Warwickshire fold to rookie Kerrigan
Five wickets for Simon Kerrigan on first-class debut allowed Lancashire to secure a 121-run victory over Warwickshire shortly after lunch at Old Trafford.
Lancashire picked up 21 points in winning their opening LV= County Championship Division One fixture of the new season for the second year running, bowling the visitors out for 197 in an unlikely pursuit of 319 on the last day.
Warwickshire captain Ian Westwood carried his bat to finish 82 not out off 184 balls.
Wickets tumbled again in the first hour, as had been the case on the previous three days of this match, but not via the same method.
Seam and swing had wreaked havoc on days one, two and three but this time it was left-arm spinner Kerrigan, who did the damage to the visitors’ middle order with three wickets in his first four overs.
Preston-born Kerrigan, who claimed two wickets in the first innings, made his debut because of the broken collarbone suffered by veteran Gary Keedy in pre-season and finished with a maiden 5-43 from 17 overs.
Warwickshire had begun the day on 52 for three needing a further 267 runs but that was out of the question when Kerrigan struck in his opening over and the 12th of the day.
Westwood and Jim Troughton added a further 47 runs this morning to a fourth-wicket partnership of 65 before the latter was superbly caught by Ashwell Prince on the run from mid-on.
That left Warwickshire 99 for four in the 41st over and they would have been five down in the next had Stephen Moore not dropped Rikki Clarke off Sajid Mahmood at second slip.
Clarke’s reprieve did not matter because he was stumped by Luke Sutton off Kerrigan for seven. Having seen the quality of the shot from Clarke it may have been better for the ex-Surrey player had Moore clung on earlier.
And Clarke’s dismissal was the first of two in three balls for Kerrigan, who had Tim Ambrose lbw for nought to leave the visitors in major bother at 122 for six.
Kerrigan only had to wait another three overs to claim his fourth scalp, that of Chris Woakes caught by Paul Horton at first slip - also for nought. The visitors, who also lost to Yorkshire last week, were now 128 for seven.
Carter was the next to go courtesy of another ugly swipe, caught at extra cover by Prince off the medium pace of Tom Smith, who claimed 2-27.
Kerrigan trapped Naqaash Tahir lbw to leave Warwickshire on the brink at 134 for nine in the 57th over.
Westwood and Imran Tahir, with 36, saved some face with a last-wicket stand of 63 before the former Pakistan A player was caught by a diving Prince at short-cover as he tried to fend off a Mahmood snorter.