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Davies, batsmen make inroads on first innings deficit

Davies, batsmen make inroads on first innings deficit

Alex Davies made it back-to-back half-centuries as Lancashire closed the third day trailing by 65 runs with five wickets in hand


Successive Bob Willis Trophy fifties for Alex Davies and a career-best showing for Danny Lamb helped Lancashire close in on Yorkshire's first innings total on Day Three at Emerald Headingley.

Davies, who put on another century stand with Keaton Jennings following their exploits at Trent Bridge six days ago, made an exquisite 73 as the backbone behind the close of play score of 195/5.

That followed Lamb's 4/55, beating his previous best of 4/70 against Glamorgan in Colwyn Bay last year, helping to bowl the hosts out for 260 despite a century for opener Adam Lyth. 

This penultimate Bob Willis Trophy North Group fixture is heading for a weather-affected draw given 122 overs were lost in the first two days and the likelihood of play on Day Four is minimal due to an adverse forecast.

Should the poor final day forecast prove correct, the Red Rose are all but out of the running for a place in the five-day final at Lord's, but will take a huge amount of positives from the amount of First-Class cricket rising young stars have seen in the last four matches.

Lyth’s century was his fourth career Roses First-Class ton, enjoying some good fortune along the way on Day Two, and he started the day on 86 with Yorkshire 178/6 from 66 overs of their first innings.

In completing a 55-run stand with George Hill, he moved to three figures off 218 balls with back-to-back boundaries.

Lamb completed career best figuresin bowling Yorkshire out before lunch, bowling Hill for a composed 29 in his second game and getting Steve Patterson caught at first slip when an attempted pull cue-ended to Keaton Jennings.

Lyth was the first morning departure when he edged a loose drive at Tom Bailey to first slip - 219/7 in the 80th over.

Duanne Olivier made an unbeaten 20 to get Yorkshire to a second batting bonus point before George Balderson wrapped up the innings within the final half hour of the morning - the 93rd over of the innings - by trapping Jared Warner LBW. 

Through the majority of the afternoon, Lancashire openers Davies and Jennings took advantage of the easiest batting conditions of the match to share their second successive century opening partnership.

Their 104-run partnership in 34 overs was dominated by Davies, though both men drove handsomely on either side of the wicket. The shot of the day came via Jennings' straight drive. 

Davies reached his third fifty of the competition off 73 balls and later moved to 4,000 First-Class career runs upon reaching 56.

Yorkshire then hit back either side of tea with a trio of wickets in six overs as Lancashire slipped to 112/3 in the 41st.

Jennings was first to go for 23, trapped LBW sweeping at Lyth’s off-spin before Jared Warner had Josh Bohannon edging behind.

Patterson then had the key wicket of Davies, who batted serenely and struck 14 boundaries before he was LBW playing to leg.

Following the clatter of wickets, Dane Vilas (41) and Rob Jones (21) put on a stand worth 65 for the fourth wicket to halt Yorkshire's momentum.

They fell in successive deliveries late in the day as Olivier trapped Vilas LBW with one that kept very low before Jones was caught behind driving at Hill.

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