Lancashire v Warwickshire, LV= County Championship
After bowling Lancashire out for 196 in their second innings, Warwickshire chasing 120 for victory from 29 overs, were 95-5 in the twenty fifth over needing just 25 more when bad light prevented any further play and the match was drawn.
Paul Horton with 84 from 220 deliveries once again proved to be the stumbling block for Warwickshire on the final day, repeating his first innings performance, as Lancashire lost wickets at regular intervals to another well disciplined performance from the strong Warwickshire bowling attack.
With the intention of survival clear, Reece 11 made in over 91, went early to Keith Barker and with the exception of Buttler 42, there was little resistance from the Lancashire batsmen as Patel 4-44, Hannon-Dalby 2-31 and Barker 2-47 helped set up a possible Warwickshire victory bowling the home side out for 196 and in so doing setting a target of 120 for victory from a minimum of 29 overs.
With the potential threat of bad light or rain preventing a victory, Chopra and Porterfield made a positive start to the chase, reaching 30 in just six overs before Porterfield nine, was well caught in the deep by Anderson off Chapple.
The introduction of Simon Kerrigan proved to be significant as he removed Laurie Evans five and then Ian Bell for 14 after the Warwickshire skipper had looked again to be in good touch. The wicket brought a change in fortunes as Warwickshire added just nine runs in the next six overs while losing both Ambrose and Woakes to Lancashire’s slow left-armer, Kerrigan.
Still needing 56 from 13 overs Chopra and Javid added 25runs from just 31 balls and immediately after Javid had pulled Chapple for a boundary leaving Warwickshire needing just 25 from 27 balls, the umpires decided the light was dangerous and the players left the field, not to return and despite the protests from both batsmen, the match ended in a draw with Chopra unbeaten on exactly 50 and Javid 15 from just 18 deliveries.
Warwickshire took 11 points and Lancashire 9 points.
Much of the third day was lost to the weather with no play at all in the opening two sessions.
When the action finally got underway after tea, James Anderson quickly brought the innings to a close for 324, when bowling Hannon-Dalby for seven, leaving Barker unbeaten on 26 and Warwickshire holding a first innings lead of 77.
There was time for 22 overs in Lancashire’s second innings and Paul Horton 27* from 72 balls and Luis Reece 9* from 62, dug in, surviving the session to reach stumps on 46 without loss, trailing still by 31 runs.
The Warwickshire openers more than doubled the overnight score on the second morning, before William Porterfield loosely drove Simon Kerrigan to Wayne White at mid-off for 77.
Varun Chopra then fell just before lunch when trapped lbw by Glen Chapple for 52, giving the Lancashire captain his 900th first-class wicket.
Coming to the wicket on 144 for 2 Ian Bell, 75, produced another fine innings with a number of confident shots, helping Warwickshire to a lead of 69 that could have been far more substantial were it not for the excellent response from the Lancashire seamers, who took five wickets for 47 runs in 10 overs in the final session and kept Warwickshire's lead within sight.
Tom Smith led the fightback finishing the day with 4-67 and was given good support by Wayne White wit two wickets, including that of Ian Bell.
Keith Barker and Oliver Hannon-Dalby were at the crease at stumps when Warwickshire were 316-9
There was an added incentive for the home side to do well, at the start of their latest LV=CC match against Warwickshire with the knowledge that coach Peter Moores would be moving on to his new position as England Head Coach immediately after the match but there was an early success for Warwickshire at Old Trafford after the home side had won the toss and elected to bat first on what looked to be a good wicket.
Keith Barker had Luis Reece caught behind by Tim Ambrose, the first of six catches in the innings, for ten in the ninth over and after a good second wicket partnership of sixty eight between Paul Horton and Andrea Agathangelou, two wickets in three deliveries from Chris Woakes either side of lunch brought Warwickshire some welcome success.
Woakes dismissed Agathangelou 48, immediately before lunch and then, off the final delivery of his unfinished over after lunch, he dismissed Prince second ball.
Horton 83 and Luke Procter 37, played with some confidence and looked to be setting Lancashire up for a competitive total, before Procter flicked Hannon-Dalby to Ateeq Javid at square-leg with Lancashire 168-4.
This began a collapse either side of the tea interval which resulted in the last six wickets tumbling for just seventy five runs with Chris Woakes 5-63 and Keith Barker 3-52 the bowlers who were amongst the wickets, assisted by some injudicious shots from the batsmen, as Lancashire were finally dismissed for 243 in the 75th over.
In reply Varun Chopra and William Porterfield, fresh from a century in the second team last week, made a solid start closing the first day on 63-0 from 19 overs.