Yorkshire dominate Day Two in Leeds
Lancashire slumped from 46-0 to 196 all out either side of lunch on day two to seriously undermine their chances of pushing for victory against Yorkshire at Headingley.
Having bowled the reigning county champions out for 308 this morning, the current Division One leaders were in an extremely healthy state as they go in search of their fourth win from six matches.
But they were undone by a sizeable collapse, which saw them slip to 92-7 after lunch.
Their last three wickets managed to put on 104 as Liam Livingstone led the way with an unbeaten 60.
He shared 48 in 6.4 overs for the ninth wicket with Kyle Jarvis, whose 33 also ensured the Red Rose avoided the follow-on by passing 159.
Lancashire, however, still conceded a first-innings lead of 112 at tea on day two, with Adil Rashid taking three wickets.
Yorkshire built on that lead by reaching 77-3 from 31 overs at close against a Lancashire attack minus Tom Bailey due to a leg injury, and they will begin tomorrow on 189 runs in front with Adam Lyth on 44.
“It was a difficult day for us, but we finished it off quite well with the way we bowled,” said Livingstone, who saw Neil Wagner, in particular, impress with the ball after tea to ensure Yorkshire were made to work hard for their runs.
“Obviously we didn’t get as many runs as we’d have liked, but we are still in the game and ready to fight on for the next two days.
“If we can have a good morning and try and bowl them out for less than 200, we can then chase on the last day.
“We want to play a positive brand of cricket, and we’re not scared of chasing totals on the last day. We’re here to win the game, we’re not here to draw. If there’s a chaseable total, we’ll definitely have a go at it.
“I’m happy to carry on my form, but it wasn’t a great day for us. Luckily we pegged it back with the ball at the end.
“We needed a partnership, and Jarv stuck around with me at the end. It was quite an important innings.
“The pitch is alright, although there is a ball in there. I thought they bowled pretty well and we didn’t play as well as we’d like.
“We always say that we play our best cricket when we’re up against it, and we just need to get in the fight and work as hard as we can in the morning with the ball. When it comes to batting, we just need to stick in.”
Tom Smith was the first Lancashire batsman to depart when he drove Steve Patterson to point for 26 in the 15th over before Haseeb Hameed was caught at second slip off Tim Bresnan in the 18th.
The third Lancashire wicket to fall was that of Luke Procter, trapped lbw by Jack Brooks as the score fell to 59-3 shortly before lunch.
The same bowler then struck again in the first over of the afternoon when he trapped Alviro Petersen lbw.
And when Patterson had Karl Brown caught behind as he attempted to leave alone, Lancashire were five down and still 90 away from avoiding the follow-on.
The wickets continued to tumble.
Bresnan had Steven Croft caught at third slip as the score fell to 91-6 in the 40th before Liam Plunkett forced Bailey to glove a bouncer behind in the next over - 92-7.
Then came the recovery from Livingstone, Wagner and Jarvis.
Livingstone, who hit a six over mid-wicket off Rashid on the way to 50 off 73 balls, put on 34 with Wagner - trapped lbw for 12 trying to pull Rashid’s first ball as the score slipped to 126-8 in the 51st.
Jarvis then hit seven fours in his 28-ball knock as he and Livingstone put on 48 inside seven overs before the former was stumped off Rashid’s leg-spinners.
The same bowler wrapped up the innings when he had Simon Kerrigan lbw just before tea.
Earlier, Yorkshire had advanced from 301-9 overnight to 308 all out, with Wagner getting Patterson caught in the gully for 45.
Yorkshire’s second innings started immediately after tea.
Although Smith picked up his first wicket since returning from injury when he had Alex Lees caught behind, Yorkshire had already had 41 on the board amidst a confident start.
But Wagner removed Jack Leaning, caught at second slip by Smith before getting Gary Ballance caught behind with a snorter, leaving the score at 70-3 just before close.
Livingstone added: “Waggy will run through a brick wall for you. He’s a great man to have around, and he never shies away from a challenge. He is one of those blokes who you can always call upon when things get difficult, and he bowled really well.”