New England coach Peter Moores signed off his final game in charge of Lancashire with a draw in contentious circumstances at home to Warwickshire in the LV= County Championship.
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Moores, who in five years at Old Trafford guided the club to their first outright title in 77 years in 2011 and won promotion back to the top flight after relegation the following year, is heading back to a post he held between 2007 and 2009 before a very public fall-out with the now-banished Kevin Pietersen cost him his job.
Unfortunately his side could not send him on his way in style with a first Division One victory of the season - but it could also have been worse as Warwickshire came out after tea requiring 120 off 32 overs having bowled out their hosts for 196 on the final day under the floodlights in Manchester.
It was a factor which eventually saved Lancashire as bad light forced their opponents off with just 10 scored - resulting in a loss of three overs - and again with only 25 required off 27 balls.
The match ended with the fielding side already in the dressing room and batsmen Varun Chopra (50 not out) and Ateeq Javid (15no) reluctantly trudging back to the pavilion after the umpires out on the square with them ruled the light had not improved enough to play the remaining overs in time.
That spared Moores a second consecutive defeat as he prepared to leave Old Trafford for Lord's.
"If ever I was going to get misty-eyed it would be today. There is that feeling in your stomach when you know this is your last day with Lancs and it is a sad day," Moores told Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.
"We have managed to win a couple of trophies and it has been a period of change and moving the club forward.
"I hope I will be looked back on as one of the people who helped gain a way of playing that fits Lancashire and in a way that develops our own. We certainly have had a lot of fun over the years.
"It was tough at times but if people embrace the challenge it is fine. We have a lot of players who have come through and we are still emerging as a team."
On the challenge which awaits him with England, who had a disastrous winter in Australia, Moores added: "I love cricket and I love working with people and I generally look forward and not back.
"I will go to the England job and Alastair (Cook, the Test captain) will have some views on what he thinks and I'll have some but at the end of the day we keep it simple and play the game for what it is.
"You look for opportunities to take the game forward - you can't always be in an attacking mode because the game doesn't allow you.
"I've allowed things to happen in a natural way and everyone gets their chance. If you are not up for the challenges and willing to have a go you will not get very far."
Lancashire resumed the day on 46 without loss in their second innings - a deficit of 21 - and although they slipped to 85 for four a stand of 72 between opener Paul Horton (84) and England's Jos Buttler (42) appeared to have staved off the threat of defeat.
However, Lancashire lost their last six wickets for 39 and it was fitting New Zealand off spinner Jeetan Patel (four for 44) wrapped up the innings by trapping captain Glen Chapple leg before wicket.
Having been forced off early in their run chase openers Chopra and William Porterfield found themselves still needing 102 off 26 overs.
The quality of the light and four wickets for Simon Kerrigan significantly interfered with Warwickshire's progress but, just when victory seemed to be in their grasp at 95 for five, the elements intervened again.