Hameed in the record books as Roses Match ends in draw
Haseeb Hameed wrote himself in to the record books with another century against Yorkshire as the Roses match ended in a draw at Emirates Old Trafford.
The players shook hands on the stroke of 5pm with Yorkshire on 188-0 and rather surprisingly giving up on going for the remaining 179 required from 19 overs.
The result leaves Lancashire in fourth place in the Specsavers County Championship table on 139 points with four games remaining.
Lancashire needed quick runs this morning if they were to set a defendable target that allowed as much time as possible to bowl Yorkshire out, and seven runs off first over of the day from Adil Rashid signalled Red Rose intent, as Tom Smith and Haseeb Hameed cut loose.
Resuming on 70-0 Smith and Hameed hit 10 boundaries, including two sixes by Smith, as the pair hammered 98 runs from 71 balls to put the visitors under the cosh.
With eight fielders on the boundary at times, Smith twice went aerial hitting Patterson over long off for six before eventually top edging a pull off Tim Bresnan that Andy Hodd caught running towards backward square leg having made 87, thus ending Lancashire’s highest opening partnership of the season at 168.
Alviro Petersen and Steven Croft perished cheaply attempting to hit out but Hameed, well accompanied by Liam Livingstone with an unbeaten 31, progressed in marvellous fashion to his second century in the match, setting a host of records on the way.
When Hameed pulled Bresnan for 4 to backward square leg to be on 73 he had reached the milestone of 1,000 first-class runs for the season, and at 19 years and 212 days, became the youngest Lancashire cricketer to do so.
The 19 year-old played several impressive, expansive shots in scoring 70 off 66 balls today to add to his overnight 30 and Lancashire declared on 232-3 immediately after Hameed reached three figures with a gentle push to cover point to gain the single he required.
It was the youngster’s fourth century of the season and he is the only teenager to have four tons to his name in one season – the previous record was two.
Hameed ‘s two centuries in this match is the 17th time this has been achieved by a Lancashire batsman but the first time against Yorkshire, which is remarkable when you consider this was the 269th first-class game between the two Roses rivals.
Set 367 to win from a minimum of 71 overs, Yorkshire’s opening pair Alex Lees and Adam Lyth batted with a degree of caution while attacking anything loose, and it was an approach that paid dividends.
The pair survived six potentially tricky overs before lunch, Lancashire opening with Kyle Jarvis and, unusually, Simon Kerrigan to be 12-0 at the break.
Lyth had a let off from the second ball of the afternoon when a difficult chance to gully off Jarvis failed to stick with the batsman having made 5.
Their century partnership arrived in the 32nd over and the pair batted through the entire session to reach tea on 148-0 and bring the target down to 219 runs required from 30 overs.
That equation was clearly felt to be too tough to chase and after adding 40 runs in 11 overs the draw was agreed with Yorkshire on 188-0 with Lees on 114 and Lyth 63.
Lancashire take 11 points from the game and Yorkshire 10.
Director of Cricket and Head Coach Ashley Giles was pleased with the outcome after four hard days.
“From the moment we turned up for this game I thought we had a lot of intent about us,” he said.
“It was probably one of our best performances of the season. We can’t say we bossed it all as they finished none down, but we did for big periods of the game. It was really pleasing because they are a good team, well led and well coached,
“We always want to do better, and we only came out with 11 points but it is satisfying to play that sort of cricket against that sort of team. We talked about not being bullied by their side which is a very good double-championship winning team, and we weren’t.
“I’ve spoken before about being proactive and starting games well and we did that. Overall we played some really nice cricket. In the end I think the pitch got the better of all of us.
“If we can play cricket like that consistently we will be in a good spot.”
Haseeb Hameed continues to garner headlines following his fine performances and Giles was fulsome in his praise for the young opening batsman.
“He’s getting far too good far too quickly!” he laughed. “My four year timescale of him playing for England has gone out of the window. He’s an exceptional young player and has a great temperament. We are lucky to have him.
“He’s played sixteen games now and is averaging 55 in first-class cricket. He looks at home.
“He keeps his feet firmly on the ground and he keeps working hard at getting better. He’s going to have a very bright future.
Giles was also keen to sound a note of caution when discussing Hameed’s England prospects.
“The timing of introducing any young player is really important and Has is no different from that, but you look at his competition around the country and he has got a chance.
“Much of what it takes to play international cricket is about temperament, handling setbacks, professionalism, attitude and Has has all of that stuff in bucket loads. The thing you don’t find about is the heightened pressure until you get in that cauldron where’s there’s a full house and everyone’s writing about every mistake you make.
“You don’t know until you get put in that position but we’ve got some pretty good evidence already to say he would handle that stuff pretty well. He’s very level headed, has got a good temperament, a very solid upbringing and he’s just so desperate to do well and to play for England.
“They are good attributes to have at his age.”
Lancashire travel to the Oval next Tuesday with four Championship games to go, and Giles added: “Any side can beat any other side (in this division) so it’s going to be a tight run in. It’s a great division and there’s been some really good cricket played.
“We need to make sure we go to Surrey next week and turn up with the same sort of intensity and quality (as this game). “
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