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Lancashire vs Worcs

Division Two: Lancashire victory hopes ended by rain

Ashwell Prince: 95 in vain as Lancashire settle for draw

Lancashire skipper Glen Chapple

Lancashire had to settle for a draw in their Division Two opener with Worcestershire, raining ending their slim hopes of victory.

Their international stars Ashwell Prince (95) and Simon Katich (84) earned Lancashire a first-innings lead of 114 with the hosts declaring on 448-7 just after lunch on the final day.

Worcestershire were 17-1 in the ninth over of their second innings when the rain arrived to end the game, meaning Lancashire had to settle for nine points and the visitors six.

Lancashire began the day on 250-3 and South African Prince and Australian Katich carried on where they had left off on Friday, taking their overnight partnership from 71 to 181.

Having been dropped on 30 at mid-off by substitute Shaaiq Choudhry off Alan Richardson, Katich eased Chris Russell over long-on for six on the way to a 70-ball half-century.

Prince, also dropped on 87 by Moeen Ali at deep square-leg off Richardson, had already brought up his fifty off 80 balls beforehand having pulled Russell and Richardson for sixes.

But he fell trying to reach his hundred with a third, skying to Daryl Mitchell running around from mid-on to allow Richardson a bit of revenge and leave the score at 360-4 in the 109th over.

Katich also fell within sight of three figures when he nicked an attempted cut off Ali's off-spin behind to Michael Johnson.

Gareth Cross was run out going for a fourth run and Steven Croft was caught at first slip by Mitchell off David Lucas prior to lunch.

Glen Chapple and Wayne White returned after the break to wallop another 32 runs in four overs before declaring to allow their bowlers a minimum of 62 overs with the ball - in theory.

Chapple took the only wicket to fall when he had Matt Pardoe caught behind, but the rain then arrived to end the game.

Match Details

10th - 13th Apr 2013
Lancashire won the toss and elected to bowl.
Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
R J Bailey and R J Evans


Batsman R
Mitchell not out 10
Pardoe c Cross b Chapple 11
Ali not out 0
Extras 2nb, 2b, 1lb 5
Total 11.1 Overs 26 - 1
Full Batting Card

lancashire BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Chapple 6 3 9 1
Hogg 5.1 1 14 0
Full Bowling Card