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Final day rained off as Lancashire claim draw

Final day rained off as Lancashire claim draw

After three hard-fought days, Warwickshire and Lancashire had to settle for a draw as the fourth day of their day/night Specsavers County Championship match at Edgbaston was washed out.

The game had been intriguingly poised with Lancashire set to resume on the fourth day on 178 for four, leading by 130.

All results were still possible with the visitors targeting their third successive win while Warwickshire knew that early wickets could have opened the door to their first championship victory of the season.

But the rain which had been forecast on Wednesday, but never arrived, came a day late, setting in over Birmingham in the morning and continuing to fall until the match was called off at 4pm.

Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple said: "It was set up for an interesting finish. We still had work to do but had given some thought to us forcing a victory and I am sure Warwickshire were in the same boat. We didn't expect the rain today so it was a bit of a surprise.

"This game was a different challenge with the pink ball and the pitch itself was quite slow so it was quite hard work for the batters. I thought we competed really well and got ourselves right back into the game and it finishes off four games in succession which we identified were going to be crucial for us. We have got ourselves in a decent position which we are pleased with. There's more work to do later on but now we can turn our attention to T20 cricket.

"I think the lads enjoyed the day/nighter because it was something different. It looks like the pink ball behaved slightly differently to a red ball. It offers some spin and is good to grip for the spinners, but it's early days."

 
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