Sunday 22 - Wednesday 25 July 2018
Jordan Clark created a piece of Roses history with a sensational hat-trick and went on to take his first five-wicket haul as Yorkshire were shot out for 192 after winning the toss in this Specsavers County Championship match.
But Lancashire then had troubles of their own when it was their turn to bat, bowled out for only 109 to trail by 83 runs going into the second day on a wicket that kept the bowlers interested throughout.
It was a day of mixed feelings for Jordan Clark at the close.
“I was happy to get my first wicket, so to get three in a row, I was over the moon,” he said.
“This afternoon took the sting of it a little bit after they way we’ve gone with the bat. But we’ve got a big opportunity tomorrow to turn it around.
Clark was very modest when it was suggested it might be one of the best hat-tricks taken.
“I’ve no idea (if it is),” he said. “It’s obviously up there because they are all top international players. Any hat-trick is great to get but getting those three makes it very special. It will live long in my memory.
And Clark revealed he had no thoughts of trying to do anything different prior to bowling the hat-trick ball to Jonny Bairstow.
“I was basically just trying to bowl my best ball,” he said. “Just try and repeat what I had done for the previous two balls. I wasn’t trying to over-complicate it.”
Bowling his second over of the day from the Statham End, Clark trapped Joe Root and Kane Williamson lbw before Bairstow edged to Jos Buttler at third slip to spark great celebrations on and off the pitch.
It was only the second hat-trick by a Lancashire bowler in Roses matches since Ken Higgs achieved the feat at Headingley in 1968, and the fourth overall in matches between the two counties.
Clark’s three victims formed an impressive trio; the current England and New Zealand captains and England’s current wicketkeeper with a total of 30,372 first-class runs between them!
The hat-trick occurred just before lunch to transform a morning that had seen Yorkshire make slow but steady progress with Adam Lyth and Harry Brook surviving the first hour with 24 runs on the board.
But the introduction of Graham Onions into attack in the 13th over brought an immediate result with a wicket from his second delivery, Brook hesitant over whether to play the ball and inside edging onto his stumps for 6.
Root was quickly into his stride with five boundaries from his first 18 deliveries and the England captain looked to be in good touch, hitting Clark for consecutive boundaries before becoming the first of the hat-trick victims from the next ball, trapped lbw for 22.
With Williamson and Bairstow departing from the next two deliveries, a shaken Yorkshire were 61-4 at lunch and the visitors suffered further trouble early in the afternoon when Gary Ballance was bowled by Onions for 9 offering no shot.
And it seemed that Clark could do little wrong when the all-rounder deflected Lyth’s straight drive off his own bowling back onto the stumps at the bowler’s end to run out Tim Bresnan for 0 to leave Yorkshire reeling on 86-6.
Lancashire received a big blow when captain Liam Livingstone had to helped from the field holding his left hand following his attempt to take a diving catch at slip during the afternoon. It was later revealed the Red Rose captain had fractured his left thumb and faces a spell on the side-lines.
Lyth and Yorkshire captain Steve Patterson rallied to the White Rose cause with a partnership of 45 runs for the seventh wicket before both were out with the score on 131. Patterson edged Bailey to Keaton Jennings at first slip for 22 and Lyth, who has such a good record at Emirates Old Trafford averaging 68 in first-class cricket alone, followed in similar fashion after looking to turn Anderson to leg but edging to Jennings at slip, thus ending his fine innings on 70.
Clark capped a memorable day with his first five-wicket haul and figures of 5-58 by getting Jack Brooks to chip to Haseeb Hameed at extra cover for 14 and bowling Ben Coad for 15. On loan debutant Josh Poysden was 20 not out as Yorkshire were bowled out for 192.
That left Lancashire with 32 overs to bat, and opening pair Jennings and Alex Davies were typically positive in their approach with Jennings taking three fours from one Bresnan over.
It took a stunning one-handed catch to his left by Root to halt Jennings’ progress when the left-hander pulled Bresnan fiercely to mid-wicket after making 22 of an opening partnership of 46.
And Yorkshire made the most of that breakthrough by taking two wickets in one over to leave Lancashire, without the injured Livingstone, in early trouble on 55-3.
It was Patterson who did the damage bowling Haseeb Hameed, offering no shot, for 1 and two balls later trapping Dane Vilas lbw.
Jos Buttler fell to a leg side ‘strangle’ for 3, edging Bresnan to wicketkeeper Bairstow and the only bright spot of the innings was a good half-century from opener Davies from 72 balls with 10 fours.
But the Red Rose innings collapsed once Davies was out after gloving a catch to Bairstow off Coad for 51. That wicket was the first of three to fall in the same over as Coad (3-38) bowled both Bailey and Onions for second ball-ducks.
When Clark perished for 15, hitting out but finding Bresnan at deep backward square off Brooks, four wickets had fallen with the total on 92.
