Lancashire survive pitch punishment

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An ECB pitch panel comprising pitch liaison officers Bill Hughes and Jack Birkenshaw was convened to consider the pitch used for the LV= County Championship match at Old Trafford commencing on 18 July between Lancashire and Worcestershire.

After interviewing the umpires, the captain and coach of both teams and the Lancashire head groundsman, the pitch panel determined that the pitch had demonstrated excessive turn and should therefore be rated "poor".

The pitch panel also determined that there were sufficient extenuating circumstances relating to the weather that prevailed during the preparation period of the pitch that meant that there would be no points penalty.