Bowlers help dominate another rain-affected day
George Burrows took his maiden First-Class wickets as Lancashire had the better of Day Two at Yorkshire, despite Adam Lyth's gritty knock
A maiden First-Class wicket for George Burrows and a double-wicket maiden for Danny Lamb underpinned a strong bowling effort as Yorkshire closed Day Two on 178/6 at Emerald Headingley.
Both sides enjoyed periods of dominance during an uninterrupted morning, which saw Yorkshire advance their first innings from eight to 53 without loss before slipping to 78/4, including two wickets in three balls for all-rounder Lamb.
No play was possible between 2.15pm and 4.45pm, with the hosts later advancing their first innings from 98/4 after 36 overs to close on 178/6 from 66overs.
Day One saw 87 overs lost to rain, with a further 35 lost during Day Two, meaning the chances of either side winning this penultimate round North Group fixture are increasingly slim.
When Day Two began, Yorkshire advanced on the front foot, though the Red Rose will feel aggrieved not to have had Adam Lyth LBW to Tom Bailey in the first over of the day.
Lyth shared a half-century opening partnership with Tom Kohler-Cadmore (18), only for Yorkshire’s position of strength to slip away during the second half of the morning in bowler-friendly conditions.
Of Lancashire’s four front-line seamers, Bailey, 29, is the only one with significant experience given he is playing his 60th First-Class game.
The others, Burrows, Lamb and George Balderson, had only nine previous First-Class appearances between them coming into this fixture, but they all contributed to an impressive fightback, with bustling seamers Lamb and Balderson built significant pressure.
Bailey (1/27 from 18 overs) made the initial breakthrough when he had Kohler-Cadmore smartly caught low down at first slip by Keaton Jennings in the eleventh over.
Lamb replaced Bailey at the Emerald Stand End and had Will Fraine caught behind for five and Tom Loten lbw for nought as the White Rose slipped to 61/3 in the 17th over.
There was further damage done courtesy of Burrows, who returned for his second spell - his first five overs cost him 35 - at the Kirkstall Lane End and had almost instantly claimed his first career wicket.
Three balls into the 24th over, Harry Brook cut a short and wide delivery to Josh Bohannon at point.
Jennings dropped Jonny Tattersall on one at first slip, and there was only enough time for three overs to be bowled in the afternoon before rain. At that point, wicketless Balderson had only conceded seven runs in eight overs.
Lyth reached his fifty shortly after the evening resumption at 4.45pm, off 130 balls with eight fours and his six off Burrows, as he and wicketkeeper batsman Tattersall steadied the hosts after the loss of those four quick morning wickets with a fifth-wicket stand of 61.
But Jennings atoned for the earlier drop by claiming the scalp of Tattersall for 25, caught at first slip by Steven Croft on the drive as the score fell to 139/5 in the 52nd.
Lyth later pulled a second six off Lamb, only to lose another partner in Jordan Thompson as Burrows bowled him off an inside-edge as he tried to leave alone (164 for six in the 62nd over).