Warwickshire pair Wright and Maddy check Lancashire

Chris Wright
County Championship Division One, Aigburth
Close, day one: Lancashire 125-5 v Warwickshire
Warwickshire 1pt, Lancashire 0pts
Match scorecard

Warwickshire's Chris Wright and Darren Maddy stifled Lancashire on a rain-hit opening day at Aigburth.

Karl Brown's stubborn 46 from 105 balls looked to have guided the hosts into a decent position, before they stumbled late in the day.

Lancashire slipped from 101-2 to 125-5 at close, as Darren Maddy (2-11) dismissed Ashwell Prince for 11 and Steven Croft for 10.

Wright took the wicket of the resilient Brown to finish with figures of 1-27.

Play finally got underway at 1345 BST and Stephen Moore was given a life with the opening ball the day after he was bowled by Keith Barker, only to be saved by one of three no-balls from the former Blackburn and Rochdale footballer.

But the left-armer gained revenge thanks to a stunning one-handed low catch by Rikki Clarke in the slips.

Horton was the second wicket to fall, trapped lbw by Clarke's medium pace, to leave the score at 77-2.

Prince chipped Maddy to Ian Bell at short mid-on, Wright accounted for Brown, before Maddy returned to see off Steven Croft, caught by Clarke at second slip.

A fourth interruption, this time for bad light, brought play to an early end, with 41 overs lost in the day.

VIEWS FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Clive Eakin:

"On a day when rain prevented any play in the morning and hail was bouncing off the outfield at one stage, we did well to get over a half day of cricket.

"In the end, Warwickshire will be quite happy despite not getting the early wickets they would have hoped for after winning the toss.

"Darren Maddy was the pick of the bowlers and may have been unlucky not to have more than two wickets. He thought two LBW shouts were "closer than close".

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