Lancashire make vital strikes

Bailey- two-wicket haul
Bailey- two-wicket haul
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Lancashire built a strong position against Warwickshire during a tension-filled second session of their Specsavers County Championship survival battle at Edgbaston.

Put in, Warwickshire reached tea on 165 for six having found the going tough against a ball which swung, spun and was accurately deployed by the visiting bowlers.

Warwickshire resumed after lunch on 83 for three, having lost Ian Westwood (0), Alex Mellor (27) and Jonathan Trott (25) in the morning, and advanced to 105 before losing two wickets in five balls.

The first was earned by bowling skill as Ian Bell (37, 87 balls, six fours) was beaten by a nip-backer by Kyle Jarvis and out lbw, but the second was self-inflicted. Sam Hain played Simon Kerrigan wide of mid-off and called for a single which Tim Ambrose failed to make, beaten by Jarvis’s direct-hit to perish for a duck.

When Rikki Clarke fell lbw, trying to pull Jordan Clarke, for 16, it was 142 for six and Warwickshire badly need Hain (46 not out, 101 balls at tea) to stick around - and find some support.

In the morning session Tom Bailey claimed the scalps of Ian Westwood and Alex Mellor.