Relegation ignominy for Lancashire

Published: Saturday, September 18, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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London:English county giants Lancashire suffered the embarrassment of relegation to the second division for the first time.

Following Gloucestershire's controversial declaration on Thursday, Warren Hegg's side needed to reach 400 for five at Old Trafford to gain enough batting bonus points to give them a chance of beating the drop into the second division.

But at 209 for five, Andy Crook gave the crucial sixth wicket away with an attempted hook caught in the deep. Only Carl Hooper (77) and Dominic Cork (77 not out) reached a half-century as Lancashire were bowled out for 311 at stumps to tie the match with an innings left each. Ian Fisher finished the day with five wickets for 114 runs for the visitors.

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