Bailey blast helps put Lancs on top in Roses clash
Lancashire enjoyed a good opening day in this top of the table Roses clash after bowling Yorkshire out for 159 by tea before reaching the close on 95-1, just 64 runs behind.
There can have fewer dramatic starts to a Roses match as Lancashire swept away the Yorkshire top and middle order with an outstanding bowling performance.
Tom Bailey led the way with 3-6 from 14 overs but all the Red Rose bowlers chipped in with wickets after visiting skipper Steve Patterson had won the toss and elected to bat.
But Patterson could hardly have expected the clatter of wickets that fell during the session on a good wicket.
Bailey and Saqib Mahmood produced a devastating opening burst that left Yorkshire reeling at 15-4 after an hour’s play.
The pair had beaten the bat a number of times after finding good pace and bounce along with early morning assistance from the pitch-and seen a couple of chances put down-before Bailey had Adam Lyth well caught by Danny Lamb at gully. Mahmood was soon wheeling away in delight when Will Fraine edged behind to Dane Vilas to make a 14-ball duck after being called up to replace the injured Gary Ballance.
The third wicket was a self-induced running error with Harry Brook beaten by a sharp piece of work from Alex Davies at cover after misjudging an attempt at a sharp single.
George Hill then edged Bailey to Liam Livingstone at second slip to compound a miserable start by the visitors but they fared little better during the second hour of the day.
Dom Bess cut Luke Wood to Lamb at gully, Tom Kohler-Cadmore-dropped twice early on in his innings-was lbw to Lamb for 10 and Jordan Thompson fended off a short-pitched Wood delivery to Keaton Jennings at short leg to leave Yorkshire reeling on 40-7 and reach lunch in deep trouble at 57-7.
The afternoon session was something of a contrast as the visitors determinedly fought back.
Harry Duke, playing in just his second first-class game, was the one bright spark in the Yorkshire batting hitting a couple of lovely boundaries just before the break and going on to compile a really accomplished half-century.
Duke found good, solid, support from Patterson in an eighth wicket partnership of 77 to push the total well past the hundred mark with the White Rose skipper smashing a six and a four off Wood before being bowled for 27 attempting to sweep Matt Parkinson. Duke followed moments later after gloving an attempted pull off Bailey to be caught behind for 52.
Ben Coad hit out effectively in making an unbeaten 32 to add a further 38 runs for the 10th wicket with Duanne Olivier to take Yorkshire to a total of 159 by the time Lamb had Olivier well caught at slip by Luke Wells.
Despite the fightback by Yorkshire from an admittedly desperate position, this was an excellent all-round performance from the Lancashire bowlers on a wicket that has played well throughout.
That was underlined by the Lancashire reply with Davies producing an array of attacking shots in his 52 off 57 balls before departing to a leg side ‘strangle’ off Olivier in an opening partnership of 71 with Jennings.
Jennings (22 not out) and Wells (11 not out) then saw the day in some comfort to leave Lancashire well-placed on 95-1 and just 64 runs behind.
Tom Bailey hailed a day that went “as being pretty close to one hundred percent,” after he helped bowl Yorkshire out in two sessions today.
“At 40-7 I think we’d have liked to have bowled them out for a bit less,” he added. “But it’s a good wicket and we’d have taken 159 all out at the start of the day.”
Lancashire’s bowlers were relentless during that first session and Bailey said:
“We knew there would be a bit of moisture in the pitch early on. But I don’t think any team expect to be seven down at lunch.”
“But after me and Saqib finished our spells, Woody and Lamby were straight on it too.”
“We knew it would be a tricky first session, but having said that we were going to bat first as well if we had won the toss.
“After lunch the pitch had ‘slabbed up’ and the way Alex and Keats played, that was the way we thought the wicket would be.”
Bailey’s figures of 3-6 from 14 overs including 11 maidens were outstanding.
“It was nice to only go for a few runs today,” he smiled. “I said to lads earlier that a few weeks ago I went for 40 off five overs, so today was really good.”
And Bailey revealed he had turned up feeling the effects of being rested, but not perhaps in the way you would expect.
“I felt a bit undercooked going into today,” he revealed. “But I suppose it didn’t look like it!”
“I’ve basically had a month off not playing (due to rain and being rested),” he explained.” After the first four games I felt like I could just carry on.”
“But I fully understand the reasons for it (rotating the bowlers) because all the bowling unit know we are going have to be rested at some point.
“It would have nice to keep playing but there’s every chance (if you do) that you could get injured as well.
Photos: Barry Mitchell & Luke Adams