Thatscricket - News - Murali spins Lancashire to win despite Law's century
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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London: A dazzling display by Sri Lankan spin king Muthiah Muralitharan helped Lancashire crush Essex by nine wickets at Old Trafford on Friday for their third consecutive English County Championship victory. Despite a century in each innings from Australia batsman Stuart Law, the visitors could not live with Muralitharan, who returned impressive match figures of 10 for 123.Essex was all out for 257 in its second innings with Law on 123 not out, which left Lancashire needing just 53 runs for victory. Lancashire reached the target for the loss of just one wicket and has climbed to second place in the First Division after securing 19 points while defeat for Essex leaves it in danger of being relegated.Losing was a bitter pill to swallow for Queensland stalwart Law who has now scored 305 runs in three Championship innings without being dismissed.Muralitharan's figures from 87 overs, which included 36 maidens, was the sixth time he has taken 10 wickets for Lancashire in only 11 appearances and in one of those matches he did not bowl.The Sri Lankan has now taken a total of 94 Championship wickets since joining the club in 1999.The day's other outstanding individual performance came from Zimbabwean Murray Goodwin who struck a career best 203 not out for Sussex to follow up his first innings 115 against Nottinghamshire in the Second Division fixture at Trent Bridge.Goodwin, 28, who retired from Test cricket last season to earn more money on the first-class circuit with Western Australia and Sussex, struck two sixes and 27 fours during his innings which lasted just short of six hours. It was the first double century of his career.Fellow opener Richard Montgomerie was 160 not out, Sussex declaring on 372 for nought. Nottinghamshire is set for a tough final day on Saturday. Needing 447 to win they finished on 16 for one at Friday's close.