Yorkshire battle back on second day at Headingley
Day Two Report from Headingley
Yorkshire and Lancashire are locked in a tense and fascinating Roses relegation battle at Emerald Headingley, with the hosts enjoying much the better of day two.
Lancashire let a position of significant strength slip as they chase a first Roses victory in the Specsavers County Championship since winning here in 2011, the year they won the Division One title.
They started day two, replying to a first-innings 209, on 105 without loss and had advanced to 145 for one during the second half of the morning.
But Yorkshire’s departing seamer Jack Brooks was superb in claiming five for 66 from 17 overs to restrict them to 252, a lead of 43.
Yorkshire then fell to 27 for three in their second innings either side of tea before closing on 127 for three from 44 overs, a lead of 84.
Gary Ballance led the way with 53 not out.
Somerset bound Brooks had Alex Davies lbw for 87 just after lunch on the way to his second five-wicket haul in two home matches since announcing he had accepted a three-year deal to move to Taunton this winter.
Brooks, Steve Patterson, Ben Coad, Tim Bresnan and Matthew Waite all bowled much more probing lines during the first half of the day after allowing Lancashire’s openers Davies and Karl Brown to settle after tea on day one.
Yorkshire were given the perfect start when Coad had Brown caught behind down leg for 43 with the first ball of the day.
Then, Brooks put the brakes on Lancashire’s pursuit of a lead.
He had Steven Croft superbly caught at second slip by Adam Lyth in his first over of the day, the 48th of the innings, before bowling Liam Livingstone four and a half overs later.
And when he trapped Dane Vilas lbw for a duck, Lancashire were 157 for four in the 56th.
Brooks, 34-years-old, then added his fourth and fifth wickets in the opening stages of the afternoon, getting Davies and Josh Bohannon lbw (175 for six in the 66th).
Bresnan had Danny Lamb caught behind, sandwiched in between bustling seamer Waite getting Tom Bailey caught behind and Graham Onions bowled as the score fell to 221 for nine.
But South Africa left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj clubbed three leg-side sixes in 38 as the visitors managed to get a second batting point for passing 250.
Either side of tea, Lancashire enjoyed success with the new ball as Yorkshire slipped to 27 for three inside 12 overs of their second innings, a deficit of 18.
Beforehand, Bailey had New Zealand overseas left-hander Jeet Raval lbw before Onions had Lyth caught behind. Five balls into the evening, Bailey bowled Harry Brook with one that seemed to keep low.
But Ballance and Tom Kohler-Cadmore boosted Yorkshire with an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 100, brought up in the final over of the day.
Ballance reached his 121-ball fifty late in the day, with Kohler-Cadmore finishing on 42.