Lancashire batted out for a draw after being set a target of 336 in 85 overs on the final day against Essex at Old Trafford.
The home side were never interested in attempting such a difficult run chase and instead took a defensive approach to securing a stalemate.
David Masters (1-25) had Stephen Moore caught behind for five early on but Luke Sutton and Paul Horton combined for a painstaking 93-run, second-wicket stand.
Sutton appeared to revel in the situation, scoring 26 off 155 balls in more than three hours, while Horton's 64 was marginally more attacking, coming from 179 deliveries and including nine fours.
The match briefly came to life in the evening session when Lancashire lost three wickets without adding a run.
Essex seamer Chris Wright (2-30) accounted for Horton and Steven Croft (0), and leg-spinner Danish Kaneria (1-49) bagged the scalp of Ashwell Prince (29), as the hosts slipped from 144-2 to 144-5 with 18 overs remaining.
But sixth-wicket pair Mark Chilton (12no) and Glen Chapple (21no) stood firm during an unbroken 33-run alliance to see out the draw, Lancashire closing on 177-5.
Matt Walker (53no) and Ryan ten Doeschate (56) had earlier hit half-centuries as Essex batted for 9.4 overs on the fourth morning to extend their second innings from 155-4 to a declaration at 212-5.
Lancashire, who are unbeaten with three wins and three draws from their six LV County Championship games this season, remain third in the table, while Essex are down in seventh.
Essex extended their second innings from 26-1 to 155-4, an overall lead of 278, on a rain-curtailed third day against Lancashire at Old Trafford.
It was slow going during the morning session as the visitors lost nightwatchman Chris Wright (8) and Ravi Bopara (5) to slip to 61-3 before opener Jaik Mickleburgh found a willing ally in Matt Walker.
Mickleburgh made his way to 64 off 146 balls, including seven fours, before being run out by Steven Croft from cover during the afternoon.
Walker (36no) and Ryan ten Doeschate (31no) added an unbroken 49 for the fifth wicket but rain arrived at 3pm and prevented any further play, frustrating Essex's hopes of pushing for their second victory of the season.
Five of the six bowlers used by Essex captain Mark Pettini got amongst the wickets as Lancashire's batsmen struggled at Old Trafford.
The hosts were reduced to 101 for seven at the end of the 37th over in reply to Essex's first-innings total of 307.
But at least a fourth County Championship half-century of the summer for former Test pace bowler Sajid Mahmood helped his side avoid the follow-on and reach 184 all out.
Mahmood finished with 58, off as many balls, while Pakistani leg-spinner Danish Kaneria was the pick of the visiting attack with 3 for 42 from 13.1 overs.
Maurice Chambers and Ryan ten Doeschate had claimed two each of the first seven but Lancashire were hampered by a bout of sickness for regular opener Stephen Moore. The ex-Worcestershire batsman only came in at number six and made just three.
Essex opener Billy Godleman was the 15th wicket to fall in the day when he was caught behind by Luke Sutton off the bowling of Kyle Hogg in the visiting side's second innings.
They reached 26 for one from 13 overs at the close and will begin day three with a handy lead of 149.
Lancashire captain Glen Chapple took two wickets in the last 11 overs to give his side a boost on day one of their LV= County Championship Division One match against Essex at Old Trafford.
Having been invited to bat, the visitors ended the day on 251 for six with Ryan ten Doeschate top scoring for Essex with 85.
Openers Billy Godleman and Jaik Mickleburgh, who shared 73 for the first wicket, both hit 39, off 74 and 95 balls respectively, but they fell to left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan either side of lunch.
Matthew Walker (42) and Ten Doeschate later shared 66 in 17 overs for the fourth wicket before the former chopped on to Sajid Mahmood after tea.
Essex looked as if they would claim the day's honours until Chapple trapped James Foster and Ten Doeschate, who hit 13 fours in 123 balls, lbw late in the day.
Chapple finished with two for 41 from 18 overs and Kerrigan two for 71 from 33.