LV County Championship - Division One
Old Trafford - Day Three
Lancashire 206 (O P Rayner 5-65) & 285 (S G Law 73, G Chapple 52 no) v Sussex 316 (C D Nash 108, M J Prior 73) & 14-0
Lancashire (8pts) drew with Sussex (10pts)
Sussex were left cursing the bad weather after being denied the chance to push for victory on day four against Lancashire.
Not a ball was bowled at Old Trafford with the visitors enduring a frustrating morning watching the rain fall, denying them the chance to chase 176.
They should have resumed on 14-0 having bowled the Red Rose county out for 285, though it could have been much better had it not been for a ninth-wicket stand of 78 between Glen Chapple and Dominic Cork.
Sussex have to settle for 10 points from the draw while Lancashire, who face rivals Yorkshire next, finish with eight.
Lancashire will be hoping that the predicted bad weather in Manchester on Saturday will save them from defeat against title rivals Sussex.
The visitors require another 162 to win with all 10 second wickets in hand, after they were frustrated by a ninth-wicket partnership of 78 between Lancashire's veteran all-rounders Glen Chapple and Dominic Cork.
Champions Sussex looked to have the match wrapped up at tea on the third day, with Lancashire leading by just 71 runs with only two second-innings wickets in hand.
The Red Rose had slumped to 181 for eight as they attempted to overhaul a first-innings deficit of 110.
Left-arm swing bowler Jason Lewry claimed three wickets while Robin Martin-Jenkins and Ollie Rayner took two each.
Lancashire captain Stuart Law top-scored for the hosts with 73 as their batting woes continued - they have only passed 400 once this season.
But the hosts were finally bowled out for 285 after the entertaining heroics of Chapple (52no) and Cork (43).
Before the close, Sussex openers Chris Nash and Mark Thornely nervously edged their way to 14 for nought after 10 overs in pursuit of 176 to win.
Chris Nash scored his maiden first-class hundred for Sussex before they lost their last seven wickets for 83, as Lancashire clawed their way back into their Division One clash at Old Trafford.
Nash notched three figures for the first time in his 70th innings, finishing with 108 as Sussex crumbled from a position of strength at 233 for three to 316 all out on the second day of the match.
But the hosts should have been well and truly out of this clash until a whole host of rash shots gifted Lancashire a way back in.
Left-arm spinner Gary Keedy did not have one of his best days with the ball but
still managed to claim the wickets of Chris Adams and Ollie Rayner to become the 30th Lancashire bowler to reach 500 first-class wickets.
Steven Croft claimed the wickets of Nash and Matt Prior, who added a breezy 73,
to start the rot for Sussex.
And South African Francois Du Plessis picked up a wicket with his occasional leg-spin after he had earlier ran out Carl Hopkinson.
But it was Dominic Cork and Lee Croft who shared the honours as the best Lancashire bowlers with two for 37 from 15.3 overs and two for 38 from 14 respectively.
Robin Martin-Jenkins gave Sussex a late boost with the wicket of Lou Vincent caught at first slip by Rayner as Lancashire closed on nine for one - still 101 runs behind.
Sussex spinner Ollie Rayner ripped through the Lancashire batting line-up, taking his second five-for of the season to bowl the hosts out for 206 at Old Trafford.
Lancashire won the toss and chose to bat in a gloomy Manchester as Sussex welcomed back influential spinner Mushtaq Ahmed after a six-week injury lay-off, but it was his spinning team-mate who stole the show.
After Jason Lewry blasted through the opening three wickets Lancashire slumped to 31-4, and after a fightback of sorts Rayner ripped through five home batsmen as the home side again failed to reach 400 in a first innings.
Mushtaq did get in on the act with one wicket but Rayner's 5-65 was the talking point, as Sussex ended the day on nine without loss and well poised in the match.
Lewry got rid of Lou Vincent and Iain Sutcliffe with the score on 11, before he grabbed his third wicket with that of Paul Horton and Luke Wright dismissed skipper Stuart Law to leave Lancashire languishing on 31-4.
Francois Du Plessis and Steven Croft added 59 but Rayner broke that partnership by catching the South African off his own bowling for 37.
After two more Rayner wickets, Luke Sutton and Dominic Cork added another 53 before Cork became Rayner's fourth victim, and last man out Sajid Mahmood completed his five-for.