Kyle Jarvis continued his excellent start to the new season as Lancashire enjoyed a healthy day one against Yorkshire at Headingley today.
Jarvis moved to the top of the Specsavers Division One wicket-takers’ list with 4-74 from 20 overs to take his tally to 28 in his sixth match as Yorkshire closed on 301-9 from 95.2 overs.
The reigning county champions had been 74-5 inside 22 overs this morning before half-centuries for Adil Rashid and Tim Bresnan ensured three batting bonus points.
Rashid made 88 and Bresnan 69, with the pair sharing 136 in 47 overs for the sixth wicket from late morning through to early evening.
Steve Patterson and Andrew Hodd also contributed 41 not out and 40 respectively, sharing 75 for the ninth wicket.
After captain Steven Croft opted to bowl first, he contributed himself in unusual fashion as the all-rounder took two catches as wicketkeeper.
Croft has been forced to take the gloves for this match following a knee injury to Alex Davies - suffered in Friday’s T20 - and Jos Buttler’s unavailability due to rest.
Croft has only kept once before in county first-team colours when he took the gloves in a T20 friendly in Dubai in March 2013.
He was in the action early as Adam Lyth edged the fourth ball of the match behind, leaving the score at 4-1.
Jarvis struck three times in his nine overs with the new ball, getting Alex Lees, Gary Ballance and Jack Leaning caught in the slips before New Zealander Neil Wagner trapped Andrew Gale lbw for 36 on the way to a three-wicket haul.
All-round pair Rashid and Bresnan then frustrated Lancashire for the best part of a session and a half.
They rode their luck initially, with Rashid twice inside-edging past him stumps to the fine-leg boundary, but they largely looked at ease in good batting conditions.
Rashid reached 50 off 86 balls - his fifth 50 plus score in 17 Roses innings - and Bresnan followed him off 113 balls.
Their damage was limited after tea as both fell shortly before the second new ball was taken along with Liam Plunkett as the score slipped to 226-8 in the 78th over.
Rashid chipped Simon Kerrigan’s left-arm spin to cover and Plunkett chipped Jarvis to mid-on. Wagner then had Bresnan caught behind off an inside-edge.
Patterson, who hit Kerrigan for six over long-on, and Hodd then took Yorkshire to three batting points, a haul Lancashire’s bowlers matched before close when Wagner had the latter caught at leg slip in the day’s final over.
Lancashire slumped from 46-0 to 196 all out either side of lunch on day two to seriously undermine their chances of pushing for victory against Yorkshire at Headingley.
Having bowled the reigning county champions out for 308 this morning, the current Division One leaders were in an extremely healthy state as they go in search of their fourth win from six matches.
But they were undone by a sizeable collapse, which saw them slip to 92-7 after lunch.
Their last three wickets managed to put on 104 as Liam Livingstone led the way with an unbeaten 60.
He shared 48 in 6.4 overs for the ninth wicket with Kyle Jarvis, whose 33 also ensured the Red Rose avoided the follow-on by passing 159.
Lancashire, however, still conceded a first-innings lead of 112 at tea on day two, with Adil Rashid taking three wickets.
Yorkshire built on that lead by reaching 77-3 from 31 overs at close against a Lancashire attack minus Tom Bailey due to a leg injury, and they will begin tomorrow on 189 runs in front with Adam Lyth on 44.
Tom Smith was the first Lancashire batsman to depart when he drove Steve Patterson to point for 26 in the 15th over before Haseeb Hameed was caught at second slip off Tim Bresnan in the 18th.
The third Lancashire wicket to fall was that of Luke Procter, trapped lbw by Jack Brooks as the score fell to 59-3 shortly before lunch.
The same bowler then struck again in the first over of the afternoon when he trapped Alviro Petersen lbw.
And when Patterson had Karl Brown caught behind as he attempted to leave alone, Lancashire were five down and still 90 away from avoiding the follow-on.
The wickets continued to tumble.
Bresnan had Steven Croft caught at third slip as the score fell to 91-6 in the 40th before Liam Plunkett forced Bailey to glove a bouncer behind in the next over - 92-7.
Then came the recovery from Livingstone, Wagner and Jarvis.
Livingstone, who hit a six over mid-wicket off Rashid on the way to 50 off 73 balls, put on 34 with Wagner - trapped lbw for 12 trying to pull Rashid’s first ball as the score slipped to 126-8 in the 51st.
Jarvis then hit seven fours in his 28-ball knock as he and Livingstone put on 48 inside seven overs before the former was stumped off Rashid’s leg-spinners.
The same bowler wrapped up the innings when he had Simon Kerrigan lbw just before tea.
Earlier, Yorkshire had advanced from 301-9 overnight to 308 all out, with Wagner getting Patterson caught in the gully for 45.
Yorkshire’s second innings started immediately after tea.
Although Smith picked up his first wicket since returning from injury when he had Alex Lees caught behind, Yorkshire had already had 41 on the board amidst a confident start.
But Wagner removed Jack Leaning, caught at second slip by Smith before getting Gary Ballance caught behind with a snorter, leaving the score at 70-3 just before close.
Lancashire are pursuing an imposing 349 to beat county champions Yorkshire in the ongoing Roses clash at Headingley, and they reached close on day three at 41-1 in the 24th over.
The current Division One leaders face an uphill battle to prevent Yorkshire moving level with them on 88 points after six Championship matches, but they are supremely confident of success.
They started their chase eight overs before tea, but lost Tom Smith afterwards.
Bad light stopped play shortly after 5pm with the best part of 17 overs remaining in the day.
