County Championship (Final day, at Edgbaston) Warwickshire: 403-8 (117.1 overs) v Lancashire: 317 (81.0 overs) - Warwickshire drew with Lancashire.
Another home match, another draw, another excruciating last day.
Familiar components were in place as Warwickshire’s championship game against Lancashire meandered to a conclusion on Saturday.
Warwickshire could take some satisfaction from a 12-point haul which kept them within striking distance of teams just above them, the other side of the relegation line.
But there was little pleasure to be gleaned by the sprinkling of spectators at Edgbaston as the two teams opted to grind out bonus points rather than employ a bit of enterprise and create a contest from the rain-damaged contest.
After resuming on 370 for eight, Warwickshire declared their first innings at 403, having clinched maximum batting points for the sixth time in seven games this season. Chris Woakes and Naqaash Tahir extended their partnership to an unbroken 38 before the declaration denied them a chance to challenge the Bears’ ninth-wicket record against Lancashire – the 107 by Ashley Giles and Tony Frost at Blackpool in 1997.
Lancashire then spent the rest of the day plodding colourlessly to 317 all out as their batting line-up, the least productive in Division One, faced up to a similarly unfruitful Bears bowling attack. It was colourless cricket courtesy of two sides playing without adventure and a pitch stacked depressingly in favour of batsmen.
After six successive home games, five of which were played on such pitches, Warwickshire’s bowlers will not be complaining today as they set out for Southampton in readiness for the game against Hampshire starting tomorrow.
Play at The Rose Bowl will start at 10.45am each day to enable Hampshire to make an early departure on Friday before their Friends Provident Trophy final against Sussex at Lord’s the following day.
Durham wrapped up victory over Nottinghamshire by an innings and 102 runs and go 36 points clear at the top of Division One.
The reigning champions began the day needing just one wicket to secure their fifth win in six games and Ian Blackwell obliged when he had Charlie Shreck caught by Callum Thorp at mid-on.
Mark Ealham was left unbeaten on 17 as Nottinghamshire’s top-scorer as they were bowled out for just 83 in 32.4 overs.
It was Nottinghamshire’s first defeat of the season, and they still have two games in hand on the leaders.