Warwickshire skittled by Lancashire spinners

LV County Championship Division One, Edgbaston
Lancashire 227 & 189 beat Warwickshire 172 & 97 by 147 runs
Lancs 20pts, Warwicks 3pts
Match scorecard
Lancashire spinner Simon kerrigan celebrates a wicket
Lancashire spinner Simon Kerrigan (centre) celebrates the wicket of Warwickshire's Pakistan international batsman Mohammad Yousuf

Spinners Simon Kerrigan and Gary Keedy skittled Warwickshire for just 97 as Lancashire secured victory by 147 runs inside three days at Edgbaston.

Lancashire, 118-4 overnight, were all out for 187 as Boyd Rankin (3-58) and Chris Woakes (4-40) tore through them to set the Bears 245 to win.

But that soon looked beyond them as skipper Glen Chapple made inroads.

Kerrigan (5-7) and Keedy (3-2) then got to work as the hosts lost their last seven wickets for 11 runs in 53 balls.

Slow left armer Kerrigan's astonishing five-wicket burst came in 32 balls as Lancashire romped to victory before tea.

An unpredictable pitch - with variable bounce for the seamers and noticeable turn for the spinners - left the home side with little hope of survival. And Kerrigan returned the astonishing figures of 7-1-7-5, while fellow left-arm spinner Keedy claimed his three scalps in 26 balls.

Visiting captain Glen Chapple had earlier set his side on the way to an emphatic result by becoming only the fifth current county bowler to reach 800 first-class wickets.

William Porterfield was his 800th victiim, feathering a catch to wicket-keeper Gareth Cross before lunch.

And Chapple then made it 801 when stand-in skipper Ian Bell lobbed up a simple chance to Karl Brown, running across from square leg.

England seamer James Anderson went wicket-less, partly because Test team-mate Jonathan Trott got away with a couple of edges wide of the slips.

But the battered Bears, having reached 68-2 at lunch, were sunk as soon as Kerrigan joined the attack.

His third delivery turned to remove Varun Chopra (25) and, when Mohammad Yousuf recklessly came down the pitch, a simple stumping for Cross sparked off one of the most rapid collapses seen on the ground.

From the 22nd over to the 31st, Warwickshire lost seven wickets for 11 as they caved in after Trott's lbw dismissal for 39, attempting to sweep the last ball in Keedy's opening over from the Pavilion End.

Warwickshire's batsmen, one after another, seemed to be mesmerised.

Rikki Clarke was given out leg-before in Kerrigan's fifth over and the younger of the two spinners - he will be 22 next week - then had Tim Ambrose and Keith Barker snapped up close to the wicket from successive deliveries.

It was Keedy who mopped up the last two wickets, Woakes and Maurice Holmes both leg-before, as Warwickshire, who began the season with victories over Somerset and Worcestershire, were doomed to a second successive defeat.

For Lancashire, it has been a steamrollering start with only Sussex at Hove escaping defeat in four matches.

With a quarter of the season gone and three wins in the bank already, Chapple's young side can now reasonably expect to be in with a chance of ending that long wait for a first outright Championship triumph since 1934.

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