Lancs finally win cricket crown
The Red Rose, who last claimed the title outright in 1934, chased down 211 to secure an eight-wicket win and pip Warwickshire to the crown.
At the start of the day, the Midlands side looked favourites to win the Championship as they were on course for a comfortable win over already-relegated Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.
However, they were left frustrated by a resilient home batting display as Michael Carberry and Neil Mckenzie both made centuries, leaving the door open for the Red Rose.
Lancashire themselves had been held up by a century from Peter Trego, but three wickets from Simon Kerrigan and skipper Glen Chapple – bowling despite suffering a suspected torn hamstring, saw Somerset out for 310.
It left Lancashire needing 211 from 34 overs to claim the trophy, with Warwickshire’s clash with Hampshire finishing as a draw.
Paul Horton and Stephen Moore shared a blistering 131-run opening partnership in just 17 overs to set up the win.
And Steven Croft (40) and Karl Brown (33) steered them home amidst scenes of jubilation at Taunton.