Bohannon hits century as Lancs boosted by late wickets
Josh Bohannon struck his second first-class century as Lancashire turned the screw on Roses rivals Yorkshire on the third day of this LV= Insurance County Championship Group 3 match.
Bohannon and Danny Lamb compiled a massive seventh-wicket partnership of 150 to help Lancashire reach 509-9 before Dane Vilas declared with a lead of 350 runs.
Yorkshire replied strongly in their second innings, Adam Lyth and Tom Kohler-Cadmore effectively shutting up shop with a dogged and determined opening partnership of 72 from 37.3 overs.
The pair went scoreless for 48 balls either side of tea and of the first 37 overs sent down by the Lancashire bowlers 19 were maidens as the Red Rose attack found it tough going on an increasingly placid track.
But two wickets late in the day changed the complexion of this match.
Brought back on to bowl from the Brian Statham end with nine overs of the day remaining, Matt Parkinson made the breakthrough when he had Lyth well caught at leg slip by Luke Wells for 39 from the third ball of his new spell.
Then Saqib Mahmood produced a fast inswinging delivery to trap Kohler-Cadmore lbw for 32 three overs before the close which the visitors reached on 85-2 with Will Fraine 6 not out and nightwatchman Steve Patterson on 2 not out, still needing 265 more runs if they are to avoid an innings defeat.
Resuming on 350-6 and ahead by 191 runs at the start of the day, Bohannon and Lamb carefully and steadily extended that lead by 89 runs, batting fairly comfortably through the entire morning session to put Lancashire into a commanding position.
With the docile wicket offering little assistance the Yorkshire bowlers stuck to bowling straight on a good length to restrict the scoring and try and delay the Red Rose declaration as long as possible.
The second century partnership of the innings arrived in the first over of the afternoon before Lamb reached his half-century and was swiftly followed by Bohannon reaching his second first-class hundred, a lovely moment for a player who has suffered previous disappointment of finishing just short of three figures on a couple of occasions.
The pair upped the tempo as the afternoon wore on, Bohannon hitting Harry Brook for six as the lead went past the three-hundred mark before Lamb perished for 61 in the hunt for quick runs, caught at long-off by Steve Patterson off Dom Bess, the off spinner’s only success in returning figures of 1-120.
In a frantic end to the innings Tom Bailey hit George Hill for six before being bowled for 12 two balls later and Mahmood was run out for 0.
Bohannon received a great round of applause after finishing unbeaten on 127 when the declaration came, with Lancashire’s 509-9 equalling the 3rd highest Red Rose total against Yorkshire.
Now they need eight wickets tomorrow to seal victory.
Josh Bohannon hailed “a very enjoyable day”, following his century today.
“It’s my first one in a Roses match, and that makes it bit more special,” he said.
“I haven’t had for a while, although I think it’s been coming,” he added.
“I’ve felt good over the last few games and speaking to the lads over the last few games I felt I deserved one. Thankfully today was the day (it happened).
“There’s been times I’ve played well and should have carried on,” he explained. “So it was a massive relief to get over the line today.
“When I started I was on 0 for 25 balls. I got a blow on the arm early on and that kind of got me in the battle.
“I knew I had a massive job to do and the rest just kind of went on from there.”
Eight wickets are needed for victory and Bohannon admitted it will be a “tough task.”
“But with our attack I believe we are good enough to get eight wickets. It’s going to be a graft but we’ve got two massive wickets tonight, and we saw what can happen in the first dig, so we need to get stuck and work really hard.”
It has all the makings of a thrilling day.
Photos: Barry Mitchell & Luke Adams