Paceman Jimmy Anderson misses out on Lancashire title tilt after the England star is left exhausted by four gruelling Tests against India
- Lancashire face leaders Hampshire in search of their first title in a decade
- Lancashire will be without England’s record wicket-taker Jimmy Anderson
- Fourth-placed Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire, in second, also in hunt
Lancashire will be without Jimmy Anderson as the County Championship heads for a thrilling conclusion next week, with four teams in the hunt for the trophy going into the final round.
Leaders Hampshire — who face Lancashire at Liverpool and have not won the title since 1973 — are just 6.5 points ahead of fourth-placed Nottinghamshire, who host Yorkshire at Trent Bridge. Warwickshire, in second, meet Somerset at Edgbaston.
But Lancashire, who are bidding for their first championship title in a decade, must try to complete the job without England’s record wicket-taker, who is exhausted after four gruelling Tests against India.
Lancashire will be without Jimmy Anderson for final County Championship match next week
He bowled 163.3 overs in the series. Only team-mate Ollie Robinson, with 166.2 overs, had a heavier workload on either side.
The news comes as a blow to Lancashire, who are already without fast bowler Saqib Mahmood because of a side strain.
Anderson’s four championship matches this summer brought him 11 wickets at seven apiece, while his last 10 matches in the competition, including six in 2019, have yielded 41 wickets at under nine.
Yorkshire’s hopes of a first title since 2015 were ended on Wednesday by Warwickshire at Headingley, as they slumped from their overnight 50 for three to 117 all out to lose by 106 runs.
Yorkshire’s hopes of a first title since 2015 were ended by Warwickshire at Headingley
Chris Woakes took three for 26, and finished with match figures of six for 66, while Tim Bresnan held six catches at first slip — one short of the world record for an outfielder.
But Yorkshire still have a chance of the top-two finish that would ensure them a place in the final of the Bob Willis Trophy.
They would have to beat Nottinghamshire — who are also chasing a first title since 2010, despite losing to Hampshire on Tuesday — and hope other results go their way.
Meanwhile, if Lancashire beat Hampshire, and Warwickshire take a maximum 24 points from their game against Somerset — who have lost all three Division One matches — the trophy would return to Edgbaston for the first time since 2012.