First Team Coach Mark Robinson admits his side pre-emptied the bad weather that concluded Warwickshire's LV= Insurance County Championship fixture against Lancashire.

With forecasts predicting the worst, it was therefore no surprise come Saturday that the heavens opened to force an early handshake after lunch.

The Bears, vying to close on leaders Surrey and knowing that Saturday could be a washout, opted to bowl first to give themselves the best chance to force a win.