LV County Championship - Division One
Lancashire 208 (C T Tremlett 4-49) & 254 (M B Loye 55, A Flintoff 54, Imran Tahir 6-108) v Hampshire 345 (A D Mascarenhas 108, N Pothas 86) & 118-0 (M A Carberry 62 no)
Hampshire (20pts) beat Lancashire (4pts) by 10 wkts
Imran Tahir spun Hampshire to their second LV County Championship win of the season against Lancashire on Saturday.
The 30 year-old leg-spinner claimed four wickets before lunch to finish with figures of six for 108 as the hosts were bowled out for 254 in their second innings.
Facing a first-innings deficit of 137 Lancashire lost their last eight wickets for just 78 runs as Andrew Flintoff, resuming the day on 36, reached 54 before he was caught by Michael Lumb in the slips attempting to pull Dimitri Mascarenhas.
VVS Laxman was then run out by Jimmy Adams attempting a needless second run to square leg before Kyle Hogg, Steven Croft and Francois du Plessis all departed to Tahir. Croft and Du Plessis were caught at short leg and Hogg at first slip.
Luke Sutton (17) was the next to go as he presented a catch to Chris Benham at third slip off the bowling of Chris Tremlett and Sajid Mahmood was caught behind off the bowling of Tahir just before lunch.
Glen Chapple swept the leg-spinner for two sixes in his first two overs after lunch as he added an unbeaten 34 off 52 balls but Gary Keedy was caught at first slip by Dominic Cork to end the innings.
Michael Carberry then led the way for the visitors in their pursuit of just 118 with 62 not out off 73 balls, as Hampshire claimed a 10-wicket win that earns them 20 points to Lancashire's four.
Dimitri Mascarenhas scored a speedy century against Lancashire at Liverpool on Friday to put Hampshire in control of their LV County Championship Division One tie.
The Hampshire captain produced a stunning counter attack to record 108 off 129 balls to propel his side to a first innings total of 345 in reply to the home side's 208.
The England all-rounder was also indebted to his wicketkeeper Nic Pothas for a combative 86 off 112 balls that ensured the visitors gained a first innings lead.
Pothas and Mascarenhas shared a sixth wicket partnership of 55 before Andrew Flintoff got two wickets in two balls in his second over after lunch, those of former county colleague Dominic Cork, caught at first slip by Paul Horton, and Chris Tremlett, caught by Steven Croft at short-leg.
Mascarenhas top-edged Sajid Mahmood to Luke Sutton to end the innings and Lancashire then replied by clearing the first innings deficit of 137.
Mal Loye top scored with 55 and, despite being trapped by Imran Tahir with six overs left in the day, Lancashire look set for a draw with Flintoff unbeaten on 36, as the hosts closed on 144 for two - a lead of seven runs.
Andrew Flintoff made just 12 runs in his latest comeback action as Lancashire stumbled to just 208 all out against Hampshire in Liverpool.
Chris Tremlett returned season's best figures of 4-49 upon his return from an abdominal strain, while former Lancashire man Dominic Cork took 3-43 to help restrict the hosts.
Hampshire struggled themselves with the bat, where Flintoff bowled seven wicket-less overs for 16 runs, and the visitors closed on 124-4 and still 84 runs in arrears.
Flintoff was promoted up the order to number three as play got underway a day late at Aigburth and, although he smacked Dmitri Mascarenhas for a big six into the pavilion, he edged the very next ball to slip to be removed for just six.
Paul Horton top scored for the hosts with 37 off 65 balls and Sajid Mahmood hit a late run-a-ball 30 to give the Red Rose a valuable batting bonus point in helpful bowling conditions.
Tremlett made the most of those conditions as he dismissed Laxman, Francois du Plessis, Steven Croft and Kyle Hogg either side of lunch on his first start for six weeks.
Former Derbyshire and England man Cork enjoyed his return to the North West as trapped Mal Loye, Luke Sutton (25) and Glen Chapple (27) lbw.
The opening day of Lancashire's LV County Championship match against Hampshire was a washout.
Wet weather has proved a constant issue for the Lightning over the years, although the hosts have been able to complete all of their championship matches so far this season.
Torrential rain in the county on Wednesday forced the umpires to abandon the day's play without a ball being bowled, though.
The toss is therefore scheduled to take place on Thursday morning, with both sides looking for a win that would boost their title aspirations significantly.