Lancashire cricketers crush Notts in style

Petersen - helped see Lancashire home
Petersen - helped see Lancashire home

Lancashire returned to the top flight in emphatic style with a comfortable win over Notts at Old Trafford

In their first match since returning to Division One of the County Championship, Lancashire knocked off the required 86 runs for victory with eight wickets to spare.

The home team did not make the most convincing of starts.

They lost Karl Brown and Haseeb Hameed cheaply as they were reduced to 27 for two

But Alviro Petersen and Luke Procter steadied the ship and saw Lancashire to their target before lunch, securing a win worth 22 points.

Procter, who ended 35 not out, finished the match in style with a six over deep mid-wicket, as Samit Patel was hit for 19 runs from the final over.

Kiwi seamer Neil Wagner was the man of the match as he took 11 wickets on his Lancashire debut.

Notts' defeat was their first of the season - they beat last summer's Division Two champions Surrey by three wickets at Trent Bridge in their opening Championship match of 2016.