And Lancashire were all out for 109 just before the close when Anderson was trapped lbw for 8 by Brooks to trail by 83 having lost nine wickets for 63 runs in the final session.
“I think it’s a really good cricket wicket. We got a few good balls and that was mixed in with some bad decision making,” said Clark.
“No-one wants to fall in one session,” he continued. “It was tough losing Livvy. But there’s no excuses, we were way under par.
“We talk about trying not to lose wickets in clumps. But we didn’t do that today. It puts pressure on the next man in. At the same time you have to play the way you want to play, and have your game plan.
“There wasn’t many partnerships after we had got off to a good start with Keats and Alex. It was a really good catch by Joe (Root) to break that partnership. So we need to look at what we’ve done and try and build partnerships.
And Clark is positive about the approach required on day two.
“We need to put in a good performance with the ball again tomorrow,” he said. “And then try and put the things we did wrong in the first innings right when it’s our turn to bat.
“I think we’ve got the bowlers to do it. The effort is always there and we’ve got to try and come out on top tomorrow.”
After what transpired today it could be a fascinating and eventful day at Emirates Old Trafford tomorrow.
Another dramatic day of fluctuating fortunes in this Roses Match ended with Lancashire on 194-6 in their second innings still, still 129 runs away from victory.
Red Rose hopes looked to be fading at 110-5 before an 80-run partnership between Jos Buttler and Tom Bailey brought Lancashire back into contention only for Joe Root to take the big wicket of Buttler in the penultimate over of the day.
Despite the visitors now being strong favourites to wrap up victory tomorrow morning, Bailey-who is 38 not out- isn’t about to concede this game is done from a Lancashire point of view.
“It’s a bit disappointing where we are (after two days).” he said.
“It’s a decent wicket so we are going to have to dig in tomorrow and see what we can come up with.
“Losing Jos right at the end really dampened the mood in the dressing room.
“But I think me and the boys coming in will put up a big fight tomorrow.”
A fine innings of 82 by Jonny Bairstow in a 133-run partnership with Harry Brook laid the foundations in the visitors’ second innings total of 239 to set Lancashire a target of 323 runs to win with over two days still to play.
After 19 wickets had fallen on day one, the second morning of the Roses Match got off to an explosive start as Yorkshire lost three early wickets inside the first six overs.
All three batsmen departed from edges to wicketkeeper Dane Vilas with Graham Onions bagging Adam Lyth for 4 and Kane Williamson for 1, the latter leaving it too late to pull out of an attempted shot.
In-between James Anderson produced an excellent delivery that forced Joe Root to play forward, the England captain edging to Vilas for 3.
Bairstow, in partnership with Brook, went on the attack and from a position of 21-3, with the cushion of an 83-run first innings lead, the Yorkshire pair rattled up their 50 stand from only 33 balls although Lancashire missed a great chance when Bairstow was dropped at mid-on off Onions when on 22. It was to prove a costly spill.
Undeterred Bairstow continued to cut and drive with aplomb, reaching his half century from just 38 balls while Brook went to his fifty from 60 balls as the visitors continued to build a big lead.
The 100 partnership arrived from 86 balls as stand-in skipper Vilas rotated the attack in search of a breakthrough. That arrived in the last over before lunch when Brook edged down the leg side to be caught behind off Bailey for 55 with Yorkshire 154-4 but well in command with a lead of 237 runs.
And Bairstow, who at times looked like he was playing a different game, continued to prosper but his attacking intent also provided his downfall when his front foot drive off Graham Onions (3-44) flew to Buttler at point to end his stay at the crease after hitting 82 from 67 balls and leave Yorkshire very strongly positioned at 160-5.
That they added a further 79 valuable runs while losing their last five wickets was due largely to captain Steve Patterson who hit six boundaries in making an unbeaten 45 while batsmen departed with regularity at the other end.
Gary Ballance made 9 before his attempted pull off Bailey was well caught by the Vilas tumbling to his right while Jordan Clark and Matt Parkinson each took a brace in bowling Yorkshire all out for 239 at tea leaving Lancashire a victory target of 323.
Faced with a final session of 48 overs, opening pair Keaton Jennings and Alex Davies made a good start scoring 54 runs from the first 14 overs. Davies had struck six boundaries, including two from the same Bresnan over before being trapped lbw for 22.
Jennings and Haseeb Hameed then added 32 runs to the total before Lancashire were rocked back by the loss of four wickets for 24 runs.
Jennings had made a determined 30 from 76 balls but fell lbw to Coad and Poysden skidded one delivery on to trap Vilas lbw for 1.
Hameed, off the mark with a cover drive for four, played nicely in making 31 including the first six of the match off Poysden. But he could do little from a lifting delivery from Patterson that caught the glove on its way through to wicketkeeper Bairstow.
