Lancashire profit as Jonathan Trott struggles
|LV County Championship Division One, Edgbaston|
|Close, day two: Lancashire 227 & 118-4, Warwickshire 172|
|Lancs 4pt, Warwicks 3pts|
England batsman Jonathan Trott fell cheaply and then dropped two catches as Lancashire took charge of their clash with Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
The Bears resumed day two on 39-1 but slumped to 106-7 as Trott (9), Ian Bell (33) and Mohammad Yousuf (26) all fell.
And they needed 43 from Tim Ambrose to eventually make 172, James Anderson and Luke Procter each taking three wickets.
Trott then spilled Mark Chilton (23) and Steven Croft (53 not out) as Lancashire closed on 118-4, 173 ahead.
Trott, Bell and Anderson are all making their first appearances of the season for their counties after their winter work with England, and it is certainly Lancashire's Anderson who has enjoyed the bragging rights over his international colleagues so far.
But even he was upstaged by veteran Glen Chapple in the first hour as the Lancashire captain turned the screw on the Bears.
He trapped in-form Varun Chopra leg before without adding to his overnight 21 with his first ball of the day and saw Trott's edge fall just short of first slip with his next delivery.
Trott did not last much longer, though, as he soon gave Stephen Moore a routine catch at second slip to hand Chapple his 799th career wicket.
But although the 800th did not follow, Lancashire made rapid progress as left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan had Bell caught behind before medium-pacer Proctor removed Yousuf and Rikki Clarke on his way to a career-best 3-33.
With Warwickshire teetering badly, Ambrose added a valuable 56 with all-rounder Keith Barker before Anderson trapped the former England wicketkeeper leg before.
That stand helped the Bears limit their first-innings deficit to 55, and they soon made inroads to reduce Lancashire to 27-3.
But Trott handed the visitors a helping hand by dropping Chilton and Croft, when he was on 31, at first slip as the Red Rose reached the close with a semblance of control.
CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARIES
BBC WM's Richard Wilford:
"A few spilled chances and a little bit of bad luck has left the Bears up against it at the mid-point of this match.
"Stand-in skipper Ian Bell feels 220 to 240 might be a plausible and attainable target in the final innings, but that sounds a little over-optimistic to me.
"It's been a compelling couple of days though, and there could yet be an unexpected turn on day three."
BBC Radio Manchester's Liam Bradford:
"A good day for Lancashire, particularly the final session, which will keep their spirits high going into day three of this game. The bowling conditions were as good as they get and the batsmen had to cling on in the vain hope they might make contact.
"Luke Procter, James Anderson and Glen Chapple did the damage with the ball, despite a decent partnership between Ambrose and Barker, to give Lancashire a 55-run first innings lead.
"Lancashire will have headed back to the hotel with a wry smile, though, as the were able to ride their luck after a series of dropped catches. Out-of-form Steven Croft scrapped very hard for his half-century, he'll be looking to push on."