Lancs suffer second defeat
Warwickshire made it two wins out of two in the Championship as they wrapped up a five-wicket success over Lancashire at Liverpool on Sunday.
Keith Barker took his first five-wicket haul in Championship cricket and spinner Jeetan Patel claimed the other five as the Bears, who finished runners-up to Lancashire last season, claimed victory after tea during today's final day.
Resuming this morning on 44 for four, still 35 behind the visitors, Lancashire were dismissed for 148 in their second innings despite 51 from Ashwell Prince.
Warwickshire - who beat Somerset in their opening match - knocked off the 70 runs needed for victory to claim 22 points.
But the run chase was not without a scare as Varun Chopra, Ian Bell, Neil Carter, Jim Troughton and Darren Maddy all fell to spin duo Simon Kerrigan (three for 34) and Gary Keedy (two for 23). In the end, an unbeaten 22 from Will Porterfield saw them home.
Lancashire have now started the defence of their trophy with back-to-back defeats after last week's opening loss to Sussex.
Warwickshire's bid to secure the win - enhanced by a record 224-run partnership between Rikki Clarke and Maddy on the third day - was delayed for 80 minutes by rain this morning.
But once play did get underway, it did not take long for Warwickshire to pile the pressure on Lancashire.
Nightwatchman Keedy was first to go in the sixth over of the day, caught at mid-wicket by Carter off the bowling of Patel for five.
Luke Procter only lasted three balls as he gloved a short-pitched delivery from the impressive Barker to Tim Ambrose behind the stumps for a duck.
Gareth Cross and South African Test batsman Prince provided some resistance after lunch, putting on 28 for the seventh wicket and wiping out Warwickshire's lead.
And it took a fantastic catch from Bell, diving to his right at short mid-wicket, to separate the pair as Cross fell to Barker, who finished with five for 54.
Glen Chapple was next to go for Lancashire as he was caught by substitute Ian Westwood at short-leg off Patel.
While Prince remained, Lancashire still had a chance of surviving and he passed his half-century in 116 balls. He and Kyle Hogg frustrated Warwickshire, putting on 39 for the ninth wicket.
It was Patel who eventually ended Prince's resistance as he bowled him around his legs, and the New Zealand Test spinner finished with five for 52 when Kerrigan edged him to Porterfield at backward short-leg.
Kerrigan removed Chopra and Bell to leave Warwickshire 23 for two, which became 52 for five once Keedy got in on the act.
But Porterfield and Ambrose (11no) took them to victory with no further alarms.