Lancashire return to top flight

Lancashire - celebrating promotion

Lancashire - celebrating promotion

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Lancashire’s cricketers secured promotion back to LV= County Championship Division One after drawing their last home match of the season with Leicestershire at Emirates Old Trafford.

The Red Rose county claimed 11 points from the weather-affected fixture and saw their return to the top flight confirmed as rain and bad light conspired to deny third-placed Essex of a chance to earn victory at Kent.

The results ensure runaway leaders Lancashire return to Division One with two matches remaining against Gloucestershire at Bristol and Kent at Canterbury.