Lloyd guides Lancashire home

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Lancashire remained in fourth place in the Championship with a five- wicket victory over Hampshire yesterday, but it could cost them Warren Hegg, their wicketkeeper. Hegg retired hurt after being struck on the left hand by Heath Streak and could miss today's game against Surrey.

Lancashire, needing another 137 to win, started shakily but Graham Lloyd (97no) and Ian Austin added 87 in 12 overs. Austin fell for 37 but Lloyd completed the victory with his 15th boundary.

A half century by the emergency opener Adrian Pierson and a rapid 79 from Paul Nixon paved the way for Leicestershire's two-wicket win over Somerset. Set 312, the visitors got home with 31 balls to spare.

Ed Giddins registered the first 10-wicket match haul of his career to carry Sussex to victory by an innings and 50 runs against Durham.

David Ripley joins Northamptonshire's squad for today's crucial Championship contest against Middlesex at Uxbridge. Ripley, kept out of the side for most of the season by Russell Warren, stands by and may keep wicket while Warren plays solely as a batsman.

Middlesex hope to be at full strength but it depends on how Richard Johnson's back responds to treatment. If Johnson, who missed the win over Yorkshire, is unable to play, Ricky Fay could make his second Championship appearance. Angus Fraser returns from Test duty and replaces Mark Feltham.

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