Warwickshire v Lancashire: Visitors hold narrow lead

LV= County Championship Division One, Edgbaston

Close, day three: Lancashire 286 & 84-2, Warwickshire 322

Warwickshire 5 pts, Lancashire 4 pts

Match scorecard

Lancashire ended the third day leading by 48 with eight wickets left as their meeting with Warwickshire heads for a likely draw at Edgbaston.

Resuming on 130-4, Warwickshire owed their 36-run first-innings lead to a sixth-wicket stand of 97 between Tim Ambrose (62) and Rikki Clarke (56).

Keith Barker made an unbeaten 44 as the Bears were bowled out for 322.

But Lancashire then lost both openers, Paul Horton (42) and Alex Davies (30) as they closed on 84-2.

Having won just once in seven games since returning to the top flight, the 2011 county champions would edge out of the Division One relegation zone if they can avoid defeat on the final day.

A third victory of the season for the Bears would lift them a place up to fifth in the table.