LV County Championship - Division One
Old Trafford - Day Three
Warwickshire 106 (S I Mahmood 4-21, G Chapple 4-42) & 272 (A G R Loudon 80, I J Westwood 50) v Lancashire 311 (V V S Laxman 103, P J Horton 71, N M Carter 5-62) & 71-1
Lancashire (20pts) beat Warwickshire (3pts) by 9 wkts
Lancashire moved to the top of the County Championship with a nine-wicket victory over Warwickshire at Old Trafford, and put them a step closer to a first title for 73 years.
Starting the day still 80 runs behind, Warwickshire were knocked over for 272, which could have been worse but for Alex Loudon's knock of 80, but it was not enough and Lancs lost just one wicket as the chased down a victory target of just 68.
A fifth win of the season for the Red Rose county gave them 20 points for the match after an emphatic win, and moved them six points clear at the top of the Division One table.
Glen Chapple's 3-71 helped to keep the wickets tumbling as the Bears made 272 in their second innings, enabling Lancashire's Mark Chilton and Steven Croft to knock off the runs and put them just a game away from a first title since 1934.
The result was also a catostrophic one for the visitors, as Warwickshire were then relegated from Division One after Kent beat Hampshire.
India Test batsman VVS Laxman kept Lancashire in control of their Division One clash with Warwickshire at Old Trafford with his first century for the county.
The 32-year-old reached his hundred off 152 balls as wickets fell steadily around him, guiding his side to a total of 311 and a first innings lead of 205.
Warwickshire, who are fighting to avoid relegation, reached 125-2 in their second innings before bad light brought play to a premature end.
Lancashire began the day chasing batting bonus points, but managed only three thanks to the efforts of Heath Streak and Neil Carter, who bowled superbly for the visitors.
Oliver Newby's ninth wicket stand with Laxman was worth 60 and what could yet prove to be a crucial third bonus point. Laxman's ton included 16 fours before he was eventually out for 103 to bring the innings to a close.
Carter finished with season-best figures of 5-62, while Ian Westwood reached his fifth half-century of the year to give Warwickshire's second innings a firm foundation.
Warwickshire 106 (S I Mahmood 4-21, G Chapple 4-42) v Lancashire 156-4 (P J Horton 71)
Saj Mahmood and Glenn Chapple took four wickets apiece as Lancashire dominated the opening day of their County Championship match against Warwickshire at Old Trafford.
Lancashire, who still have an outside chance of winning the Division One title, bowled their visitors out for just 106 before claiming a first innings lead of 50 by the close of play with six wickets remaining.
Mahmood and Chapple did the damage with the ball, finishing with figures of 4-21 and 4-42 respectively, while Dominic Cork took the key wickets of Michael Powell and Luke Parker.
Six Warwickshire batsman departed for single figures, with Powell and Anthony Botha top-scoring with 27 apiece.
Neil Carter's two wickets threatened to keep Lancashire in check, but Paul Horton's 71 gave them a solid platform for building a big lead on the second day as they reached 156-4.
Horton fell to Botha off the last ball of the day, while Stuart Law made 43 before becoming Carter's second victim.