Warning for Lancashire

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Lancashire managed to escape, temporarily, a penalty from a Test and County Cricket Board panel yesterday but capitulated to Phil Tufnell in their pursuit of 130 for victory at Old Trafford. After 17 wickets fell on Tuesday's first day, the panel was summoned by the umpires.

After Tufnell added 7 for 49 to his first innings haul of 6 for 74 to take Middlesex to a 23-run victory the pitch was inspected for five hours. The three-man panel, who took samples of soil and interviewed the head groundsman, Peter Marron, said the pitch had produced excessive spin on the first day.

They warned the county that, if they produced another unsatisfactory championship wicket in the next 12 months, they would forfeit 10 points.

In 1994 Lancashire were penalised 25 points for an unfit championship pitch and earlier this season their track at Southport was reported by the umpires although no action was taken.

Sussex's loss by an innings and 14 runs against Worcestershire was their fourth successive championship defeat. Danny Law provided some rapid, if futile, resistance, with 75 which contained four sixes and nine fours off 45 balls. Alamgir Sheriyar returned a championship-best 6 for 99.

Matthew Maynard's 69 off 44 balls with five sixes put Glamorgan in a position to declare today. On 281 for 6, they are 330 ahead of Hampshire.

Gloucestershire have offered their 33-year-old captain, Courtney Walsh, a new two-year contract.

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