AFTER three hard-fought days, Warwickshire and Lancashire had to settle for a draw as the fourth day of their day/night Specsavers County Championship match at Edgbaston was washed out yesterday.
The game had been intriguingly poised with Lancashire set to resume on the fourth day on 178 for four, leading by 130.
All results were still possible with the visitors targeting their third successive win while Warwickshire knew that early wickets could have opened the door to their first championship victory of the season.
But the rain which had been forecast on Wednesday, but never arrived, came a day late, setting in over Birmingham in the morning and continuing to fall until the match was called off at 4pm.
Warwickshire first-team coach Jim Troughton said: “It is a little bit frustrating because it’s been a tough start to the season for us and in the two games where we have played some good cricket the rain has curtailed play.
“It would have been an interesting passage of play today. Lancashire were only 130 ahead and if we had got a couple of early wickets and got into their bowlers then potentially it could have been an interesting day.
“But we will take a lot of good stuff from the game. The guys have put in a good, solid shift over three days.
“We had some chats after the disappointment down at Chelmsford last week and we have seen a reaction. They are small steps but we are going in the right direction.
“We know we haven’t been up to our best with bat or ball so it was good to take ten wickets and we had to think outside the box a little bit how to take those with the pink ball. George Panayi did really well on his debut and then Andy Umeed’s knock, in those conditions against an attack including the best bowler England has ever produced, showed a lot of skill and great temperament.”
Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple said: “It was set up for an interesting finish. We still had work to do but had given some thought to us forcing a victory and I am sure Warwickshire were in the same boat. We didn’t expect the rain today so it was a bit of a surprise.
“This game was a different challenge with the pink ball and the pitch itself was quite slow so it was quite hard work for the batters.
“I thought we competed really well and got ourselves right back into the game and it finishes off four games in succession which we identified were going to be crucial for us. We have got ourselves in a decent position which we are pleased with. There’s more work to do later on but now we can turn our attention to T20 cricket.
“I think the lads enjoyed the day/nighter because it was something different. It looks like the pink ball behaved slightly differently to a red ball. It offers some spin and is good to grip for the spinners, but it’s early days.”