Monday 10 - Thursday 13 September
Day One Report from Headingley
Lancashire enjoyed an excellent opening day of their Specsavers County Championship relegation battle with Yorkshire at Emerald Headingley.
Led by seam trio Graham Onions, Tom Bailey and debutant Richard Gleeson, the Red Rose survived Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s superb unbeaten 105 - his second century in two matches - to bowl their hosts out for 209 shortly before tea.
Kohler-Cadmore, dropped on 44 by wicketkeeper Dane Vilas in the penultimate over of the morning, was central to Yorkshire’s recovery from early strife at 33 for four.
But this was the Red Rose’s day as they closed on 105 without loss from 35 overs, including Alex Davies’ unbeaten 57.
The two sides started this fixture second and third bottom in Division One, with Lancashire a point ahead.
Onions, who celebrated his 36th birthday the day before this game, was handed his Lancashire cap by cricket director Paul Allott on the outfield before warm-ups.
Bailey was particularly impressive with the new ball, claiming three wickets in his opening nine-over burst under the Headingley floodlights and finishing with three for 18 from 14.
Onions made the initial breakthrough by bowling New Zealand opener Jeet Raval as the score fell to 20 for one in the 10th over following an uncontested toss.
Bailey then had Harry Brook caught behind driving, Adam Lyth the same way pushing forwards and Gary Ballance lbw as he played to leg as the White Rose slipped into trouble in helpful bowling conditions.
Bailey’s first wicket was his 50th in the Championship this season, a career first for the 27-year-old Prestonian.
Onions reached that same milestone in last week’s tie with Somerset at Taunton, though not for the first time.
Onions and Bailey are the division’s leading wicket-takers.
Kohler-Cadmore and Jonny Tattersall helped Yorkshire recover either side of lunch with a 105-run stand for the sixth wicket, with the former the dominant force as he cut well and swept strongly against Keshav Maharaj’s left-arm spin.
Both Kohler-Cadmore and Tattersall are making their first Roses Championship appearances.
Unfortunately for the hosts, they slipped again having done the hard work.
After reaching 138 for four, Yorkshire lost four for 39 - three of them to Onions in 13 balls - to fall to 177 for eight.
He had Tattersall lbw playing to leg and Tim Bresnan and Matthew Waite caught behind, the latter down leg.
Gleeson, on debut having signed from Northants over the weekend, then yorked captain Steve Patterson in the 53rd over.
Kohler-Cadmore, who hit 106 in a draw at Notts last week, reached his latest hundred off 121 balls with 16 fours and a six, by which time Yorkshire were nine wickets down as Gleeson had Jack Brooks caught at deep square-leg hooking (187 for nine).
Kohler-Cadmore’s six was slog swept over deep mid-wicket off South Africa spinner Maharaj.
Gleeson wrapped up the innings by getting Ben Coad caught at backward point.
Davies and opening partner Karl Brown then strengthened Lancashire’s grip.
Davies drove well through the covers and down the ground, although offered a sharp catch to a diving Lyth at second slip off Patterson on 36.
He reached his fifty off 73 balls inside the day’s final 10 overs. Brown will begin day two unbeaten on 43.
Yorkshire and Lancashire are locked in a tense and fascinating Roses relegation battle at Emerald Headingley, with the hosts enjoying much the better of day two.
Lancashire let a position of significant strength slip as they chase a first Roses victory in the Specsavers County Championship since winning here in 2011, the year they won the Division One title.
They started day two, replying to a first-innings 209, on 105 without loss and had advanced to 145 for one during the second half of the morning.
But Yorkshire’s departing seamer Jack Brooks was superb in claiming five for 66 from 17 overs to restrict them to 252, a lead of 43.
Yorkshire then fell to 27 for three in their second innings either side of tea before closing on 127 for three from 44 overs, a lead of 84.
Gary Ballance led the way with 53 not out.
Somerset bound Brooks had Alex Davies lbw for 87 just after lunch on the way to his second five-wicket haul in two home matches since announcing he had accepted a three-year deal to move to Taunton this winter.
Brooks, Steve Patterson, Ben Coad, Tim Bresnan and Matthew Waite all bowled much more probing lines during the first half of the day after allowing Lancashire’s openers Davies and Karl Brown to settle after tea on day one.
Yorkshire were given the perfect start when Coad had Brown caught behind down leg for 43 with the first ball of the day.
Then, Brooks put the brakes on Lancashire’s pursuit of a lead.
He had Steven Croft superbly caught at second slip by Adam Lyth in his first over of the day, the 48th of the innings, before bowling Liam Livingstone four and a half overs later.
And when he trapped Dane Vilas lbw for a duck, Lancashire were 157 for four in the 56th.
Brooks, 34-years-old, then added his fourth and fifth wickets in the opening stages of the afternoon, getting Davies and Josh Bohannon lbw (175 for six in the 66th).
Bresnan had Danny Lamb caught behind, sandwiched in between bustling seamer Waite getting Tom Bailey caught behind and Graham Onions bowled as the score fell to 221 for nine.
But South Africa left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj clubbed three leg-side sixes in 38 as the visitors managed to get a second batting point for passing 250.
Either side of tea, Lancashire enjoyed success with the new ball as Yorkshire slipped to 27 for three inside 12 overs of their second innings, a deficit of 18.
Beforehand, Bailey had New Zealand overseas left-hander Jeet Raval lbw before Onions had Lyth caught behind. Five balls into the evening, Bailey bowled Harry Brook with one that seemed to keep low.
