LV County Championship - Division One
Old Trafford - Day Three
Warwickshire 148 (N M Carter 59, G Chapple 6-19) & 244 (T R Ambrose 55, G Keedy 6-50) v Lancashire 389 (V V S Laxman 113, S J Croft 79, A S Miller 4-76) & 4-0
Lancashire (21pts) beat Warwickshire (3pts) by 10 wkts
Left-arm spinner Gary Keedy took his second six-wicket haul of the Championship season as Lancashire cruised to a 10-wicket victory against Warwickshire with a day to spare at Old Trafford.
The 34-year-old claimed the scalps of Jonathan Trott, Jim Troughton, Tim Ambrose, Neil Carter, Rikki Clarke and Boyd Rankin as he went for 50 runs in 27.2 overs. It was his best return of the summer.
Warwickshire bowled their hosts out for 389 in the morning to give themselves a first-innings deficit of 241.
Wicketkeeper Luke Sutton hit a season-high score of 45 for Lancashire whilst Bears' seamer Andrew Miller returned 4-76 from 25 overs.
However, the visitors were bowled out for 244 in their second innings after slumping early on to 51-3.
Warwickshire needed a win to reach second place in the table but in the event failed to even get a batting bonus point.
Should Yorkshire and Hampshire draw their match at Headingley, Lancashire will finish the season fourth in the table after beginning this match with an outside chance of being relegated.
VVS Laxman's 113 led Lancashire to Division One safety as they reached 353-8, a lead of 205, on day two against Warwickshire at Old Trafford.
Lancashire started the match knowing they had to get seven points to guarantee their top-flight status, working on the assumption that Sussex collected a maximum haul of 22 from their match against Nottinghamshire.
Having picked up all three bowling bonus points on day one, the Red Rose county needed to reach 350 inside 120 overs to collect four of the five available batting bonus points.
They achieved that feat shortly before the close but, by that stage, it was irrelevant because Sussex were bowled out for 243 to pick up just one batting point at Trent Bridge.
Resuming on 126-4, Laxman and Croft extended their fifth-wicket partnership to 154.
All-rounder Croft's 79 off 146 balls was his highest four-day score of the summer in just his sixth match.
There were a grand total of seven breaks for bad light - 28 overs were lost in the day - and Warwickshire did not take a wicket until the 50th over of the day.
Croft chopped on to former Lancashire second team seamer Andrew Miller, who finished with 3-67 runs from 19 overs, to leave his side at 264-5.
Laxman was forced to bat for the majority of the day with opener Paul Horton as his runner after sustaining a back twinge whilst on 61.
But the Hyderabad-born player still went on to complete a watchful yet elegant ton from 232 balls before having his off-stump pegged back by Miller.
Luke Sutton (29no) and Kyle Hogg shared 56 in 10 overs for the eighth wicket before the latter was stumped off spinner Ant Botha (1-64).
Shortly after Hogg's dismissal the sun's reflection off the Media Centre roof at the Stretford End halted proceedings for the day.
Glen Chapple led Lancashire's bid to stave off the threat of relegation with a seasonal-best haul on a dramatic opening day at Old Trafford.
The 35-year-old claimed 6-19 as the Red Rose county moved a step closer to safety by bowling out Warwickshire for 148 inside 45 overs.
Having picked up three of the seven points they require to preserve their top-flight status, Lancashire then reached 126-4 in reply by the close of play.
VVS Laxman made an unbeaten 53 to help the hosts recover from 45-3, the Indian right-hander sharing a fourth-wicket stand of 65 with Mark Chilton (19).
Warwickshire had managed only the one half-centurion in their sorry tale of a first innings, Neil Carter hammering 59 off just 43 deliveries.
Only two other batsmen reached double figures for the visitors - skipper Ian Westwood managing 11 while Jim Troughton hit a determined 48 before becoming the last wicket to fall.
Having chosen to bat first after winning the toss the Bears were blown away by Chapple, who removed England batsman Jonathan Trott (one) during an excellent opening spell that saw six maidens in his first 10 overs.