Simon Kerrigan-inspired Lancashire defeat Warwickshire
LV= COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Old Trafford: Lancashire 253 & 319 beat Warwickshire 254 & 197 by 121 runs (Lancs 21pts, Warwicks 5pts) Match scorecard
Kerrigan finished with match figures of 7-87
Left-arm spinner and debutant Simon Kerrigan picked up a five-wicket haul to lead Lancashire to a 121-run victory over Warwickshire.
The visitors began the day on 52-3 chasing 319 to win, but Kerrigan (5-43) took three wickets in his first four overs to effectively end the contest.
Bears captain Ian Westwood carried his bat for an unbeaten 82 to delay defeat.
But Saj Mahmood snared last man Imran Tahir to dismiss the visitors for 197 and seal Lancashire a comfortable win.
Westwood and Jim Troughton (39) had taken their fourth-wicket stand to 65 when, in the 12th over of the day, Kerrigan was introduced into the action and had Troughton superbly caught by Ashwell Prince on the run at mid-on.
New batsman Rikki Clarke was dropped by Stephen Moore off Mahmood in the next over, but his reprieve did not last long.
The former Surrey man was stumped by Luke Sutton off Kerrigan, with wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose trapped leg before to the same bowler two balls later.
Chris Woakes was caught at slip off Kerrigan for a duck and the Warwickshire collapse continued when Neil Carter's ugly swipe off the bowling of Tom Smith (2-27) found Prince at extra cover.
Preston-born Kerrigan, in the Lancashire side as a result of the broken collarbone sustained by Gary Keedy in pre-season, then completed his maiden first-class five-for by accounting for Naqaash Tahir lbw.
At this point Warwickshire had lost five wickets for 12 runs, but Westwood and Imran Tahir (36) saved some face with a 10th-wicket stand of 63 before a Mahmood snorter had the last man fending to a diving Prince.
BBC Radio Lancashire's Scott Read: "When Gary Keedy took a tumble at third man in a friendly game against Durham, Lancashire coach Peter Moores must have feared the worst and the worst happened. Lancashire's leading-wicket taker of last season had broken his collarbone.
"With Keedy out for at least half the season, Moores gave Simon Kerrigan his big chance, handing him his debut in this game.
"His first wicket, that of Ian Bell in the first innings, may well have been a touch fortunate but his final-day return of 5-43 is a sensational achievement by the 20-year-old.
"The game hung in the balance for large parts and Lancashire will leave for Essex next week knowing that key partnerships at vital times were pivotal in taking the game away from Warwickshire, not to mention the impact of their young spinner."
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