Lancashire had to settle for a draw to begin their LV= County Championship Division Two campaign after the slim hope of victory over Worcestershire at Old Trafford was thwarted by fourth-day rain.
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Ex-international duo Ashwell Prince and Simon Katich had helped the Red Rose gain a first-innings lead of 114 by underpinning a score of 448 for seven declared just after lunch with 95 and 84 respectively.
Worcester were then reduced to 17 for one in the ninth over of their second innings. But rain arrived for the third day running with the score at 26 for one in the 12th, meaning Lancashire had to settle for nine points and the visitors six.
Captain Glen Chapple took the only wicket to fall when he had Matt Pardoe caught behind by Gareth Cross, the over after he had offered a tough chance to Wayne White at second slip off Kyle Hogg.
South African Prince and Australian Katich had ensured an entertaining start to day four as the hosts pursued more batting bonus points, eventually sharing 181 runs in 31.3 overs on the way four batting points within the 110-over cut off.
The left-handers had shared 71 unbroken for the fourth wicket during the latter stages of day three to bring up 250 and a second batting bonus point - and they were quickly into their stride at the start of play.
Having been dropped on 30 at mid-off by substitute Shaaiq Choudhry off Alan Richardson, Katich eased Chris Russell over long-on for six on the way to a 70-ball half-century.
Prince, also dropped on 87 by Moeen Ali at deep square-leg off Richardson, had already brought up his fifty off 80 balls beforehand having pulled Russell and Richardson for sixes.
But he fell trying to reach his hundred with a third, skying to Daryl Mitchell running around from mid-on to allow Richardson a bit of revenge and leave the score at 360 for four in the 109th over.
Katich also fell within sight of three figures when he feathered an attempted cut off Ali's off-spin behind to Michael Johnson in the 114th before Gareth Cross was run out going for a fourth and Steven Croft caught at first slip by Mitchell off David Lucas's bowling prior to lunch.
Chapple and Wayne White returned after the break to add another 32 runs in four overs before declaring to allow their bowlers a minimum of 62 overs with the ball - in theory.
Forty eight overs and five balls were lost, meaning a total of 110.5 in the match.