London: Australian batsman Stuart Law proved his worth to Lancashire with an important 69 as his side scraped past First Division rivals Leicestershire by one wicket at Old Trafford on Monday.
On the fourth and final day of the opening round of County Championship fixtures Law, who left Essex following a dressing room bust-up at the end of last season, batted for two hours and 20 minutes. However, in sight of a century, he followed a wide delivery from Vince Wells and was caught in the slips. Graham Lloyd, son of former Lancashire and England opener David, top-scored with 73 before debutant Kyle Hogg's 11 helped Lancashire reach its victory target of 388. Elsewhere, Surrey, champions in 1999 and 2000, confirmed its Championship credentials with a crushing 10-wicket win over Sussex, last season's Second Division winners. England left-hander Mark Butcher, Surrey's captain while Adam Hollioake takes time out following the death of his brother Ben, made 68 not out as Surrey strolled to 116 without loss. At Canterbury, former Lancashire and England batsman John Crawley extended his debut Hampshire double century to 272, 14 short of his first-class best, before Robin Smith's side were bowled out for a mammoth 671. Kent had already made 577 for seven declared and used what little time there was left to make 163 for four declared, the match ending in a predictable draw. The major winner was the pitch, which yielded 1,411 runs for 19 wickets. New Zealand's Craig Spearman experienced the downside of Championship competition at New Road in Worcester. The Gloucestershire batsman made 111 in his side's first innings but could only manage 14-second time around. Worcestershire eventually bowled out the visitors for a meagre 154 and a thumping 206 run Second Division victory. Meanwhile at Cardiff, Glamorgan wicket-keeper Mark Wallace's maiden first-class century was not enough to prevent Derbyshire winning by 163 runs. Earlier, former Australia paceman Michael Kasprowicz added just four runs to his overnight 32, when he was bowled by England all-rounder and Derbyshire captain Dominic Cork. But the real damage was done by Derbyshire left-arm spinner Lian Wharton, who finished with career-best figures of six for 103. Wallace remained unbeaten on 106 but at 341 all out Glamorgan was well short of its victory target of 505.
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