County cricket – as it happened

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Peter Moores's five years as the Lancashire coach have ended in drama. Warwickshire needed 25 runs from 27 balls when the umpires were obliged to halt play for bad light, because the readings on their meters had reached the same level as when they suspended play late on the second day. The Bears batsmen Varun Chopra and Ateeq Javid have stayed out in the middle with Peter Hartley and Alex Wharf, but it appears that the game will end in a draw.

With Alastair Cook and Ravi Bopara currently batting for Essex at The Oval, it's worth noting that there will be a significant cricketing breakthrough at the ground tomorrow.
Surrey are hosting a disability day featuring a tri-series between their own Learning and Physical Disability Teams, and those of Essex and Hampshire. They believe this is the first time senior disability cricket has been played at a first-class ground.

There will also be coaching on the outfield for children with special educational needs between 10am and 2pm, a table cricket session in the Ken Barrington Centre, and tours of the ground and other non-cricketing activities.

The distinguished former Middlesex team-mates Mike Gatting and Paul Downton are expected to cross the river wearing their big hats from the MCC and the ECB respectively, and Paul Taylor, the former Northants and England left-arm seamer, is also involved - I had no idea he is the head of the Surrey Cricket Board.

Here at Old Trafford, Warwickshire haven't given up hope of an unlikely win. Paul Horton, after grafting 220 balls for 84 and apparently steering Lancashire towards safety, has just been bowled by Jeetan Patel, after breaking the shackles by hitting a couple of boundaries off Chris Woakes. Lancs are now 157 for five, with a lead of 80, so they should be ok, especially with rain forecast. But you never know.

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