Warwickshire ride on twin tons
Record-breakers Darren Maddy and Rikki Clarke put Warwickshire in command on day three of their LV= County Championship match against Lancashire at Aigburth.
The former England pair both scored centuries and shared a 224-run partnership in just 54 overs to help the visitors to 329 and a first-innings lead of 79.
Lancashire then slipped to 44 for four in their second innings, with Stephen Moore, Paul Horton, Karl Brown and Steven Croft all out at the end of an extraordinary day.
Maddy and Clarke’s stand was the highest eighth-wicket partnership by a Warwickshire duo against Lancashire, and they fell just four runs short of the club record against any opposition, set in 1925 by Arthur Croom and Bob Wyatt.
Maddy made 112 - his first championship century in almost four years - before he was caught at slip by Moore off the bowling of Kyle Hogg.
Hogg also got Clarke, but not before the 30-year-old had made 140 off 201 balls, his highest score for Warwickshire.
The pair came together with the Bears 81 for seven and in danger of being asked to follow on as they replied to Lancashire’s first innings 250.
Simon Kerrigan had claimed the wickets of nightwatchman Chris Wright and Tim Ambrose after Warwickshire resumed on 68 for five.
Clarke, however, immediately went after the spinner, lofting him for three sixes in seven overs as he raced to his half-century off just 49 balls.
He was assisted by Maddy, who reached 50 in 98 deliveries, as the duo put on 100 in 125 balls.
Clarke, who equalled the world record for the number of catches by an outfield player in an innings when he claimed seven Lancashire scalps at the same ground last year, reached his 14th first-class century off just 138 balls as Warwickshire edged ahead.
Maddy followed him to a ton three overs later, his century coming off 208 deliveries.
Once the pair were out, Lancashire quickly wrapped up the Warwickshire innings, with Kerrigan finishing with 4-89 by having Jeetan Patel caught at slip by Horton.
Lancashire-born Barker then left last season’s champions in deep trouble as he claimed 3-20 in a devastating 10-over spell which saw the end of Horton, Moore and Brown, with Patel taking the fourth wicket as Croft holed out to Neil Carter.