Yorkshire fight back on Day One at Headingley
Kyle Jarvis continued his excellent start to the new season as Lancashire enjoyed a healthy day one against Yorkshire at Headingley today.
Jarvis moved to the top of the Specsavers Division One wicket-takers’ list with 4-74 from 20 overs to take his tally to 28 in his sixth match as Yorkshire closed on 301-9 from 95.2 overs.
The reigning county champions had been 74-5 inside 22 overs this morning before half-centuries for Adil Rashid and Tim Bresnan ensured three batting bonus points.
Rashid made 88 and Bresnan 69, with the pair sharing 136 in 47 overs for the sixth wicket from late morning through to early evening.
Steve Patterson and Andrew Hodd also contributed 41 not out and 40 respectively, sharing 75 for the ninth wicket.
After captain Steven Croft opted to bowl first, he contributed himself in unusual fashion as the all-rounder took two catches as wicketkeeper.
Croft has been forced to take the gloves for this match following a knee injury to Alex Davies - suffered in Friday’s T20 - and Jos Buttler’s unavailability due to rest.
Croft has only kept once before in county first-team colours when he took the gloves in a T20 friendly in Dubai in March 2013.
He was in the action early as Adam Lyth edged the fourth ball of the match behind, leaving the score at 4-1.
“It’s something I’ve done before, and I quite enjoy it,” said Croft.
“I started as a keeper, went to off-spin, then to seam and then to off-spin again. Now I’ve got the gloves on again. I don’t think I’ll be going back to seam and doing the full circle.
“When I lived over Sri Lanka, I did it a bit. But then when I went to Blackpool, we didn’t have many bowlers so I tossed the gloves away and bowled a few.
“There was only one bye, so I’m quite pleased with that.
“I’ve done it in the second team, but not in first-class.
“The lads in the second team are a bit inexperienced, so with having an extra batter in Browny, I thought I’d stick them on myself. It was nice to hold onto one early on.
“We could have got exposed with someone who is inexperienced. Even a young lad who is a keeper, it’s tough to find the pace of first-class cricket. Being in the slips, you generally know.”
Jarvis struck three times in his nine overs with the new ball, getting Alex Lees, Gary Ballance and Jack Leaning caught in the slips before New Zealander Neil Wagner trapped Andrew Gale lbw for 36 on the way to a three-wicket haul.
All-round pair Rashid and Bresnan then frustrated Lancashire for the best part of a session and a half.
They rode their luck initially, with Rashid twice inside-edging past him stumps to the fine-leg boundary, but they largely looked at ease in good batting conditions.
Rashid reached 50 off 86 balls - his fifth 50 plus score in 17 Roses innings - and Bresnan followed him off 113 balls.
Their damage was limited after tea as both fell shortly before the second new ball was taken along with Liam Plunkett as the score slipped to 226-8 in the 78th over.
Rashid chipped Simon Kerrigan’s left-arm spin to cover and Plunkett chipped Jarvis to mid-on. Wagner then had Bresnan caught behind off an inside-edge.
Patterson, who hit Kerrigan for six over long-on, and Hodd then took Yorkshire to three batting points, a haul Lancashire’s bowlers matched before close when Wagner had the latter caught at leg slip in the day’s final over.
“I thought we had a good day,” added Croft.
“We didn’t think the pitch was going to do too much, and we thought we exploited everything we could out of it.
“We knew that it was going to flatten out at some point, and the bowlers did a very good job early on. Everything seemed to go to hand.
“They had a really good session in the middle through Rash and Brezzy, but we held them to around three and over, which was a big aim of ours.
“The lads are putting the ball in the right area consistently, which is great to see.”