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Lancashire paceman James Anderson equals Botham wickets record

Anderson equals Botham's record Credit: PA Pictures

Lancashire paceman James Anderson has equalled Sir Ian Botham as England's top Test wicket-taker after taking his 383rd scalp against the West Indies in Antigua.

Anderson, on the occasion of his 100th Test cap, had Marlon Samuels caught at gully by James Tredwell to share Botham's place in the history books.

The great all-rounder has stood alone as the nation's most prolific bowler for 23 years, but Anderson is now in position to set a new mark for future generations to follow.

Only 13 players in the history of the game have taken more wickets than 32-year-old Anderson, who began the odyssey with a five-for on debut in 2003.

The cricket season is back

Lancashire's cricket season gets underway this weekend. The Red Rose start with a trip to Derbyshire. Club captain Tom Smith says the club are seriously aiming for promotion this season.

Smith also told Granada Reports about playing with Andrew Flintoff, who he describes as a childhood hero. Flintoff has yet to confirm whether he will return to play for the Red Rose in the T20 Bash competition.

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Anderson hopes to toast success with his own beer

James Anderson is a doubt for England's tri-series opener against Australia in Sydney tomorrow as he recovers from a knee injury.

It's a minor setback for the Lancashire bowler as preparations continue for England's World Cup campaign in Australia and New Zealand next month.

Now before he flew off down under, Anderson celebrated his selection by launching his very own beer.

North West cricketers join Phil Hughes tribute

Cricket players from the North West have posted tributes and pictures of their cricket bats in a moving tribute to Australian player Phil Hughes.

Hughes, 25, died in hospital on Thursday, two days after suffering a fatal head injury when he was struck by a ball during a match in Sydney.

The #putoutyourbats hashtag began trending and Lancashire cricket players Freddie Flintoff, Jos Butler and Ashwell Prince have all paid tribute.

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Mike Watkinson steps down from Lancashire

Mike Watkinson has stepped down as Lancashire's cricket director, the county have announced.

Mike Watkinson has stepped down as cricket director Credit: PA Images

Watkinson leaves the club in the wake of their relegation to the second division of the LV= County Championship, having spent 32 years with the Red Rose in various capacities.

The former England all-rounder, 53, both played for and captained Lancashire before becoming cricket manager in 2002 and, for the last five years, the county's cricket director.

Watkinson said in a Lancashire statement he was "looking forward to a new challenge" after calling time on his Old Trafford career.

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