Barker and Patel propel Warks
Warwickshire were made to sweat before wrapping up a five-wicket LV= County Championship Division One victory over Lancashire after Keith Barker and Jeetan Patel had given them the perfect platform.
Barker claimed his first five-wicket haul in the championship, while Patel also picked up five scalps as Lancashire were all out for a paltry 148 at Aigburth.
However, after setting a target of just 70, county champions Lancashire - who pipped Warwickshire to the title last year - refused to lie down as left-arm spin duo Simon Kerrigan and Gary Keedy reduced the visitors to 52 for five.
Will Porterfield and Tim Ambrose held their nerve to steer Warwickshire over the line for their second successive victory, while the Red Rose were left to reflect on back-to-back defeats.
That was the only match in Division One that produced a result as the inclement weather denied Durham, Somerset and Worcestershire in their respective matches.
Despite Graham Onions collecting career-best match figures, Durham are still looking for their first win of the season after settling for a draw against Middlesex.
Onions was inspired at Lord’s, finishing with match figures of 10-73 after taking four wickets in Middlesex’s second innings.
The hosts slipped to 91 for eight - a lead of just 42 - but John Simpson and Tim Murtagh’s partnership of 82 for boosted their total to 179 all out.
Phil Mustard’s men were held up by rain early in their pursuit of 130 and when play eventually began, they had only 19 overs in which to finish the job. Durham were the ones holding on in the end after Steven Finn took 4-43; they finished on 82 for six.
Rain delays and a stubborn rearguard from James Taylor and Chris Read wrecked Somerset’s chances of victory at Nottinghamshire.
Resuming on 47 without loss, Nottinghamshire needed another 236 runs just to avoid an innings defeat at Trent Bridge, but were given a huge fillip with the news Steve Kirby would not be bowling due to a hamstring strain.
Fortune certainly seemed to swing in Nottinghamshire’s favour as two and a half hours were lost to rain, while Taylor and Read’s unbroken partnership of 60 helped the hosts to 169 for four before the players shook hands.
Worcestershire were also forced to settle for a draw despite looking well-placed to chase down 246 against Surrey at the Kia Oval.
Rory Hamilton-Brown’s men added 93 to their overnight score of 131 for six, the captain progressing from 55 to 76 before falling to Alan Richardson, who completed match figures of 10-128.
In response, Michael Klinger’s 69 not out helped Worcestershire reach 94 for one, but play was interrupted at 3:30pm and a draw was agreed upon an hour and a half later.
Sean Ervine starred at the SWALEC Stadium, where Hampshire emerged victorious in an enthralling encounter against Glamorgan.
Heading into the final day, the visitors - with six wickets in hand - required another 92 runs to seal victory, but the weather delayed play until 4:15pm.
Huw Waters quickly trapped Michael Bates in front and, after another break due to rain, Michael Carberry departed for just 13.
But Ervine struck 75 to leave his side on the brink before departing with the finishing line in sight. It mattered little, though, as Hamza Riazuddin’s unbeaten 15 saw Hampshire home with a ball to spare.
Yorkshire’s victory push was thwarted by rain at Headingley Carnegie as Essex escaped with a draw.
Resuming with a lead of 191 on 144 for two, the White Rose added a further 70 runs for the loss of two more wickets, skipper Andrew Gale finishing unbeaten on a 52-ball 48.
A draw still seemed likely - Essex needed 262 to win - but Yorkshire gave themselves a real chance as Alviro Petersen and Billy Godleman were trapped lbw by Ajmal Shahzad.
However, the heavens opened to ruin what was set up to be a thrilling finish.
Alex Gidman and Hamish Marshall failed to reach three figures as Gloucestershire’s clash with Kent petered out into a draw at Canterbury.
Captain Gidman was trapped in front for 70 by Matt Coles after adding just 10 to his overnight score, while Marshall was run out by Brendan Nash for 75 before Gloucestershire declared on 257 for seven.
Set a notional target of 363, Kent reached 94 for two - with skipper Rob Key 32 not out - before the captains agreed to end proceedings.
A result was also not possible in Derbyshire’s clash with Leicestershire.
Matthew Boyce top-scored with 65, while Jacques du Toit fell two runs short of a half-century as Leicestershire declared their second innings on 169 for four.
Derbyshire, set 314 to win, opted not to try and chase victory following rain delays and finished on 91 without loss, with Martin Guptill unbeaten on 67.