LV County Championship - Division One
Edgbaston - Day Four
Warwickshire 403-8 dec (I R Bell 106, I J L Trott 79, I J Westwood 60, R Clarke 54, O J Newby 3-62) v Lancashire 317 (M J Chilton 85, F Du Plessis 79, N Tahir 4-54, A G Botha 4-86)
Warwickshire clinched maximum bonus points as the rain forced a draw in their LV County Championship Division One match against Lancashire at Edgbaston.
With the entire first day rained off and further weather problems on day three, a 12th draw in 14 games at the ground already looked inevitable.
But the eighth-placed side were able to boost their points tally as they made 403 for eight before declaring, and they then managed to bowl out third-placed Lancashire for 317 after the sides agreed to play into the final hour.
Warwickshire began the day by securing maximum bonus points as they extended their first innings until their ninth-wicket pair of Chris Woakes and Naqaash Tahir had taken them past 400.
They then declared, denying Lancashire a final bowling point.
Paul Horton struck eight fours in his 81-ball 43 before he clipped Woakes to short midwicket, where Jim Troughton plucked out a sharp catch.
Mark Chilton went on to complete a stubborn half century from 78 balls but it was Francois Du Plessis, recovered from a calf injury that forced him to miss two championship games, who provided the entertainment for a sparse crowd.
The South African struck seven fours in a 58-ball 50 and went past his previous championship-best of 58, before holing out to deep mid-wicket off Ant Botha when a century appeared there for the taking.
Chilton eventually holed out to long on to give Botha his fourth wicket but Warwickshire clinched maximum bonus points when Tahir bowled Sajid Mahmood on his way to four for 55, his best championship figures in two years.
Warwickshire look destined for their sixth draw in seven LV County Championship matches after just 35 overs were possible on day three at Edgbaston.
The Bears added just 114 runs to their overnight total and still need 30 more to claim maximum batting points against title-hopefuls Lancashire.
Wet weather had dominated the opening two days and despite another delay at the start of day three, the Red Rose seamers struck twice in quick succession when play eventually got underway.
England outcast Tim Ambrose (28) was first to go, driving Oliver Newby (3-62) off his legs straight to Mark Chilton in the last over bowled with the old ball.
In-form Jonathan Trott added only 10 to his total, reaching 79 from 145 balls, before he was beaten by a searing Sajid Mahmood Yorker.
A half-century from all-rounder Rikki Clarke put Warwickshire back on track - the former England international hitting eight fours on his way to a patient 54.
Kyle Hogg grabbed his third wicket of the innings when Ant Botha gloved through to Luke Sutton behind the stumps, and when Clarke perished to Newby shortly after, it was left to Woakes (24 not out) and Naqaash Tahir (1no) to edge the hosts up to 370-8 before the rain returned.
England discard Ian Bell stroked a century as Warwickshire closed on 256-4 after day two of the rain-affected Division One match against Lancashire at Edgbaston.
The opening day of the fixture was completely washed out and Bell, released from England's squad after being deemed surplus to requirements for the second Ashes Test at Lord's, made a worthwhile journey north to turn out for his county.
Bell was required in the middle in the second over after Lancashire seamer Kyle Hogg (2-40) trapped Tony Frost (1) lbw.
And the elegant right-hander came through a testing early spell in seam-friendly conditions to pass 50 for the fifth time in six championship innings.
He shared a second-wicket stand of 130 with Bears skipper Ian Westwood (60) and then added 78 alongside Jonathan Trott for the third wicket.
Bell brought up his 25th first-class century in the afternoon and had struck 14 fours from 180 balls when he edged behind off Oliver Newby (1-42) shortly before tea.
Jim Troughton mustered just two before departing to left-arm spinner Gary Keedy (1-72) as Warwickshire were pegged back at 227-4.
But Tim Ambrose (13no) joined Trott (69no) to see the hosts through to stumps - which came after just 74 overs due to bad light - without further loss.
Lancashire skipper Glen Chapple was ruled out of the match because of a sore left foot, Luke Sutton leading the side in his absence.
The opening day of Warwickshire's LV County Championship Division One fixture against Lancashire at Edgbaston was washed out without a ball being bowled.
Rain, which had also ruined the NatWest Pro40 League fixture with Middlesex on the previous evening, returned in a succession of heavy showers until umpires Trevor Jesty and John Steele ruled out any play at 3.30pm.
With Warwickshire second from bottom on their return to the top flight after a year's absence, this is their last chance to register a win in a run of six consecutive home games in a lopsided fixture list.
From next week, when they travel to meet Hampshire at the Rose Bowl, they will be on the road for seven of their remaining nine matches.
When the Lancashire game eventually gets under way, captain Ian Westwood is expected to return after missing the Pro40 fixture because of a sore throat.
Lancashire have Tom Smith and Francois du Plessis in their squad after their recoveries from recent injuries.