Roses clash ends in a draw
Day Four Report
Lancashire completed their fight back on the final day to comfortably clinch a draw in the Roses match at Emirates Old Trafford by scoring 432 in reply to Yorkshire’s 448-8 declared.
Yorkshire had reached 177-1 declared in their second innings when the players shook hands at 4.50pm.
Lancashire take 10 points from the game to remain in third place in the Specsavers County Championship table after four games with 51 points, 6 points behind leaders Essex.
The main interest at the start of the fourth day was whether Lancashire could avoid the follow-on, resuming on 264-6 and needing 35 runs to snuff out any White Rose hopes of forcing a result.
Stephen Parry and Ryan McLaren struck 17 runs from the first two overs to put Lancashire onto a positive footing from the start, and the pair continued in that vein in extending their partnership to 70 runs during the morning.
Four leg byes after Ryan Sidebottom strayed down the leg side to Parry brought up the fifty stand from 78 balls, took Lancashire to 300-6 to clinch a third batting point, and also meant the follow-on had been avoided.
In fact Red Rose hopes of a fourth batting point flickered briefly after Parry drove and swept Azeem Rafiq for consecutive boundaries, but the bowler extracted revenge from the following delivery when Parry was caught at short leg by Jack Leaning for 39 with the score 317-7 after 106 overs.
Tom Bailey struck 21 of the next 27 runs, with Lancashire reaching the 110-over mark on 328-7, before the next wicket fell when McLaren edged a reverse sweep off Rafiq to wicketkeeper Hodd after making his highest first-class score for the Red Rose of 84.
Bailey and Simon Kerrigan played some accomplished shots to reach lunch on 395-8 with Bailey making a splendid 40 before being lbw to Tim Bresnan early in the afternoon.
James Anderson came in to bat with a runner and immediately drove Bresnan for four, but it was Kerrigan who did the bulk of the scoring with a flurry of boundaries, reaching his second first-class half-century in fine style from 57 balls when driving Rafiq to mid-wicket.
It was an entertaining cameo that added 31 runs in a little more than 4 overs and ended when Bresnan bowled Kerrigan for 59 with Lancashire 432 all out, just 16 runs behind.
It was Kerrigan who caused Yorkshire problems when they batted, turning a beautiful delivery that pitched outside off stump and hit Adam Lyth’s leg stump after the batsman had made 9 of the first 24 runs.
Alex Lees made 62 not out and Peter Handscomb 101 not out as the pair batted out the afternoon with few alarms as the game meandered towards an inevitable draw.
Lancashire Captain Steven Croft confessed to being, “a little disappointed,” to have only come out of this game with a draw.
“We got ourselves in a really good position (on day one), there was a bit in it in the first two sessions but we just couldn’t capitalise on it really. It didn’t help Jimmy going down injured which left us with two seamers and two spinners,” he explained.
“We thought it might spin a little bit more, and we lost around 50 overs to rain which meant it would be tough to get a result on that wicket (after that).
“The lads stuck at it well, and in patches of the game we played really well.
“Shiv Chanderpaul had a brilliant innings, and Ryan McLaren contributed down the order.
“I thought we were a little bit on and off during the game, we played some really good cricket and there were some spells where we could have been a lot better.
“It was nice to come out on top, points wise. It was a good game played by two good sides.”
Lancashire now have a blank week ahead of the return Roses fixture at Headingley on June 2-5 and our next home match in the Specsavers County Championship is against Middlesex at Southport on June 9-12.
Photo: Simon Pendrigh