Should Lancashire achieve this total, it would be their tenth highest in the fourth innings of a first-class fixture and their seventh highest successful run chase.
The Red Rose made a stunning start to the day with the ball as Yorkshire, in their second innings, slipped from 77-3 overnight to 89-6, which meant a lead of 201.
At that stage, Lancashire would have been confident of restricting the Tykes to a lead of less than 300.
Unfortunately, as happened in the first innings from 74-5, Tim Bresnan and Adil Rashid sparked a lower order recovery.
Yorkshire’s last four wickets added 147 either side of lunch as they were eventually bowled out for 236, which included Wagner’s impressive haul of 4-71 from 24 overs.
The New Zealand left-arm seamer moved joint top of the Division One wicket-takers’ list alongside team-mate Kyle Jarvis on 28.
“I’ll be happy with that - if we win,” said Wagner of his personal haul. “That’s the most important thing.”
Bresnan and Rashid shared 41 for the seventh wicket just before lunch, but Rashid and Liam Plunkett, who top-scored with 57, did the most damage.
They came together just before the break with Yorkshire 130-7 in the 55th over and went on to add 74 inside 23 overs.
Plunkett reached 50 off 80 balls and later hit Simon Kerrigan for a straight six.
Rashid and Plunkett fell to Kerrigan, caught behind and at deep cover respectively, before Procter wrapped up the innings when he bowled Jack Brooks.
This was yet another enthralling day of Championship cricket, and it started with a boundary and a wicket in the first two balls.
Wagner was clipped for four by Adam Lyth before gaining revenge by bowling the left-hander around his legs second ball.
Night-watchman Steve Patterson was then caught behind off Smith before Andrew Gale fended Wagner to short-leg.
Procter then had Bresnan caught at first slip by Liam Livingstone shortly before lunch, but that only united Plunkett and Rashid.
Lancashire’s openers Smith and Hameed had calmly advanced the Red Rose to 28-0 in the 13th before Smith fell, caught at short cover off Patterson.
Lancashire suffered their second four-day defeat of the season today as Yorkshire prevented them from chasing 349 on day four at Headingley to win by 175 runs.
The Red Rose county lost a Roses Championship away fixture for only the second time in the last 25 seasons after being bowled out for 173 just before tea.
Karl Brown top-scored with an excellent 51 following his return to the side at number six in the batting order, but Adil Rashid and Tim Bresnan took four wickets apiece for the hosts.
Brown shared 63 for the sixth wicket with Liam Livingstone (24) either side of lunch to give Lancashire a glimmer of hope after slipping to 98-5, but it wasn’t enough as their last five wickets fell for 12 runs in ten overs.
Despite the reverse, the visitors have maintained their position as league leaders in the Specsavers Division One.
Both Lancashire, who started the day at 41-1 and needing 308 more runs to win, and Yorkshire now sit on 88 points, although Steven Croft’s side have won three matches to the hosts’ two.
"We were confident and talked about remaining positive,” said Ashley Giles, Lancashire’s cricket director and head coach.
“Conditions waking up this morning didn't help, though.
"We knew it would be tough, but once we'd lost those five wickets the first aim was just to bat for a while, and I thought Brown and Livingstone did that extremely well.
“In the end it wasn't enough, but we have to hold our hands up because Yorkshire played better cricket than us.
"We knew coming here would be our biggest challenge so far this season. They are a very good side and particularly experienced.
“We opened the door on that first morning (Yorkshire were 29-4) but couldn't quite get through it in that second session.
"Bresnan and Rashid both played extremely well, and in both innings their tail really wagged and got them in a strong position.
“Credit to them. We can learn a lot from it because if we want to be champions one day, then we're going to have beat sides like this on their own turf.
"We're still in a good position, but we need to play more consistent, more disciplined cricket. Or more cricket like we have at home.
“We have now lost two games away from home. If we can replicate our home form when we leave Old Trafford, we'll be fine.”
Lancashire’s hopes of victory were severely dented by losing four wickets before lunch as they fell to 98-5.
Bresnan impressed with two wickets in overcast conditions, while spinners Rashid and Adam Lyth struck once apiece.
Rashid and Lyth actually sparked Yorkshire’s final day victory push following an order from the umpires to Andrew Gale to bowl spin in fading light.
They struck in the space of four balls in the 31st and 32nd overs as the score slipped to 55-3.
Rashid had Haseeb Hameed caught behind cutting before Lyth had Luke Procter caught at slip.
Bresnan then bowled captain Croft off the inside edge as he attempted to shoulder arms in the 38th over before trapping Alviro Petersen lbw in the 46th.
Sixth-wicket pair Brown and Liam Livingstone took the score from 98 to 121-5 at lunch and later 161-5 with their 63-run stand inside 32 overs.
They batted well before Livingstone was the first of two batsmen to fall to Rashid short balls as Lancashire lost their last five wickets quickly.
Livingstone pulled a short ball straight to deep square-leg in the 77th over before Tom Bailey, batting with an injured side that will keep him out for up to eight weeks, top-edged a pull at the same bowler behind in the 79th.
And when Bresnan, now bowling with the new ball, had Neil Wagner caught behind down the leg-side at the start of the 82nd, Lancashire were 172-8.
Bresnan had Brown caught at cover in the 86th and Rashid wrapped up the win in the 87th, trapping Kyle Jarvis lbw to leave Lancashire with a haul of three points.
Meanwhile, Alex Davies is set to be out for at least the next two weeks with his knee injury.
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