Lancashire set the pace despite washout

Giles - Lancashire will move on
Giles - Lancashire will move on
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Lancashire are the clear leaders in division one of the Specsavers County Championship, even though their match with Middlesex at Lord’s was abandoned when rain meant there was no play on day four.

Middlesex had been due to resume their first innings on 419 for five in reply to 513, but the weather meant not a single ball was bowled.

The result moves Lancashire nine points clear of reigning champions Yorkshire, who are second having played a game less, while Middlesex took 11 from the contest, lifting them into third.

Ashley Giles, Lancashire’s head coach, said after the conclusion of the Lord’s match: “That was the flattest wicket we have played on this year.

“We were heading for a draw here anyway and, overall, we’ve got something out of the match.

“We’ll move on and, with the division very bunched up due to all the weather-affected games we’ve

Lancashire take on Yorkshire at Headingley on Friday night in a T20 clash.