Durham captain Paul Collingwood struck his first century of the season to plunge Lancashire into further relegation trouble on the final day of their drawn LV= County Championship Division One fixture.
Collingwood, who has now led Durham to four victories and a draw in his last five matches as skipper, scored his first century since June 2011 to help the visitors post 416 - their highest total of the season - at Aigburth.
The Durham skipper hit 11 fours in making an impressive 114 and his 190-ball effort was chiefly responsible for ensuring that the visitors took a 164-run lead on first innings.
Durham were eventually dismissed on the stroke of tea but rain returned to prevent Lancashire's batsmen having to face an awkward 32 overs in their second innings against an attack led by the in-form Graham Onions.
Lancashire took seven points from the game and probably need to win their last two matches of the season - against Middlesex and Surrey - to have a chance of avoiding playing their four-day cricket in Division Two next season.
Durham took 10 points from the match and their fears of relegation are a distant memory.
Keaton Jennings produced a composed 70 as Durham had the better of day three of their clash with Lancashire.
South Africa born Jennings held together Durham's reply, which reached 187-4 by the close in Liverpool after the home side had made it to 262, probably not enough to help their survival bid.
Lancashire's main hope of a big first innings score - they started the day 221-6 - was Tom Smith, but he could only add five to his 86 from Tuesday before falling to Graham Onions.
Onions was the clear pick of the visiting attack and he grabbed two more wickets before the end of Lancashire's innings to post fine figures of 6-41 and further his England claims once more.
Kyle Hogg ended on an unbeaten 60 but Durham were soon making inroads towards a first innings lead as Jennings and Mark Stoneman added 90 for the first wicket.
Stoneman eventually fell to spinner Steve Kerrigan for 44 but Jennings continued to impress and added another 52 with Michael Richardson before his 128-ball knock came to an end.
Richardson reached 39 by stumps, a pain-staking knock off 112 balls, with Kerrigan and Gary Keedy each picking up a couple of wickets for the home side who desperately need a win if they are to avoid relegation.
No play was possible on the second day of Lancashire's County Championship match against Durham at Liverpool.
Overnight rain had already ruled out any possibility of play before mid-afternoon when a lunchtime downpour put paid to any prospect of the players getting on the field.
The washout comes as a blow to Durham's hopes of winning five championship games for the first time in the county's history but it does even more serious damage to Lancashire's chances of avoiding relegation - only 12 months after winning the title.
The Old Trafford side are 15 points from safety and probably need to win two of their final three games to have any chance of survival.
Lancashire will begin day three on 221-6 in their first innings.
Lancashire recovered from 11-4 thanks to battling fifties by Tom Smith and Gareth Cross on the first day against Durham at Liverpool.
Cross made 57 - his highest Championship score in 12 innings - while Smith was 86 not out at close of play, when Lancashire had reached a respectable 221-6.
Kyle Hogg was also unbeaten on 36, his unbroken seventh-wicket stand with Smith having yielded 91 runs.
Before his 177-ball innings Smith had made just 17 runs in five Championship innings this season and his highest first-class score for over a year could not have been better timed for a team who probably need to win two of their last three matches to have a chance of staying up.
Opting to bat first, Lancashire were soon in trouble, before Cross and Smith took the score beyond three figures and blunted the threat of Paul Collingwood's seven-man attack with a 72-run sixth-wicket partnership.
Cross had hit six boundaries in his 79-ball innings when he played over the top of a full-length ball from Stokes but Kyle Hogg continued the counter-attack in enterprising fashion.
Graham Onions was easily the pick of the Durham attack, the seamer finishing with three for 26 off 20 overs. Stokes took two for 60 from 13 overs but every Durham bowler found Lancashire's later batsmen in resolute mood on an absorbing day.