Lancs endure tough day in Roses match
REPORT: Lancashire CCC v Yorkshire CCC, Day Two
Jack Leaning and Jack Brooks batted Yorkshire in to a strong position with a record-breaking unbeaten partnership on the second day of this Specsavers County Championship match at Emirates Old Trafford.
Leaning struck his fourth career century while Brooks made a career high 94 not out as the pair set a new 8th wicket partnership record in Roses matches of 165 with power to add to that tomorrow morning.
James Anderson was unsurprisingly absent when the players took to the field this morning with news later emerging that the England paceman is due to go for a scan following the groin injury he suffered on Friday.
Yorkshire resumed their first innings on 251-6 but Tom Bailey struck early when Andy Hodd chopped on after making 44 to give the Lancashire paceman his third wicket. Unfortunately play was halted by rain soon afterwards with only six overs bowled.
There followed a lengthy delay before play finally resumed at 4.15pm with 37 overs remaining, but Leaning and Brooks survived some early scares to push the score along steadily, although they just fell short of gaining a third bonus point, reaching the 110 overs cut-off on 293-7.
The pair prospered during the evening sunshine, mixing steady accumulation with some selective hitting, Brooks thumping one straight six and four fours in reaching his half-century from 100 balls.
Leaning went to his century off 260 balls with a cover drive for four that also brought up the hundred partnership and the pair then went on the attack during the final hour of the day, hitting 62 off the final ten overs and racing past the previous eighth wicket partnership record of 137 set by Warren Hegg and Andrew Symonds in 2005.
By the close Leaning was unbeaten on 118, with two sixes and 7 fours, while Brooks is 94 not out having added three more maximums to his tally to end the day with four sixes and 7 fours.
It proved to be a difficult afternoon for Lancashire, handicapped by the loss of their frontline pace bowler, and Yorkshire took full advantage.
It was tough and frustrating session,” admitted Ryan McLaren. “The pitch has slowed up but having taken that wicket this morning, I thought we would have been able to bowl them out pretty quickly.”
“But Brooks and Leaning batted well, Leaning led and anchored the innings and we did create chances against them. It’s just a frustrating day.
McLaren while acknowledging the loss of a key bowler in Anderson added:
“It’s part of the game, it happens. As a team you’ve got to adapt and find a way of taking wickets.
“As an attack we’ve got to step up and do the hard yards. So you accept the responsibility and I thought we stuck at it quite well considering it’s quite a slow wicket. It hasn’t offered as much spin at this stage as we would have hoped for, the rain today didn’t help that, but as the game goes on we hope there’s a bit off turn on offer for the spinners. It might bring them more into the game.
“It hasn’t been easy (today). We’ve got to pitch up tomorrow morning and hopefully knock them over quickly and then try and bat for a long time (ourselves).
“I’m confident and back our batting. We have shown in the previous games that we have been able to absorb pressure and put in the big partnerships in trying conditions.
“It’s about our mind-set. We must be up for it when we get in to bat. Sometimes it’s a challenge to take the intensity from being out in the field for two days and (we need to) make sure that we are not taking any fatigue in to the batting.”
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