Lancashire will aim to use tomorrow's fourth and final day of their LV County Championship match against Warwickshire to gain some valuable batting bonus points.
Rain has been the winner at Edgbaston this week, with this LV Division One fixture now destined for a draw.
Ian Bell’s 106 has been the highlight of a match that has had 179 overs wiped out because of the weather.
But there have certainly been a number of encouraging displays from Lancashire’s bowlers, who have worked hard for their eight wickets on a batsman’s paradise. Kyle Hogg and Oliver Newby both finished yesterday’s third day with three wickets each. Newby returned figures of 3-62 from 17 overs, while Hogg recorded 3-72 from 25.
Warwickshire reached 370-8 when the players left the field for the second time in the day just before tea – the start of play had also been delayed by 50 minutes yesterday morning. Only 35 overs of play were possible yesterday.
Newby was the pick of the bowlers on day three, claiming the wickets of Tim Ambrose and Rikki Clarke, while Hogg and Sajid Mahmood chipped in with one each.
“It has been really frustrating, but the boys have tried hard on a slow and flat wicket,” said batsman Paul Horton, who will open Lancashire’s innings if he gets the chance at some point tomorrow.
“We have toiled away through rain delay after rain delay. We think that we have gone quite well, and we have stuck at the task. It has certainly not been a great place to bowl.”
Newby’s wicket of Ambrose (28) was perhaps more down to the fact that Mark Chilton pulled off a superb catch, diving away full length to his right at mid-wicket. Mahmood then bowled Jonathan Trott for 79 with a delightful slower ball yorker before lunch.
Former England all-rounder Clarke made sure that Lancashire were frustrated for periods with eight boundaries in 54 off 84 balls, but he was caught at point by Francois du Plessis off Newby to leave the score at 365-8 just before tea was taken early.
Hogg had earlier claimed his third wicket when Ant Botha cue-ended a pull to wicketkeeper Luke Sutton.
On the prospects of batting tomorrow, Horton added: “It’s something we haven’t done well all season, that’s been well documented. It would be nice to get in. 400 might be tough in a day, but we want to get a few batting points.”
[Report Day 2 I Day 1 - no play, rain]
Photo: Simon Pendrigh
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