Lancs overcome redoubtable Trott
Jonathan Trott’s resistance was in vain as Lancashire wrapped up a 65-run victory over Warwickshire at Edgbaston for their third LV= County Championship win of the season.
Warwickshire were challenged to make 441, the highest fourth-innings total in their history, to deny Lancashire, and for a time they threatened to overhaul that target.
Trott and Neil Carter put on 102 in 26 overs in a defiant seventh-wicket stand which denied Lancashire their first breakthrough of the day until half an hour before lunch.
But once Carter went, bowled by Sajid Mahmood, the chase faltered.
Trott was last out, caught on the mid-wicket boundary for 150, in the second over after lunch as Warwickshire were dismissed for 375.
Carter was the main aggressor in the partnership with Trott, making a belligerent 92-ball 73 which tested the patience of Lancashire’s England fast bowler James Anderson.
Carter twice top-edged pulls off Anderson for four over wicketkeeper Luke Sutton, which forced Lancashire captain Glen Chapple to post a long stop to stifle the left-hander.
Carter’s third half-century in six championship innings swept Warwickshire along at almost a run-a-minute rate for the first hour and it looked like his luck might be in when he was dropped at long-leg by Ashwell Prince on 62.
Carter pulled Mahmood but Prince fumbled the chance and the ball bobbled over the rope for four.
Trott, who had completed his first first-class century of the season yesterday, contributed only 24 to the stand with Carter but he was content to play a sensible supporting role, defending solidly and nudging the singles to allow his partner to attack.
The stand was eventually broken when Carter was beaten by a well-concealed slower-ball yorker from Mahmood when Warwickshire had got their target down below 100.
Once Lancashire had made the breakthrough it was a matter of trying to keep Trott off strike and working away at the other end.
Imran Tahir’s jittery stay was brief as he was caught behind fencing at Anderson, which gave the England man his first wicket of a match he joined at the halfway stage direct from the World Twenty20 in the West Indies.
Andrew Miller blocked out against Mahmood but gave Anderson his second wicket when he nibbled to Sutton after Trott took a leg bye.
That left Trott with only last man Boyd Rankin to keep him company and he fired a few defiant shots, pulling Mahmood for four in the last over before lunch.
Warwickshire were nine down at the interval and Trott reached 150 courtesy of a dropped catch by Paul Horton at long-on off Mahmood.
But soon after, he pulled the same bowler to Steven Croft who held a running catch at deep mid-wicket, ending his brave vigil.