Cricket: Lancashire Lose Top Status as Hegg Ducks Future Role

The Birmingham Post (England), September 18, 2004 | Go to article overview
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Cricket: Lancashire Lose Top Status as Hegg Ducks Future Role


Byline: Mike McGrath

Lancashire's slim hopes of survival were dashed yesterday at Old Trafford and they were relegated from Division One of the Frizzell County Championship for the first time since two divisions were formed.

Following Gloucestershire's declaration at eight wickets down to deprive Lancashire of a third bowling bonus point, Warren Hegg's side needed to reach 400 for five for the five batting points to give them a chance of beating the drop.

But the home side, shaky at 209 for five, saw Andy Crook caught off an attempted hook. Carl Hooper scored 77 and Dominic Cork 77 not out in a total of 311, leaving the scores level. Ian Fisher took five for 114 for the visitors.

Hegg, whose side had been championship favourites in May, said: 'Obviously we're very disappointed to be going down. A club as big as this belongs in the top flight and unfortunately we are not there.

'We're very low because the boys realise they're going to be playing in the Second Division but we have got good things set in place here.'

Hegg refused to confirm this would be his last match as captain, saying: 'It has been mentioned a lot and I think there will be a statement put out by the club in the next month.

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