Lancashire’s Luke Wells ripped through Northamptonshire’s lower order taking career best figures of five for 25 with his part-time leg-spin to consign the hosts to their fifth innings defeat of the summer and their fourth at home.

Northamptonshire resumed on the fourth morning of this LV= Insurance County Championship match at Wantage Road on 211 for five, still needing another 81 to make Lancashire bat again. Wells though had other ideas as the Northamptonshire were bowled out for 266 to lose by an innings and 26 runs.

Lewis McManus (24) and Saif Zaib (45) extended their overnight partnership to 56 against the spin of Wells and Tom Hartley as the visitors waited to take the new ball.

McManus chipped Hartley confidently over midwicket for four, but his long vigil finally ended after 82 balls when an inside edge found George Bell at short leg who took an excellent catch.

Northamptonshire started to implode with Wells picking up a second wicket when Zaib attempted to cut a short wide one, Phil Salt taking a good catch behind the stumps. Wells soon had a third thanks to a stunning left-handed catch off his own bowling to remove Tom Taylor (4). Jack White (6) then slashed him to Keaton Jennings at slip after previously launching him onto the Hevey Pavilion decking.

Ben Sanderson was determined to go down fighting, smashing two fours and thumping Hartley over the Family Stand at long-on for six before he became Wells’ fifth wicket, caught at mid-off with Northamptonshire leaving the field after just 50 minutes’ play.