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England's Ian Bell helps marshal Warwickshire recovery

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY TWO: Lancashire 253 & 84-2, Warwickshire 254
(Warwicks 5 pts, Lancs 5 pts)
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Ian Bell
Ian Bell is surprised by a bit of extra early season lift at Old Trafford

Lancashire and Warwickshire ended the second day evenly poised in the first County Championship game of the summer at Old Trafford.

Warwickshire recovered from 28-4 early on the second morning to reach 254, earning a one-run first innings lead.

England's Ian Bell (47), backed by Jim Troughton (44), Rikki Clarke (43) and Chris Woakes (30no) led the fightback.

But opener Stephen Moore then hit an unbeaten 43 on his Lancashire debut to help his side reach 84-2 at the close.

Just as Lancashire had struggled on the first morning, slumping to 14-4, the Bears struggled early on too.

Resuming on 13-1, captain Glen Chapple sent the stumps cart-wheeling when he bowled Ian Westwood and then nightwatchman Naqaash Tahir in the 12th over before James Anderson had international colleague Jonathan Trott caught behind first ball.

But Bell responded with a serene 47 off 85 balls, putting on 104 in a fifth-wicket partnership with Troughton, who retired hurt with a migraine on 44.

Bell was then caught at short-leg by a juggling Mark Chilton to give 20-year-old left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan his maiden first-class wicket. And the debutant picked up his second six overs later when he had Tim Ambrose caught behind.

Clarke, who hit four fours and a six during his 70-ball stay at the crease, and Woakes carried the visitors beyond 200.

Woakes and Neil Carter then put on 37 for the eighth wicket before the latter was run out thanks to smart work from Steven Croft at point.

The returning Troughton was caught in the slips by Paul Horton in the same Smith over without adding to his 44. But Woakes and Imran Tahir steered the visitors to the narrowest of first-innings leads.

Tom Smith then fell in the seventh over of Lancashire's second innings and Clarke brilliantly caught Horton (26) at second slip. But nightwatchman Anderson will resume with Moore in the morning.

BBC Sport's Scott Read offers his second day verdict from Old Trafford:
It's been a day which young spinner Simon Kerrigan won't forget in a hurry.

The 20-year-old from Preston, making his senior debut for Lancashire, chipped in with 18 overs, picking up two wickets.

He signed on as a pro 12 months ago but, on his competitive debut, his first dismissal was a memorable one, England's Ian Bell, just three runs shy of a 50.

Kerrigan will be hoping his debut can now be sealed with a Lancashire win but, to do that, the Red Rose will need to bat well on day three.

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