time the new England coach Peter Moores renewed his contract with Lancashire the sighs of relief could be heard from Blackpool to Bacup. Now the sighs are tinged with gratitude and disappointment