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Bad light curtails Manchester drama

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By James O'Brien

Peter Moores' reign as Lancashire coach ended in dramatic fashion as bad light brought an abrupt halt to Warwickshire's run-chase in a thrilling LV= County Championship match at Emirates Old Trafford.

Warwickshire rebuilt from a mid-innings wobble to move to within 25 runs of their target of 120, with 27 balls and five wickets remaining, when the umpires decided the conditions were unplayable and declared the match a draw.

Simon Kerrigan finished with figures of 4-38 after an impressive spell under pressure, while Varun Chopra was left stranded on 50 not out.

Paul Horton earlier amassed 84 and Jos Buttler struck 42 as Lancashire were bowled out for 196 having lost their last six wickets for 39 runs.

The home side resumed their innings at the start of day four 31 runs adrift of Warwickshire with 10 wickets in hand, but lost four of those in the morning session.

They suffered an early blow as Luis Reece edged Keith Barker to third slip where he was caught low down by Ian Bell.

Reece's departure brought Andrea Agathangelou to the crease and the South African was given a working over by Chris Wright during his short stay.

Agathangelou's luck ran out when he was too early on a shot through the leg side and a leading edge presented Barker with a simple catch at mid-on to give Wright a deserved wicket.

Ashwell Prince joined Horton in the middle and the pair took Lancashire to within one run of parity before the former came dancing down the pitch to Jeetan Patel and was stumped by Tim Ambrose.

Lancashire's hopes of batting out for a draw were hit further when Luke Procter fended at a rising delivery from Oliver Hannon-Dalby and turned to see Ambrose take a good catch in front of first slip.

It would have been 88 for five had Ambrose not missed a stumping with Buttler on nought.

Buttler and Horton made solid progress after lunch but Barker caused problems as soon as he was brought back into the attack.

Horton got his innings moving again with two boundaries in three balls but was bowled trying to take Patel on in the next over, ending a partnership of 72.

Buttler soon followed after he edged Ateeq Javid to Chopra at slip and Wayne White joined them in the pavilion when he feathered Hannon-Dalby behind.

The flurry of wickets continued as Tom Smith was caught at second slip by Bell off Patel and Kerrigan chipped Barker to Chris Woakes at mid-on in the first over with the new ball.

Glen Chapple hit a brisk 15 before he was trapped in front to give Patel figures of 4-44.

Warwickshire started their chase impressively but, after a brief delay for bad light, Will Porterfield skied a Chapple delivery and was brilliantly caught by Anderson running backwards.

That wicket stemmed the flow of runs and another soon followed as Laurie Evans hit Kerrigan straight to Prince at cover.

Bell lofted Kerrigan down the ground second ball but fell trying to repeat the trick, Anderson taking the catch at long-off.

Kerrigan was celebrating his third wicket when Horton took a sharp low catch at slip to remove Ambrose for a duck.

Woakes was caught by a diving Prince to become Kerrigan's fourth victim and leave Warwickshire needing 50 runs from 9.4 overs.

The visitors brought the total required down to 30 off as many balls before Chopra completed his half-century with a single as the light closed in.