Specsavers County Championship Division One, Emirates Old Trafford (day four):Surrey 201-8 dec & 242: Stoneman 98, Burns 45; Livingstone 6-52Lancashire 268 & 179-3: Livingstone 69*, Chanderpaul 43*; Clarke 2-50Lancashire (20 pts) beat Surrey (4 pts) by seven wicketsScorecardLancashire needed just 5.5 overs to wrap up a seven-wicket win over Surrey and secure the Division One runners-up spot behind new champions Essex.The Red Rose resumed on 132-3 and Liam Livingstone and Shiv Chanderpaul saw them quickly to their target of 176.Livingstone (69 not out) hit a six at the start of the final over, and Chanderpaul (43 not out) ended the game by hitting two sixes and a four.
It was Lancashire’s fifth Championship win of the season in Division One.They finished 72 points adrift of Essex, but the 20 points earned lifted them above Surrey into second place.Livingstone’s six off Scott Borthwick, his second of his innings to go with eight fours, took him past 800 Championship runs for the season.But it was 43-year-old Chanderpaul who finished things off as leg-spinner Borthwick’s 11 balls cost him 35 runs.Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple told BBC Radio Manchester:”It was identified as a difficult division this year and I don’t think it’s panned out the way that people thought. And we have to be pleased with our efforts and how we’ve played.”We have to be hungry to improve. Ultimately all teams, especially this club, want to win trophies. But we have to be very pleased with our development of players.”Our top four is full of young home-grown players. And I feel we’ve been the strongest we’ve been for many years in terms of getting up to a good start as well as backing up from a tricky one. “But we can look at our away form because we’ve won five games and they’ve all been at home. We’ve lost on three pitches that were results pictures and were ever so slightly outbowled.”Surrey head coach Michael di Venuto told BBC Radio London:”We came here with second place up for grabs and, after a terrific start by the two openers, to collapse like we did was really disappointing, especially to have Kumar Sangakkara not out at the other end.”Third sounds like you should be challenging, but it doesn’t really feel like we were challenging at any stage throughout the season.”It probably flatters us a little bit. We had a solid year, there’s no doubt about that, and showed some improvement, but there’s still plenty of improvement in these boys.”We know we have a talented bunch and it’s important we do improve over the winter and come back raring to go next year.”