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Perfect ending for Foster

Lancashire retained their Incrediball County Championship title with a win over Somerset at the final played at Derby.

Winning the toss, Somerset elected to bat first on a drying wicket.

Pete Buchanan became the first wicket to fall when he was bowled by Callum Savage for eight.

Nick Deane was the next to fall when he was caught off Alan Foster, playing his last game before retirement, with the score on 49.

The bowling attack of Lancashire held the upper hand throughout the Somerset innings with the exception of Kieran Cosens who fell for a well made 72.

Lancashire Incrediball

The victorious Lancashire side pose with the trophy after beating Somerset at Derby to retain the Incrediball County Championship

Somerset were eventually were bowled all out for 128 in 36.4 overs. Stefan Holmes finished with bowling figures of 4-28 while there were two wickets apiece for Foster and Steve Kenny.

In reply, Lancashire were three for two when Cosens bowled Kenny and Zac Green was smartly run out from a Buchanan throw.

With the bowlers again holding the upper hand throughout, Lancashire had to battle hard for every run.

Opener Nigel Robinson provided stubborn resistance but when the seventh wicket fell with the total on 89, the game was very much in the balance.

Robinson was joined by the experienced campaigner Foster and they took Lancashire over the line with an unbroken partnership of 40. Robinson finished on 36 not out and Foster on 16.

Man of the match was awarded to Cosens for his 72 runs and 2-12 with the ball.