County Championship Division One: Lancashire clinch opening win of the season

Out of the three games in Division One, two ended in a draw with Lancashire the only side to claim victory in the second round of fixtures.

County Championship Division One: Lancashire clinch opening win of the season
Petersen sealed Lancashire's victory in style, with a maximum (Photo: Getty Images)

Lancashire won their opening match of the new Specsavers County Championship campaign as they chased down the low total to beat Nottinghamshire by eight wickets.

However, the other two games in Division One were stalemates as Yorkshire managed to secure a draw against Hampshire at Headingley.

It was runs galore once again at Lord’s where Middlesex were held to a draw by Warwickshire, after Sam Robson broke several batting record in the process.

Lancashire celebrate their win from the opening game of the season (Photo: Getty Images)
Lancashire celebrate their win from the opening game of the season (Photo: Getty Images)

Lancs ease to win over Notts

Lancashire, who were promoted from Division Two last season, started the day needing 86 runs for victory, but they suffered a set-back early on.

Karl Brown and Haseeb Hameed departed, which left the hosts on 27 for 2, but Alviro Petersen (31) and Luke Proctor (35) guided their side to victory before lunch.

The low total to chase down was all set up by some fine bowling from Neil Wagner, who took 11 wickets in the game, and the Red Rose county have begun the new season in fine form.

Warwickshire and Middlesex played out a draw at Lord's (Photo: Getty Images)
Hampshire and Yorkshire played out a draw at Lord's (Photo: Getty Images)

Hampshire held to draw with Yorkshire

Hampshire came into the final day with a slender chance of snatching a victory after Sean Ervine and James Vince took the visitors to within 140-runs of Yorkshire.

They declared after Chris Wood departed to give them a chance to bowl the hosts out, and at one stage it looked likely after they were reduced to 43 for 4.

Andrew Gale (46) and Liam Plunkett (27*) guided the hosts to 183 for 8 before they declared, but both sides settled for a draw as a result wasn’t possible with the time remaining.

Sam Robson has staked his claim for an England spot with 337-runs in the game against Yorkshire (Photo: Getty Images)
Sam Robson has staked his claim for an England spot with 337-runs in the game against Warwickshire (Photo: Getty Images)

Robson breaks records as Middlesex and Bears draw

Robson, who scored a double century, added 106 in the second-innings to end up with the county-record for most runs in a match.

Middlesex captain Adam Voges (92) progressed the score along with the opener, but with just over an hour to play in the day, both sides shook hands for the draw with the hosts on 304 for 6.

Warwickshire have now drawn both of their opening two games this season, but Middlesex have now not beaten the Bears in 20 occasions now.