Yorkshire close in on Roses victory at Headingley
Day Three Report
Ben Coad claimed four wickets to put Lancashire on the ropes as they pursue 230 to beat Yorkshire in their ongoing Specsavers County Championship relegation battle at Headingley.
The Red Rose county, in severe danger of dropping out of Division One, suffered a nightmare final hour of day three as they slipped from 66-2 to 95-7, closing on 109 for seven.
Coad finished with four for 14 from 10 overs.
Yorkshire, trailing by 43 on first innings, resumed their second innings at the start of day three on 127 for three, a lead of 84.
New ball seamer Tom Bailey finished with four wickets to bowl Yorkshire out for 272 to signal an early tea and leave the Red Rose with 38 overs of batting to do.
This clash is crucial in terms of the Division One relegation picture.
Lancashire started the game third from bottom and one point above their arch-rivals, but having played a game more. This is their penultimate fixture.
Gary Ballance and Tom Kohler-Cadmore completed a superb fourth-wicket stand of 148 to drag the White Rose back into the contest from 27 for three on day two.
Ballance top-scored with 85 and Kohler-Cadmore 63.
But they were two of three wickets to fall in the morning session, and from there the hosts were unable to build any sustained momentum against an accurate attack, highlighted by Bailey and South Africa left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.
Bailey finished with four for 69 from 29 overs and Maharaj three for 52 from 32. Graham Onions added two wickets and Richard Gleeson one.
Onions is the division’s leading wicket-taker with 57 and Bailey second with 56.
Ballance and Kohler-Cadmore batted unbroken for just short of an hour at the start of the day before the latter was lbw pushing forwards at Maharaj.
Ballance followed the same way shortly afterwards, but playing to leg, as Yorkshire slipped to 192 for five in the 65th over - a lead of 149.
Just before lunch, Bailey had Jonny Tattersall caught behind for 22 as the score fell to 214 for six in the 72nd.
Yorkshire’s inability to break free was partly down to the pitch slowing up, although just prior to the last wicket falling the hosts took 12 off one Bailey over to boost their total, made up of two sets of four leg byes and an uppish Coad cover drive.
Prior to that, Matthew Waite was lbw to Onions before Steve Patterson lost his off-stump to Bailey.
Tim Bresnan then chipped a return catch to Maharaj for 20 as the score fell to 254 for nine in the 97th over, a lead of 211. Gleeson wrapped up the innings when Brooks edged him to slip, signalling an early tea.
Coad gave Yorkshire an early boost with the wicket of Alex Davies, who was caught behind aiming an uppercut, leaving Lancashire at 11 for one in the fifth over.
And Bresnan removed Karl Brown, lbw playing back to one which kept low - 31 for two in the 12th.
Brooks then struck twice in successive overs in the final hour of the day to give Yorkshire a definite advantage as Lancashire fell to 81 for four after 28 overs.
Steven Croft pulled him to mid-wicket before Liam Livingstone (28) was lost his off stump to one which kept low.
That advantage became a stranglehold with three wickets in eight balls for Coad. He bowled Dane Vilas and Tom Bailey and trapped Danny Lamb lbw, leaving the score at 95 for seven in the 33rd.