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Alex Davies shines on Day Three at Edgbaston

Alex Davies shines on Day Three at Edgbaston

An intriguing, if slow-burning, day/night Specsavers County Championship tussle between Warwickshire and Lancashire will head into the final day at Edgbaston with all results still possible.

In search of a third successive championship victory, Lancashire closed the third day on 178 for four, 130 ahead.

On a slowish pitch with pink balls which, the participants report, have gone very soft after about 30 overs, any target around 250 would be a tough ask for a Warwickshire side which has suffered more than its share of batting collapses this season.

With runs coming throughout the match at an average of fewer than three per over, a slow-burning plot it has certainly been - with a historic dimension. During the home side's first-innings 321 (earning them a lead of 48), Andy Umeed lodged the slowest century in championship history. On his way to 113 (392 balls, seven fours), the 21-year-old reached his ton in 429 minutes - nine more than the previous slowest, by Northamptonshire's Billy Denton against Derbyshire in 1914.

Umeed frustrated Lancashire for more than a day but Steven Croft's side will still fancy their chances of putting Warwickshire under pressure on the final day after Alex Davies' forceful 79 (129 balls, 12 fours) increased the Red Rose momentum.

After Warwickshire resumed on the third morning on 259 for seven, Umeed and Jeetan Patel (50, 86 balls, six fours) took their partnership to exactly 100 before falling in quick succession to Stephen Parry. The spinner's first ball of the day had Patel stumped and then he drifted a lovely delivery inside Umeed's defence to win an lbw decision.

Last-wicket pair George Panayi and Boyd Rankin supplied a bit of tail-wagging, hitting seven fours in a stand of 36 which ended when Jordan Clark uprooted Panayi's off-stump to end with four for 81.

Lancashire sent in Jos Buttler to open in the second innings but he lifted his sixth ball, from Keith Barker, to mid-wicket.

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But Davies added 53 in 24 overs with Haseeb Hameed and, after Hameed fell lbw to Rikki Clarke, 80 in 23 overs with Croft and those stands evened the match right up.

Rankin removed Davies and Croft, caught at mid-on and mid-wicket respectively, but Lancashire ended the day with Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dane Vilas still at the crease and plenty of power to add on the final morning. 

 
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