LV County Championship - Division One, Old Trafford
Worcestershire 172 & 236 (S C Moore 107, G Keedy 4-60) v Lancashire 145 (M S Mason 7-39) & 264-3 (P J Horton 77, V V S Laxman 64 no)
Lancashire (17pts) beat Worcestershire (3pts) by 7 wkts
Paul Horton led the way with a watchful 77 as Lancashire successfully chased down the 264 runs they required to beat Worcestershire at Old Trafford.
The opener resumed with the hosts requiring a further 224 with all 10 second innings wickets intact, but lost partner Mal Loye in the fourth over of the day, trapped in front by Matt Mason for 17.
But Loye was the only batsman not to make a serious contribution to the chase as Horton and Mark Chilton successfully nullified the threat from Mason, who picked up eight wickets in the match.
The duo added 89 for the second wicket with Horton reaching his half-century off 121 balls with six boundaries, but with the score on 151 for two spinner Gareth Batty broke through as Horton edged to Daryl Mitchell at first slip.
Chilton lasted a further five overs before popping up a catch to Ben Smith at short leg off Batty, the former skipper making 45 from 142 balls.
Rain forced the umpires to call an early tea with Lancashire requiring a further 80 runs to win, but the reprieve for the visitors was short-lived.
VVS Laxman and Steven Croft had little trouble knocking off the runs, the India batsman scoring his first championship fifty in his second spell at the club, ending on 64 not out with Croft adding a useful 40.
Victory was Lancashire's first in five matches since their win at New Road in May and keeps them on the fringes of the Division One title race.
Stephen Moore scored an important century to give Worcestershire the edge in their LV County Championship clash with Lancashire
The 28-year-old opener, who hit a first-class ton for the England Lions against Australia last week, thrashed 17 boundaries in his 138-ball hundred before eventually being dismissed for 107.
Wickets tumbled on the first day but the track did not seem as lively today, giving the Division One strugglers a chance of victory.
Lancashire lost their final two wickets for an additional 26 runs, Matt Mason finishing with impressive figures of seven for 39.
Worcestershire then posted a total of 236 in their second innings as Moore struggled to find support from the rest of the batting order.
Left-arm spinner Gary Keedy was the pick of the Lancashire bowlers with four for 60 while Kyle Hogg completed career-best match figures of six for 79.
Lancashire managed to survive 13 overs of their second innings without losing a wicket before the day's play was brought to a close.
Paul Horton and Mal Loye will start day three on 13 and 16 respectively with the home side needing 224 more runs to secure victory.
Worcestershire paceman Matt Mason ripped through the Lancashire batting line-up as 18 wickets fell on the opening day at Old Trafford.
The veteran Aussie struck five times in as many overs to reduce the hosts, who had just produced a fine bowling display of their own, from 38 for two to 77 for seven.
An unbeaten ninth-wicket stand of 37 between Glen Chapple and Oliver Newby ensured that Lancashire, who trail by 53 runs, were not completely overwhelmed
Earlier in the day, Kyle Hogg claimed three for 26 and Sajid Mahmood also took three wickets as Worcestershire were dismissed for a total of 172.
The away side were in major trouble at 104 for seven but some big-hitting from wicketkeeper Steve Davies (39) and useful contributions from tailenders Chris Whelan (13) and Matt Mason (15) bailed them out.
Chapple (22 not out) and Newby (11no) will be hoping to rescue Lancashire in a similar way when play resumes on Saturday.