Woods wades in to save Lancashire

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Nathan Wood rescued Lancashire against Warwickshire at Blackpool yesterday. Needing 88 to wrap up their fourth championship win in five games, Lancashire hit trouble at 45 for 6 from 24 overs, after Warwickshire's Graeme Welch had accounted for five of their batsmen.

But Wood, the 22-year-old son of former Lancashire and England opener Barry, held Lancashire together before Warren Hegg and Gary Yates saw them through to a three-wicket win.

Wood's painstaking innings lasted two-and-three-quarter hours and he faced 112 balls for his 26 runs to shore up one end. He was dismissed by Dougie Brown with the score on 67, but Hegg and Yates made sure there would be no more mistakes.

Hegg scored 16 from 52 balls and Yates 14 from seven balls, and his third four took Lancashire past the target. Then win took them into joint fifth place in the table, level with Warwickshire and Yorkshire.