Kerrigan heroics down Warks
Simon Kerrigan took five wickets in 32 balls as Lancashire dismissed Warwickshire for 97 and romped to a 147-run victory before tea on the third afternoon of their LV= County Championship clash at Edgbaston.
An unpredictable pitch - with variable bounce for the seamers and noticeable turn for the spinners - left the home side with little hope of survival as they were set 245 after Lancashire had lost their last six second innings wickets for 71.
Slow left-armer Kerrigan returned astonishing figures of 7-1-7-5 and spin partner Gary Keedy claimed 3-2 in 26 balls.
Red Rose captain Glen Chapple put his side on the way to an emphatic result by becoming only the fifth current county bowler to reach 800 first-class wickets.
William Porterfield became victim number 800 when feathering a catch to wicketkeeper Gareth Cross before lunch and Chapple made it 801 when Ian Bell lobbed up a simple chance to Karl Brown, running across from square-leg.
Seamer James Anderson went wicketless, partly because England team-mate Jonathan Trott got away with a couple of edges wide of the slips, but Warwickshire, having reached 68 for two, were sunk as soon as Kerrigan joined the attack.
His third delivery turned to remove Varun Chopra for 25 and when Mohammad Yousuf recklessly came down the pitch, a simple stumping for Cross sparked off one of the most rapid collapses seen on the ground in recent times.
From the 22nd over to the 31st, Warwickshire lost seven for 11 as they caved in after Trott’s lbw dismissal for 39, attempting to sweep the last ball in Keedy’s opening over from the new Pavilion end.
Rikki Clarke was given out leg before in Kerrigan’s fifth over and the 22-year-old then had Tim Ambrose and Keith Barker snapped up close to the wicket from successive deliveries.
It was Keedy who mopped up the last two wickets, Chris Woakes and Maurice Holmes both lbw, and Warwickshire were doomed to a second defeat after beginning their season with victories over Somerset and Worcestershire.
The one bright spot for the hosts was the bowling of Boyd Rankin and Woakes in wrapping up Lancashire’s second innings, starting with the latter having Steven Croft caught at second slip for 67.
For Lancashire it has been a fantastic start as they bid to end a 77-year wait for an outright championship title, with only Sussex at Hove escaping defeat in four matches.