By James O'Brien
Lancashire came through a tricky period at the end of a rain-affected third day unscathed to make a draw the most likely result in their LV= County Championship Division One match against Warwickshire.
Openers Paul Horton and Luis Reece survived some nervy moments to reach the close unbeaten, with the hosts having reached 46 without loss.
It was an uneventful day at Emirates Old Trafford, in contrast to the hive of activity just up the road where Manchester United were planning for life after David Moyes.
Rain fell steadily throughout the morning and forced the umpires to take an early lunch.
The frustration continued into the afternoon as each attempt to remove the covers under improved skies was met by another shower.
Play eventually got under way at 4.45pm with Warwickshire on 316 for nine and Keith Barker took three runs from the first over bowled by Glen Chapple to extend the visitors' lead to 72.
Only five more runs had been added when James Anderson wrapped up the innings by bowling Oliver Hannon-Dalby through the gate for seven.
It was the England seamer's first wicket of the match and left Barker stranded on 26.
Horton got the Lancashire innings up and running with a crisp on-drive for three and there were few alarms in the opening 10 overs as Barker and Chris Wright struggled to find their line.
Chris Woakes was introduced into the attack and although he asked more questions of Horton and Reece; the pair took the home side to 41 without loss after 17 overs.
Woakes, who was well supported by spinner Jeetan Patel in the closing stages of the day, went close to making a breakthrough in the penultimate over.
The England hopeful wrapped Horton on the pad and appealed vociferously with his team-mates behind the wicket, only to see the Lancashire batsman reprieved.
Horton and Reece survived the final few balls to take the home side to within 31 runs of Warwickshire with 10 wickets remaining.
Barring a collapse on the fourth morning or the two captains setting up a game, the teams will have to settle for a draw.
— Lancashire CCC (@LancsCCC) April 22, 2014