Outgoing Lancashire coach Peter Moores was denied a late victory in his final game in charge of the county, as Warwickshire avoided a complete batting collapse at Old Trafford in a contest where all three results were a realistic possibility.
Fans were denied a captivating climax to the match when bad light stopped play on the final evening. Either side could have secured a 14-point victory in the final 5.3 overs that remained unused.
Moores, who will now leave to become the full-time England head coach, saw his side bowled out earlier on day four for a total of 194, giving them a slender lead of just 119 when openers, Varun Chopra and Will Porterfield, returned to the crease on the final afternoon.
In the 24.3 overs that remained, both sides could’ve felt that victory was in their grasp before stumps were called and hands were shaken over a draw. The visitors ended the game on 95-5, just 25 runs shy of winning, but their top order suffered a real wobble.
Chopra was resilient in the middle, making it to the close on 50 not out. It was at the other end of the pitch that the wickets tumbled though, as Simon Kerrigan claimed figures of 38-4 in the second innings.
Ian Bell (14) and Ateeq Javid (15*) were the only other batsmen to make it to double figures. The latter’s unbroken partnership of 25 with Chopra could have taken the Bears onto victory if more time was available.
Meanwhile Lancashire nearly turned what could have been an easy defeat into improbable victory. Veteran seamer, Glen Chapple, also picked up a wicket as the hosts attempted to hand their coach an unexpected leaving present.
Moores joined the North Western county just over a month after his first stint in charge of the national team came to a close. Since February 2009 he has taken Lancashire to a County Championship title – in 2011 – and done a solid enough job to once again attract attention from the ECB.
His second appointment last week meant that his time working with Chapple and co. was coming to an end. Unfortunately he was unable to leave the club on the extreme high that comes with a win.
Warwickshire were revoked a first win at Old Trafford in 29 years. Meanwhile Lancashire lost their opening game of the season by 45 runs to Nottinghamshire, and this draw leaves them rooted to the foot of the Division One table.
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