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Lancashire promoted to County Championship Division One

Lancashire have secured promotion to County Championship Division One after their match at Kent ended in a draw.

The Red Rose county needed to bat out the final day in Canterbury to secure promotion back to the top flight.

Steven Croft led the way, top scoring with 72 not out.

It caps a great week for Lancashire who won the T20 Blast competition last weekend.

Lancashire triumph in T20 final

Lancashire are the T20 Blast champions after a 13-run win over Northants in the final at Edgbaston.

The Lightning triumphed in their third final appearance to win their first limited overs trophy since 1999.

They set the Steelbacks a target of 167, the highest on a low-scoring Finals Day. Alex Davis top-scored with 47 off 26 balls to be named man of the match.

Lancashire had reached the final with a 6-wicket win over Hampshire.

James Faulkner, who starred with bat and ball in the semi-final, dislocated his finger in the final. The Australian all-rounder described it as "a day I'll never forget."


Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone signs new deal as Red Rose close on promotion

Lancashire's Liam Livingstone has signed a new deal with the Red Rose Credit: PA Images

Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone is one of three young players to be handed new deals by the club.

The 22-year-old, who made his debut for the Red Rose earlier in the summer, suffered facial injuries after allegedly being glassed in a bar brawl in Kent last Saturday night.

Earlier in the day he had featured in Lancashire's win over Kent in the NatWest T20 Blast but has not played since.

In total, he has made 14 appearances in the shortest format while he made a positive impact in his only Royal London One-Day Cup appearance to date with a counter-attacking 91 in another victory over Kent.

Along with all-rounders Arron Lilley and Jordan Clark, both 24, he has committed himself to the county for the foreseeable future.

Lancashire cricket director and head coach Ashley Giles said:

"Arron, Liam and Jordan very much represent the next generation for Lancashire County Cricket Club and I'm delighted that we have been able to secure their immediate futures."

– Ashley Giles

The future may be even brighter for Lancs as they close in on promotion from the County Championship Division 2.

They lead Glamorgan by 280 runs on Day 4 of their encounter at Old Trafford but need another 14 wickets on the final day to confirm their promotion to the top division.

Lancashire captain Smith to miss rest of the season

Lancashire captain Tom Smith has been ruled out for the rest of the season Credit: Granada

Lancashire captain Tom Smith has been ruled out for the remainder of the season through injury, the club have announced.

The 29-year-old all-rounder will undergo an operation on the back problem which has limited him to just one LV= County Championship match in 2015 and he will play no further part this term .

Cricket Director and head coach Ashley Giles said:

"This is a huge blow for Tom and for the club."

"As club captain, Tom remains a very important part of the team and our season, and we look forward to him being able to start the journey to play after the operation."

– Ashley Giles
Smith has only managed one County Championship game in 2015 Credit: Granada

Smith, who succeeded Glen Chapple as captain in February, added:

"It is frustrating that I won't be able to play again this season, but I will be in good hands with the medical staff at the club. I would like to thank everybody at the club for their support and I would like to wish the lads all the best for the rest of the season."

– Tom Smith, Lancashire Captain

Smith was named as Lancashire's Player of the Year in 2014 after taking 54 wickets and scoring 773 runs, although he was not able to save the club from relegation from Division One.

Lancashire are currently top of the Division Two table with six wins and just one defeat from 10 matches.

Injured Buttler to be replaced by Bairstow in England team

Jos Buttler will be replaced by Jonny Bairstow in England's squad ahead of the fifth one-day international with New Zealand after the Lancashire man split the webbing on his left hand in practice on Friday morning.

Buttler has been in fine form with the bat Credit: PA Images

Less than 24 hours before the Royal London Series decider, Buttler had to leave practice at Emirates Durham to have protective bandage on the wound.

Despite having Kent gloveman Sam Billings in their ranks, England have opted for further cover behind the stumps by drafting in Yorkshireman Bairstow.

"Jonny Bairstow has been added to the squad as cover for Jos Buttler who has split the skin at the base of his thumb on his left hand," said England Cricket on Twitter.

The hosts will wait to see how Buttler's hand recovers before making a final decision on his participation on Saturday morning.

Buttler has been a key part of England's one-day international revival in the current series, hitting his country's second fastest-ever century (from 66 balls) in their national-record 408 for nine in the opening match at Edgbaston last week, having already set the record with a ton from 61 balls against Sri Lanka last year.

"Jos Buttler will be assessed in the morning," added England Cricket.

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