MATCH PREVIEW: Yorkshire v Lancashire
PREVIEW: Yorkshire CCC v Lancashire CCC, Specsavers County Championship
After a 10-day break, Lancashire are back in Specsavers County Championship action tomorrow when they cross the Pennines to tackle Yorkshire at Headingley.
The two sides played out a draw at Emirates Old Trafford a couple of weekends ago, with the Red Rose edging the points haul 10 to nine.
A second win of the season for Lancashire would be their first in Roses four-day cricket since 2011.
It could also see Steven Croft’s side move to the top of the Division One table after five matches.
They are currently fourth in the table and 17 points behind early pacesetters Essex, who have already played five and don’t play this weekend.
Lancashire are relying on relegation-threatened Warwickshire doing them a favour against third-placed Hampshire to enable them to leapfrog Hampshire, Surrey and Essex.
Yorkshire have won one, lost one and drawn two of their four matches, and they are fifth in the table six points further back.
Yorkshire CCC v Lancashire CCC
Friday 2 – Monday 12 June
Lancashire will be without injured seamers Jimmy Anderson and Kyle Jarvis as well as batsman Liam Livingstone, who is on England Lions duty.
But all-rounder Jordan Clark has recovered from his back injury to take his place in the squad after missing the most recent clash.
Yorkshire, champions in two of the last three seasons, have endured a mixed start to the latest four-day campaign, and they are keen to get another win on the board quickly to stay in touch with the leading pack.
Captain and key batsman Gary Ballance and young seamer Ben Coad have been their standout players with 582 runs and 23 wickets respectively.
The pitch at Headingley is expected to be more likely to produce a result than the recent one at Old Trafford.
They are unbeaten in Roses cricket since the Headingley clash between these two sides since 2011, a run of five matches, including two wins.
LAST TIME OUT
Lancashire and Yorkshire played out a high-scoring draw at Emirates Old Trafford the weekend before last, with rain also playing its part on day two.
Despite reducing the visitors to 9-2, the Red Rose suffered the early blow of losing Jimmy Anderson to a groin injury after only 5.3 overs, meaning he could not bowl again in the fixture.
Jack Leaning and Jack Brooks scored centuries and shared a Roses record ninth-wicket partnership of 167 to underpin a recovery to 448-8 declared.
Lancashire then slipped to 68-4 in reply before Shiv Chanderpaul’s 75th first-class hundred, added to Ryan McLaren’s 84 and Simon Kerrigan’s 59, ensured a score of 432 all out.
Yorkshire ended the match on 177-1 in their second innings, including Peter Handscomb’s 77-ball 101 not out.
A match for the batsmen? Yes. But that made McLaren’s first-innings 2-60 from 30.3 overs particularly impressive.
WHAT THEY SAID
Steven Croft admits to being satisfied with Lancashire’s start to the Championship season, but insists there is room for improvement.
And he says there is no better place for that to start than at Headingley.
“There’s been some positives,” said the captain. “The first two games we drew, but for a lot of those games we were on top, which is a real plus.
“The Somerset game was good for us.
“Against Yorkshire, there were areas in which we played really well. And there were a couple of areas where we switched off slightly.
“All in all, we’ve done well so far. We’ve fought back well from some really tricky situations.
“Hopefully at Headingley, we can start from ball one, session one, and take it all the way through and try and have that perfect game of winning every session.
“We’ve gone blow for blow with some teams session by session, so it would be nice if it was a good 12 session win.”
On the loss of Livingstone to Lions duty, Croft added: “We’re disappointed to lose him, but it is to England, so you can’t be too down.
“It’s what you want from a club, to promote youngsters through the Academy, the first team and onto England honours.”
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