Lancashire bowled out on Day Two at Edgbaston
Lancashire relinquished control of their final round Specsavers County Championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston today as they were bowled out for just 152.
The Red Rose conceded a first-innings lead of 67, slipping badly either side of lunch.
They lost their first four wickets for four runs in 35 balls to fall from 35-0 to 39-4.
Later, they fell from 134-5, losing their last five wickets for 18 runs.
Only Steven Croft and Jordan Clark, with 45 and 34, made it into the thirties as Lancashire-born left-arm seamer Keith Barker took 4-30 for the Bears.
Both sides are in danger of relegation. If Hampshire beat Durham at the Ageas Bowl, the loser of this goes down - and the hosts are on top after two days.
Warwickshire, who started their second innings immediately after tea, reached 12-0 from seven overs before bad light and rain stopped play.
There was no play beyond 3.45pm and 33 overs were lost in the day.
Lancashire captain Croft said: "We were in quite a comfortable position and had dragged it back well from this morning, but it was disappointing how we finished off the innings because we would have liked to have got closer to them or beyond them.
"It's a real scrap on our hands, but it is still in our hands because they've not got too far away from us.
“We don't want to leave it down to the weather or other results. We have a chance to hopefully bowl them out and knock them off.
"I thought they bowled better than us.
“Only when we got them two or three down did we switch on. I thought we were a little bit slow out of the blocks, but they kept the pressure on all the way through.
“It’s a tough pitch to bat on when you get the ball in the right areas. There aren’t so much demons in it, it’s just quite slow. It wasn’t a great day with the bat for us, but they bowled well.
“We have to stay positive. We’ve bowled really well at times this year, but now for one last time. We have to leave it all out there because there’s a lot to play for.
“We don’t want to rely on other people too many times to get us out of it. It would be a bonus, and we want to keep it on our terms. We want to get the result ourselves, and we’re well capable of doing that.”
The Red Rose started the day on 14-0 from nine overs and had moved to 35-0 in the 19th before Haseeb Hameed fell lbw to Rikki Clarke for 17, starting the first of two damaging collapses.
Chris Wright trapped Rob Jones and Karl Brown lbw before Barker had Luke Procter caught behind as the score slipped to 39-4 in the 25th.
Croft then added 40 for the fifth wicket with Liam Livingstone, who made 21, before the latter was caught at short mid-wicket by Barker off Oliver Hannon-Dalby - 79-5 in the 37th at lunch.
The skipper then rebuilt again with help from Clark.
They shared 55 for the sixth to get the visitors in the comfortable position Croft spoke about, with the deficit now below 100.
Unfortunately, things went downhill rapidly.
Clark hoisted Jeetan Patel’s off-spinners over deep mid-wicket for six sandwiched in between the departures of Croft and Arron Lilley as the score slipped to 145-7 in the 58th over.
Croft was bowled by Barker - the first of five wickets to fall for 18 runs - before Patel bowled Lilley as he advanced down the pitch.
The former New Zealand international then had Tom Bailey caught at leg slip with 149 on the board in the 62nd over before Barker wrapped up the innings with his third and fourth wickets in successive overs.
He bowled Clark in the 63rd as the score slipped to 149-9 and then removed Kyle Jarvis the same way to force an early tea.
Warwickshire openers Ian Westwood and Alex Mellor will begin tomorrow on six not out apiece, with play called off for the day shortly before 5.30pm.