|Bob Willis Trophy closing, Lord’s (day three of 5):|
|Lancashire 78: Wooden 46*; Miles 5-28 & 171-6: Balderson 65, Wells 41; Norwell 2-32|
|Warwickshire 518: Rhodes 156, Yates 113, Sibley 57; Parkinson 4-78|
|Lancashire path Warwickshire by 269 runs with 4 second-innings wickets remaining|
Dangerous mild halted county champions Warwickshire’s march in the direction of the Bob Willis Trophy towards Lancashire.
The Purple Rose had been 171-6, nonetheless 269 runs shy of creating Warwickshire bat once more, when play stopped shortly after tea.
A cultured half-century from George Balderson (65) and 41 from Luke Wells got here between the Bears selecting up wickets at common intervals.
Earlier the Bears had amassed 518 of their first innings to steer by 440, having resumed on 464-7.
Play was deserted at about 17:00 BST as the sunshine failed to enhance and rain arrived to curtail the third day of the five-day closing.
The forecast for the final two days additionally appears uncertain and will the match end as a draw, Warwickshire can be awarded the trophy having gained a first-innings lead.
Captain Will Rhodes added simply 5 extra runs on the third morning, as his aspect opted to bat on, earlier than he was bowled by Jack Blatherwick (3-80).
The Bears managed so as to add one other 49 runs for his or her final two wickets earlier than they had been lastly dismissed for 518.
Confronted with a deficit of 440 after they had been dismissed for simply 78 of their first innings – and with greater than half of the match nonetheless to play – Lancashire’s trigger was not helped when Alex Davies was run out trying a fast single to Craig Miles at midwicket.
Davies’ closing innings for the county earlier than becoming a member of opponents Warwickshire subsequent season noticed him make simply 11 as he didn’t capitalise on being dropped by Danny Briggs at mid-off on 5.
Balderson and Wells added 71 for the second wicket both aspect of lunch earlier than Wells was caught behind off Tim Bresnan.
Two extra wickets fell within the afternoon session to scale back Lancashire to 152-4, Liam Norwell (2-32) having Josh Bohannon caught at second slip and Balderson bowled by a fantastic thing about a supply that clipped the highest of his off stump.
Lancashire then misplaced two extra in fast succession after tea, though replays of Steven Croft’s dismissal by Briggs to an obvious edge to Bresnan at first slip later confirmed the right-hander had missed the ball by far.
Their captain Dane Vilas was the final to depart earlier than dangerous mild intervened, when Miles had him caught at second slip.
That left Lancashire nonetheless 49 runs shy of avoiding their heaviest first-class defeat, which got here towards the West Indians by an innings and 220 runs at Outdated Trafford in 1950.
They might want to rating one other 70 runs to keep away from their heaviest first-class defeat by a county, which got here towards Yorkshire by an innings and 200 runs at Outdated Trafford in 1938.
Warwickshire seam bowler Liam Norwell instructed BBC CWR:
“I believe the sport’s gone in addition to it may’ve up to now.
“It is not usually you exit to bowl second time with a lead of greater than 400 so we have simply obtained to maintain placing within the onerous yards and hope the climate permits us to take 4 extra wickets.
“We’re nonetheless floating on cloud 9 after profitable the championship and I believe that mirrored in our bowling on the primary morning.
“I needed to go straight all the way down to Cornwall for a marriage after profitable the title final week so it is nonetheless sinking in and to win this trophy this week would simply put the cherry on the season.
“We have exceeded expectations this season and now we have to try to reside as much as it. It will likely be disappointing if we won’t kick on and set out our stall to hold on being profitable.”
Lancashire all-rounder George Balderson instructed BBC Radio Lancashire:
“I loved that innings. It is wonderful to be right here at Lord’s, I’ve by no means performed right here earlier than and whereas the state of affairs within the match is not ideally suited, it was good to spend a while within the center and put a rating collectively.
“First innings did not go to plan so it was good to have a second alternative and I loved it quite a bit and hopefully I can do it just a few extra instances in my profession.
“One way or the other I’ve managed to get to the age of 21 and never come to London earlier than so it has been good to spend a little bit of time within the metropolis.
“It is a particular place to play and I sat down within the altering rooms the opposite day and took a little bit of time to absorb all the environment and the historical past.
“I’ve obtained just a few scores this season with out with the ability to kick on and get a giant one so it has been good to contribute to the aspect.
“Hopefully I can enhance subsequent yr and make myself a part of this aspect completely and contribute much more persistently.”