Lancashire suffer defeat to Yorkshire on final day
Lancashire suffered their second four-day defeat of the season today as Yorkshire prevented them from chasing 349 on day four at Headingley to win by 175 runs.
The Red Rose county lost a Roses Championship away fixture for only the second time in the last 25 seasons after being bowled out for 173 just before tea.
Karl Brown top-scored with an excellent 51 following his return to the side at number six in the batting order, but Adil Rashid and Tim Bresnan took four wickets apiece for the hosts.
Brown shared 63 for the sixth wicket with Liam Livingstone (24) either side of lunch to give Lancashire a glimmer of hope after slipping to 98-5, but it wasn’t enough as their last five wickets fell for 12 runs in ten overs.
Despite the reverse, the visitors have maintained their position as league leaders in the Specsavers Division One.
Both Lancashire, who started the day at 41-1 and needing 308 more runs to win, and Yorkshire now sit on 88 points, although Steven Croft’s side have won three matches to the hosts’ two.
"We were confident and talked about remaining positive,” said Ashley Giles, Lancashire’s cricket director and head coach.
“Conditions waking up this morning didn't help, though.
"We knew it would be tough, but once we'd lost those five wickets the first aim was just to bat for a while, and I thought Brown and Livingstone did that extremely well.
“In the end it wasn't enough, but we have to hold our hands up because Yorkshire played better cricket than us.
"We knew coming here would be our biggest challenge so far this season. They are a very good side and particularly experienced.
“We opened the door on that first morning (Yorkshire were 29-4) but couldn't quite get through it in that second session.
"Bresnan and Rashid both played extremely well, and in both innings their tail really wagged and got them in a strong position.
“Credit to them. We can learn a lot from it because if we want to be champions one day, then we're going to have beat sides like this on their own turf.
"We're still in a good position, but we need to play more consistent, more disciplined cricket. Or more cricket like we have at home.
“We have now lost two games away from home. If we can replicate our home form when we leave Old Trafford, we'll be fine.”
Lancashire’s hopes of victory were severely dented by losing four wickets before lunch as they fell to 98-5.
Bresnan impressed with two wickets in overcast conditions, while spinners Rashid and Adam Lyth struck once apiece.
Rashid and Lyth actually sparked Yorkshire’s final day victory push following an order from the umpires to Andrew Gale to bowl spin in fading light.
They struck in the space of four balls in the 31st and 32nd overs as the score slipped to 55-3.
Rashid had Haseeb Hameed caught behind cutting before Lyth had Luke Procter caught at slip.
Bresnan then bowled captain Croft off the inside edge as he attempted to shoulder arms in the 38th over before trapping Alviro Petersen lbw in the 46th.
Sixth-wicket pair Brown and Liam Livingstone took the score from 98 to 121-5 at lunch and later 161-5 with their 63-run stand inside 32 overs.
They batted well before Livingstone was the first of two batsmen to fall to Rashid short balls as Lancashire lost their last five wickets quickly.
Livingstone pulled a short ball straight to deep square-leg in the 77th over before Tom Bailey, batting with an injured side that will keep him out for up to eight weeks, top-edged a pull at the same bowler behind in the 79th.
And when Bresnan, now bowling with the new ball, had Neil Wagner caught behind down the leg-side at the start of the 82nd, Lancashire were 172-8.
Bresnan had Brown caught at cover in the 86th and Rashid wrapped up the win in the 87th, trapping Kyle Jarvis lbw to leave Lancashire with a haul of three points.
Meanwhile, Alex Davies is set to be out for at least the next two weeks with his knee injury.