But Ballance and Tom Kohler-Cadmore boosted Yorkshire with an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 100, brought up in the final over of the day.
Ballance reached his 121-ball fifty late in the day, with Kohler-Cadmore finishing on 42.
Ben Coad claimed four wickets to put Lancashire on the ropes as they pursue 230 to beat Yorkshire in their ongoing Specsavers County Championship relegation battle at Headingley.
The Red Rose county, in severe danger of dropping out of Division One, suffered a nightmare final hour of day three as they slipped from 66-2 to 95-7, closing on 109 for seven.
Coad finished with four for 14 from 10 overs.
Yorkshire, trailing by 43 on first innings, resumed their second innings at the start of day three on 127 for three, a lead of 84.
New ball seamer Tom Bailey finished with four wickets to bowl Yorkshire out for 272 to signal an early tea and leave the Red Rose with 38 overs of batting to do.
This clash is crucial in terms of the Division One relegation picture.
Lancashire started the game third from bottom and one point above their arch-rivals, but having played a game more. This is their penultimate fixture.
Gary Ballance and Tom Kohler-Cadmore completed a superb fourth-wicket stand of 148 to drag the White Rose back into the contest from 27 for three on day two.
Ballance top-scored with 85 and Kohler-Cadmore 63.
But they were two of three wickets to fall in the morning session, and from there the hosts were unable to build any sustained momentum against an accurate attack, highlighted by Bailey and South Africa left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.
Bailey finished with four for 69 from 29 overs and Maharaj three for 52 from 32. Graham Onions added two wickets and Richard Gleeson one.
Onions is the division’s leading wicket-taker with 57 and Bailey second with 56.
Ballance and Kohler-Cadmore batted unbroken for just short of an hour at the start of the day before the latter was lbw pushing forwards at Maharaj.
Ballance followed the same way shortly afterwards, but playing to leg, as Yorkshire slipped to 192 for five in the 65th over - a lead of 149.
Just before lunch, Bailey had Jonny Tattersall caught behind for 22 as the score fell to 214 for six in the 72nd.
Yorkshire’s inability to break free was partly down to the pitch slowing up, although just prior to the last wicket falling the hosts took 12 off one Bailey over to boost their total, made up of two sets of four leg byes and an uppish Coad cover drive.
Prior to that, Matthew Waite was lbw to Onions before Steve Patterson lost his off-stump to Bailey.
Tim Bresnan then chipped a return catch to Maharaj for 20 as the score fell to 254 for nine in the 97th over, a lead of 211. Gleeson wrapped up the innings when Brooks edged him to slip, signalling an early tea.
Coad gave Yorkshire an early boost with the wicket of Alex Davies, who was caught behind aiming an uppercut, leaving Lancashire at 11 for one in the fifth over.
And Bresnan removed Karl Brown, lbw playing back to one which kept low - 31 for two in the 12th.
Brooks then struck twice in successive overs in the final hour of the day to give Yorkshire a definite advantage as Lancashire fell to 81 for four after 28 overs.
Steven Croft pulled him to mid-wicket before Liam Livingstone (28) was lost his off stump to one which kept low.
That advantage became a stranglehold with three wickets in eight balls for Coad. He bowled Dane Vilas and Tom Bailey and trapped Danny Lamb lbw, leaving the score at 95 for seven in the 33rd.
Yorkshire completed a 95-run victory over Lancashire at Headingley on Thursday morning to leave Glen Chapple's side in grave danger of relegation.
Lancashire were bowled out for 134 in their chase of 230, within the first 40 minutes of day four.
Ben Coad finished five for 24 from 15.1 overs, while Jack Brooks added four in the innings and nine in the match.
Lancashire will be mightily frustrated at letting a position of strength in this game slip, and they have not won a Roses Championship match since 2011 - a run of eight fixtures, of which Yorkshire have won five.
At the end of day one, Lancashire were 105 without loss replying to Yorkshire’s first-innings 209. From then on, the White Rose dominated the game on the way to a fourth win from 12 in Division One this season.
Having started their chase of 230 immediately after tea on day three, Lancashire had reached 66 for two before slipping to 95/7.
Coad claimed four for 14 from 10 overs, including his second, third and fourth scalps in an eight-ball spell.
That left Josh Bohannon and Keshav Maharaj with an unenviable task at the start of day four.
Maharaj crashed the first ball of the day from Coad for four through the covers, but he fell in the fourth over of the morning when bowled by Brooks for 18, leaving Lancashire at 122 for eight in the 42nd.
Brooks claimed his fourth wicket of the innings when he bowled Graham Onions at the end of the 48th over before Coad wrapped things up by getting Bohannon sharply caught at mid-wicket by Tim Bresnan at the second attempt at the start of the 49th - two wickets in two balls.
Speaking after the game, Lancashire Head Coach Glen Chapple, said: "Going into the last few games of season, we knew we had to win games. We've got ourselves into a position in the table that was precarious through losing close games.
"This one is disappointing because we had such a good first day and played so well. To not hammer that advantage home is frustrating. We didn't make enough runs and force Yorkshire into enough pressure.
"In the conditions they're used to here, they came back well and outplayed us for the last two days.
"If you take last season, whenever we lost early wickets, we had big partnerships to get us up to big scores. We haven't done that this year.
"Generally, as a batting unit, we haven't scored enough runs.
"The work ethic has been there, and we've got good players. But too many have had poor seasons."