Procter shines as Lancs draw
All-rounder leaves his best until last on Merseyside
Last Updated: 14/09/12 5:31pm
Luke Procter: The all-rounder claimed seven wickets before adding 36 in draw
All-rounder Luke Procter produced the first seven-wicket haul of his career as relegated Lancashire ended their disappointing LV= County Championship season with a draw against Surrey.
There was no prospect of a result after the first two days washed out at Liverpool, but having already removed Jason Roy and Steven Davies during day three, Procter claimed five more wickets in only 17 balls.
The 24-year-old - who took five wickets for 17 runs in his county's only Championship win of 2012 at Durham in June - finished with figures of 7-71 from 19.1 overs.
The visitors were bowled out for 367 inside 113 overs of their first innings having been 355-5.
Tom Smith then hit 83 of 122 balls while opening partner Procter added 36 as the duo posted 110 runs inside 29 overs, which was the county's highest of the season in this competition.
Surrey took seven points and relegated Lancashire five from the match. The sides finish third and second bottom of Division One respectively.
Zander de Bruyn helped himself to a hundred as Surrey ended day three on 324-5 against relegated Lancashire at Liverpool.
Rain washed out the first two days of play of the final LV= County Championship fixture, a game with nothing but pride on offer.
Surrey demonstrated they have plenty of young batting talent coming through their ranks as opener Rory Burns looked calm and collected during his 139-ball stay at the crease, which included six fours.
The 22-year-old left-hander missed out on his second ton of the summer when he was caught behind by Alex Davies off Tom Smith for 73 during the visitors' most difficult spell of the day in the afternoon.
Luke Procter bowled Jason Roy and had out-of-form Steven Davies caught behind in the space of three balls in the 57th over as the score slipped to 178-5.
De Bruyn and Tom Jewell, who reached 50 off 115 balls and faced 126 in all, shared an unbroken 146 inside 43 overs for the sixth wicket and it remains to be seen whether the sides will look to manufacture a result on the final day.
Lancashire and Surrey were left frustrated as their LV= County Championship match at Liverpool fell victim to bad weather for the second day running.
Both sets of players got out onto the field to warm up just before an early lunch was taken at 12pm, but rain arrived shortly afterwards to force an abandonment at 1pm.
This is Lancashire's eighth washed out day of their Division One campaign and their number of overs lost now totals 1,811.
The county's hierarchy have been keen to stress that the poor weather this summer has not been to blame for their relegation just a year on from their title success, but there is still plenty of frustration.
Cricket director Mike Watkinson said: "It's cold, it's wet and it's got an
end-of-season feel to it.
"It's gone from being a remarkable 2011 to a forgettable 2012 for many reasons. We don't know what 2013 will hold in store for us weather-wise, but what it will have is a bunch of very committed cricketers hoping to put one or two things right to get us back on track again."
Lancashire's disappointing Division One campaign continued as day one of their LV= County Championship match against Surrey was washed out at Liverpool.
With both sides' fate sealed last week - Lancashire were relegated and Surrey secured their Division One status for 2013 - there has been a number of changes made to the squads ahead of the final match of the season.
Lancashire's overseas players Ashwell Prince and Murali Kartik have been rested, as has Surrey's Kevin Pietersen.
Lancashire will also hand a Championship debut to wicketkeeper Alex Davies, an 18-year-old who featured prominently in England Under-19's recent World Cup campaign in Australia. Regular keeper Gareth Cross is playing second XI cricket this week.
While Surrey are aiming for their third win in four matches, Lancashire go in search of only their second win of a forgettable season.
Cross, meanwhile, was due to play in Lancashire's second XI one-day Trophy final against Durham at nearby Crosby on Monday, which was also postponed. That has been rearranged for Thursday.