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REACTION: Day One, Yorkshire v Lancashire

REACTION: Day One, Yorkshire v Lancashire

REACTION: Day One, Yorkshire v Lancashire

Check out the reaction from Lancashire captain Steven Croft and Yorkshire bowler Ben Coad following a difficult day for the Red Rose who were bowled out for 123.

Yorkshire bowler Ben Coad, spoke about Yorkshire’s fast start in the game

“It was a bit of a surprise this morning when they chose to have a bat. It was very helpful for the seamers, swinging and seaming.

“It’s just been a good day. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. We got the wickets we needed and have started really well with the bat.

“That’s my best bowling performance so far. The pitch benefited me massively and the overcast conditions helped. I hit the areas I was hoping to hit, and I’m very happy."

Lancashire County Cricket Club captain, Steven Croft

Captain Steven Croft gave his verdict on the difficult opening day against Yorkshire at Headingley.

"It's a bit easier now to say (toss). But as a unit, we didn't think the pitch would get better. Historically, it is tough to bat later in the game here. It's easier to say after we've batted poorly. We have to front up in the morning and show what we've got.

"It looked quite a good pitch, but it didn't play as well as it looked for us.

"It's by no means a minefield. We didn't bat well as a unit and didn't get any partnerships.

"We have to keep in mind the Somerset game when we were massively behind in that game and won. There's still a lot in that pitch. It was doing a bit when we got the ball in the right areas, and we have to keep that in mind.

"We'll have to try and keep the runs down and take wickets through pressure. There's enough in the pitch to get those wickets.

"Coad challenged us ball after ball. He didn't waste too many balls and was ideal on that surface.

"It's a lesson for us in hitting those areas consistently. I thought we bowled alright in patches, but not with that consistency that their attack had."

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