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494 all out
360 all out
First Innings
232/3
188/0
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  • Day One

    Haseeb Hameed posted his third career Specsavers County Championship century before Lancashire lost six evening wickets for 61 to undo their earlier good work with the bat on day one against Yorkshire at Emirates Old Trafford.

    Hameed’s first full season at the top of the Red Rose order has seen him reach 50 nine times in 19 innings, with this particular knock, a 209-ball 114, contributing to a home score of 299 for seven from 95.4 overs.

    But they had been 238 for one before Tim Bresnan, Jack Brooks and Ryan Sidebottom intervened. Brooks finished with three for 51.

    Hameed, 19, is now Lancashire’s leading Championship run-scorer in 2016 with 930.

    Hameed shared 86 for the first wicket with Tom Smith, whose 46 was ended just after lunch when he was trapped lbw by Sidebottom.

    Right-handed Hameed then built on the encouraging start with the help of Luke Procter, another man who is enjoying an impressive campaign.

    Procter, a left-hander with a crouched stance, and Hameed shared 152 inside 39 overs for the second wicket through the majority of the afternoon and evening sessions.

    Procter posted a fluent 79 off 128 balls with 14 boundaries, but he was the first of the post tea collapse.

    No doubt Steven Croft won an important toss, meaning Yorkshire’s bowlers were given very little to work, but they were far from at their best, although obviously much improved after tea.

    Adil Rashid, for example, struggled to find a consistent length on a pitch which is expected to turn significantly during the latter stages of the game.

    Before tea, Hameed advanced down the pitch and on-drove Rashid twice for four before reaching his hundred off 189 balls with 14 fours midway through the evening.

    By that time, Lancashire had gone beyond 200.

    All of this happened just a week after Hameed, in last weekend’s draw against Hampshire at Southampton, had reached 1,000 career first-class runs in only his 15th match.

    That made him Lancashire’s youngest batsman to reach 1,000 runs aged 19 years and 199 days.

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    If he continues this kind of form, he will play Test cricket for England much earlier than many good judges, including his coach Ashley Giles, expected.

    Bresnan broke the second-wicket stand between Hameed and Procter when he had the latter caught behind on the drive as the score fell to 238 for two after 75 overs.

    He then picked up the key wicket of Hameed at the end of the 77th when, with nine more runs added to the total, the opener was caught and bowled off a top-edged pull.

    Brooks then had Steven Croft caught at slip by Bresnan with the new ball in the 84th over - 268 for four - before Sidebottom had Liam Livingstone caught behind for a duck in the 89th.

    Brooks then had night-watchman Simon Kerrigan caught behind in the 92nd and forced Alviro Petersen to chop on in the day’s last over.

    The day had started for Yorkshire with Jack Leaning, Azeem Rafiq and David Willey all receiving their county caps. Only Leaning is playing in this fixture.

  • Day Two

    A record-breaking stand of 107 for the tenth wicket between Lancashire’s Jordan Clark and Kyle Jarvis was the highlight of an even day two against Yorkshire at Emirates Old Trafford.

    Lancashire are searching for their first Specsavers County Championship win in seven for a couple of reasons; firstly to extinguish any fears of a relegation fight and also to re-ignite a title challenge such is the jam-packed nature of the Division One table.

    They started day two at 299 for seven having lost six wickets for 61 runs after tea on day one.

    But half-centuries for Clark and last man Jarvis plus 45 for Arron Lilley fired them to 494 all out during an exhilarating morning’s batting.

    Clark hit a career best 84 not out and Jarvis 57, his maiden first-class century, before seeing Yorkshire respond with 136 for two from 62 overs after lunch. Alex Lees top-scored with 62 not out.

    Their partnership, which lasted almost 24 overs, was Lancashire’s highest tenth-wicket stand in Roses matches, beating 82 between Peter Martin and Ian Austin at Scarborough in 1991.

    Unfortunately for them, it fell just one short of equalling the overall Roses record posted here in 1903 when Yorkshire pair Lord Hawke and Lees Whitehead added 108.

    Clark and Lilley started the day by sharing 87 for the eighth wicket in the first 14 overs of play in counter-attacking fashion, albeit far from gung-ho batting.

    Yorkshire did at least manage to get a third bowling point in the nick of time thanks to wickets for Steve Patterson and Tim Bresnan in the 109th and 110th overs.

    Patterson had Lilley caught behind uppercutting and Bresnan trapped Nathan Buck lbw with a leg stump yorker.

    Then, Clark and Jarvis, surprisingly demoted to number eleven below Buck, set about their record-breaking stand.

    They hit a trio of sixes down the ground, with one for Jarvis off Adil Rashid taking him to his maiden fifty off 84 balls.

    Rashid then got his revenge by trapping Jarvis lbw to wrap up the innings in the 133rd over and signal lunch.

    At 55 for two in the 20th over of their reply, there would have been a few Yorkshire jitters.

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    Jarvis trapped Adam Lyth lbw shuffling across and playing to leg in the 13th over of the innings before Jack Leaning edged Tom Smith to Liam Livingstone at first slip seven overs later.

