LV County Championship - Division Two
Worcestershire 249 (S C Moore 109 no) & 447-7 dec (V S Solanki 140, G A Hick 101, S C Moore 66, A G Botha 4-77) v Warwickshire 215 (I J L Trott 80, N S Poonia 50) & 164-7 (G J Batty 4-34)
Warwickshire (8pts) drew with Worcestershire (8pts)
Worcestershire's victory charge was thwarted by the weather as each side took eight points from the opening game of the season.
Resuming on 26-3 and needing to bat all day to secure the draw, Warwickshire were staring defeat in the face at 164-7 with 34 overs still to be bowled before the rain closed in.
The hosts had Michael Powell and night watchman Lee Daggett to thank for early resistance before they fell victim to the spin of Gareth Batty (4-34).
Navdeep Poonia edged Steve Magoffin to third slip while Luke Parker (20)clipped Kabir Ali to gully as the Pears slipped to 109-7.
However, without the solid defence of Tony Frost and Ant Botha, who added an unbeaten 55 for the eighth wicket in an hour-and-a-half, Warwickshire would almost certainly have claimed the win.
Worcestershire batsman Graeme Hick tightened the screws on local rivals Warwickshire with his 135th first-class century in their LV County Championship clash at Edgbaston.
Hick made 101 as his side went on to finish on 447-7 declared. But it was Vikram Solanki who provided the real fireworks, blasting 23 fours and a six on his way to 140.
Apart from Ant Botha, whose left-arm spin claimed four for 77, Warwickshire's bowlers appeared powerless to stem the tide leaving the hosts chasing a daunting target of 482
After the declaration came things went from bad to worse for Warwickshire as they lost three wickets for 26 in 16 overs.
Worcestershire were still without Simon Jones but the former England bowler hopes a sore neck will have eased in time for him to bowl on the final day.
His substitute, Moeen Ali, was involved in the first wicket, holding a simple chance when Ian Westwood steered a short ball from Kabir Ali to point.
Then Hick was in the thick of the action again, taking two catches at slip as Gareth Batty dismissed Darren Maddy and Jonathan Trott in his first 13 balls.
Worcestershire were well on their way to setting Warwickshire a big target at the end of day two at Edgbaston.
After skittling the hosts for 215, first innings centurion Stephen Moore and Vikram Solanki combined for a partnership of 141 to give the Pears a lead of 184 with eight wickets remaining.
Moore was dismissed shortly before the close of play after adding 66 to Wednesday's innings of 109 not out, leaving Solanki unbeaten on 75 as Worcestershire reached 150-2.
Earlier, Warwickshire resumed on 39-3 and while Jonathan Trott was at the crease they had every chance of overhauling the Pears' first effort, especially with Simon Jones unable to bowl after waking up with a stiff neck.
But, with Trott having shared an 82-run stand for the fifth wicket with Navdeep Poonia (50) and other useful partnerships with Luke Parker and Tony Frost, the tail folded meekly.
Trott made 80 before with 13 fours before being run out and the last three wickets fell without a run being added as Gareth Andrew removed Anthony Botha, Tim Groenewald and Neil Carter to wrap up the innings.
Poonia, in his first championship innings, had looked well set having struck nine boundaries in his half-century but became the second wicket to fall to spinner Gareth Batty (2-21).
Stephen Moore struck a dogged century to carry Worcestershire to a respectable total against their local rivals on day one at Edgbaston.
The 27-year-old compiled an undefeated 109 in nearly five hours, his eighth first-class hundred, after his side had collapsed to 113-6.
And the visitors' recovery was complete in the final overs of the day - Kabir Ali removing Ian Westwood while Simon Jones snared Darren Maddy with his sixth delivery for his new county.
Most of the Warwickshire bowlers contributed on a blameless pitch - Jonathan Trott and Neil Carter bagging three wickets apiece, the latter having veteran Graeme Hick caught at long leg for 10.
But Moore continued to graft hard and was rewarded with some support from Kabir (36), who starred in a 54-run stand for the seventh wicket, and Steve Magoffin, with whom he added 58.