Patterson then struck three balls later when Clark edged to Bairstow to leave Lancashire on 110-5.
But this topsy-turvey game took yet another twist as Buttler and Bailey produced a resolute partnership of 80 in 15 overs with Bailey providing great support in making an unbeaten 38 off 45 balls.
Buttler hit a six to move to his half-century and his anguish was plain to see when he fell to a catch at leg slip for 59 off Root in the penultimate over of the day.
That was a huge blow to Red Rose hopes tomorrow with Lancashire, 194-6, still needing another 129 runs for victory.
Bailey added: “It’s been a bit of a mixed bag (for us) really.
“If you look at their batting line-up we would have been happy to bowl them for those totals. We’re just not happy with 109 all out in our first innings and 194-6 in this innings.
“I didn’t think we’d be here after day two talking like this (with the fourth innings in progress).
“Especially with what we thought the wicket would be like. It’s a bit of an odd situation because it still feels like a decent wicket. But it’s just done enough."
Yorkshire possibly need four wickets for victory, with Liam Livingstone suffering a broken thumb on the first day not batting in the first innings and yet to appear in the second.
Asked whether he thought the Red Rose skipper would come out to bat if the situation warranted it, Bailey said: “Potentially (he will). Livvy’s the type of guy who would do that.
“So if we can get close, I’m sure we’ll see him sticking his pads on and coming out at number eleven.”
It took Yorkshire 40 minutes to wrap up a 118-run victory on the third morning of the Roses Match at Emirates Old Trafford with Joe Root taking a career-best 4-5.
Lancashire, 194-6 overnight, could only add 10 runs to their total and had no answer to Root bowling from the Pavilion End.
Graham Onions edged the first ball of the day from Root to Jonny Bairstow, Matt Parkinson edged Root to Lyth at first slip for 2 and Tom Bailey was lbw to Steve Patterson for 45.
Liam Livingstone came out to bat at number 11 but the injured Lancashire captain did not face a ball as Root wrapped things up by bowling James Anderson for 0.
And to add to Red Rose woes, Lancashire were subsequently deducted one point for a slow over rate at the close and take 2 points from the game, with Yorkshire receiving 19.
The result leaves Lancashire in seventh place in the Specsavers County Championship table just one point ahead of Hampshire, who have played one game less.
“It’s been a strange game,” said Head Coach Glen Chapple.
“Both teams were in similar positions in their first innings, but I think Yorkshire ended up getting too many from our perspective. Their tail put on 70-odd which was a good effort and we weren’t able to do that. So we conceded a big first innings lead.
“But from there I felt we fought really hard. We were playing well in our second innings and given a reasonable amount of luck we would have done better.
“I think we’ve been unlucky. We’ve had three fairly poor umpiring decisions that affected us badly in this second innings.
“The pitch was playing well yesterday, and the boys had applied themselves well. We had a good opening partnership but unfortunately we lost Alex (Davies). Too many decisions went against us to be able to chase those (runs) down.”
And Chapple appreciates that Lancashire face a relegation battle with five Championship games remaining.
“Of course (we are), he said. “It would be crazy not to understand that. We knew from the start of the season that division one has got strong teams throughout.
“Results haven’t gone our way. We can identify areas where we’ve played well and where we’ve played poorly. The challenge is to win games to get us to a place of safety and see how far we can climb up the table.
“We’re not scoring runs consistently. That’s our challenge moving forward.
“We’ve had a good couple of weeks in T20, and the lads are in good spirits. We’ve got players with good first-class records so it’s a question of getting as many players in good form as we can.
“We have to retain belief that we are playing strong enough cricket to bowl most teams out. We need to be able to build partnerships together and put the scores together.
“We have had two collapses that are difficult to explain. When you talk about overall runs we are not far off other teams but particular sessions have cost us badly.
And Chapple was rueful about losing Liam Livingstone at such a vital stage of the season.
“We played two innings in this game without one of your very best players," he said. "That’s another huge weakness to the team in terms of trying to win this game.
“Unfortunately for us and Liam it’s a bad injury to his thumb and he’s going to be out for some time, possibly six weeks or more.
But Chapple doubts that any signing will be made for the second half of the T20 campaign.
“I don’t think there will be anyone out there at this stage who is better than the resources we have within the squad,” he said.
“Shiv Chanderpaul is back and he’s going to be a vital part for us. Depending on Test selection and the fact we’ve lost Liam we’ve got spaces to fill. So having Shiv back in form will be a huge positive for us.
And Chapple is hopeful Australian overseas player Joe Mennie will return soon.
“Joe is still struggling with his neck,” he said. “He’s been bowling but his overs bowled are low so that was the reason he couldn’t take part in this game, which was a loss.
“We’ll just see how his recovery goes.”