    But left-handers Lees and Andrew Gale, the latter in particular need of runs following only one previous fifty, steadied the ship either side of tea with an unbroken stand of 81.

    Yorkshire are not out of the woods yet, but they almost certainly will be if they reach the follow-on target of 345 on day three.

    Lees reached 50 off 155 balls, while Gale’s 36 not out means he is closing in on only a second Championship half-century of 2016.

  • Day Three

    Lancashire face a race against time if they are to force a notable Specsavers County Championship win over Yorkshire at Emirates Old Trafford.

    The Red Rose county will head into day four with a lead of 204 with all 10 second-innings wickets in tact after another dominant third day.

    They failed to make Yorkshire, replying to 494, follow-on, though bowled them out for 360 thanks to four for 70 for Kyle Jarvis and Simon Kerrigan’s three for 91.

    Tom Smith and Haseeb Hameed made a positive start to Lancashire’s second innings as they reached close at 70 without loss from 21 overs.

    And they must up the ante during the fourth morning if they are to give themselves enough time to bowl Yorkshire out on a pitch which is far from a batsman’s graveyard.

    Realistically, Lancashire will need at least 70 overs of bowling time with a target likely to be in the region of 350.

    Yorkshire managing to avoid the follow-on took significant time out of the contest.

    And they had a quintet of batsmen to thank for reaching 345 just before tea.

    Alex Lees and Andrew Gale, the county’s captains in white and red ball cricket, completed innings of 85 and 83 respectively before lunch.

    They posted a watchful third-wicket partnership of 130 before falling prior to lunch.

    Lees was trapped lbw by Jarvis with the second new ball and Gale steered Tom Smith to gully as the score fell to 237 for four in the 92nd over.

    Gale had shared a run-a-ball 52 for the fourth wicket with debutant Jake Lehmann, who played strongly down the ground on the way to what proved to be an important 46.

    But he was one of three post lunch wickets to fall for eleven as Lancashire started their victory push.

    Two of them fell to Jarvis. After Kerrigan removed Adil Rashid caught at short-leg, the ex-Zimbabwe seamer forced Lehmann to chop on and trapped Tim Bresnan lbw.

    That left the score at 283 for seven in the 106th over of the innings with 62 still needed to force Lancashire into batting again immediately.

    Enter Andrew Hodd and the ever-dependable Steve Patterson.

    They shared 58 for the eighth wicket, with Hodd making 43.

    Like Gale, this was a season’s best score for the experienced wicketkeeper, who fell with four runs need to avoid when he top-edged Kerrigan to a diving Liam Livingstone, who took a superb catch having run around from slip towards gully.

    Patterson then drove Nathan Buck to the cover fence before being bowled by the same man after tea.

    Kerrigan had Ryan Sidebottom caught behind to wrap up the innings before Lancashire openers Smith and Haseeb Hameed batted through to close for 35 and 30 respectively.

  • Day Four

    Lancashire’s Haseeb Hameed posted his second hundred of the match before Yorkshire’s batsmen, who opted against chasing 367 despite laying a platform, secured the draw at Emirates Old Trafford.

    Opener Hameed, 19, underpinned Lancashire’s second-innings 232 for three declared with an unbeaten 100 off 124 balls.

    He helped to set the reigning Specsavers County Championship title holders a stiff target in a minimum of 71 overs just before lunch.

    Centurion Alex Lees and opening partner Adam Lyth laid a platform by scoring 148 in 41 overs before tea, but they struggled to push on and shook hands at 5pm on 188 without loss from 52 overs.

    Lancashire dominated this fixture and claimed eleven points to Yorkshire’s 10.

    It means the champions are now 26 points behind leaders Middlesex in second place with five to play and a game in hand.

    Both sides play each other in the final week of the season at Lord’s.

    Lancashire are 34 behind Middlesex in fourth with four to play. Those two counties also meet here next month.

    The Red Rose scored 162 runs in 23 overs before lunch as they advanced from 70 without loss overnight, including 87 for Tom Smith.

    He shared an opening stand of 168 with Hameed, the county’s highest partnership for that wicket.

    Hameed’s innings also saw him pass 1,000 Championship runs for the season, his first full campaign of first-team cricket.

    And it proved to be a dream for the statisticians.

    Hameed became the youngest Lancashire player to post 1,000 Championship runs in a season aged 19 years and 212 days and the fifth youngest in all.

    He also became the youngest Lancastrian to post two hundreds in the same match against any opponent, he became the first to do it against Yorkshire and only the third for either side in this particular fixture.

    The right-hander is also the youngest ever to post two hundreds in a first-class match played in England.

    Hameed also became the first teenaged opener to ever post four hundreds in a County Championship season, with the likes of Michael Vaughan, Marcus Trescothick and Rob Key posting two.

    Lyth was dropped on three at gully by Alviro Petersen off Kyle Jarvis two balls into the afternoon, but the left-handed pair were otherwise chanceless through to tea.

    At the start of the evening, they need 219 more in a minimum of 30 overs.

    They failed to get out of the blocks immediately after tea, despite Lees’ first Roses ton coming off 154 balls.

    The target became 180 in the final 20 overs, but the players shook hands almost immediately with Lees on 114 and Lyth on 63.

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