Roses record helps Lancashire gain the advantage
Lancashire’s lower order turned this Roses match back in their favour after an astonishing morning of run scoring at Emirates Old Trafford.
Records tumbled on a day watched by many former Lancashire players, attending as guests of the club, who must have been impressed by what they saw as Lancashire added 195 runs in 37 overs to reach 494 all out at lunch.
Jordan Clark and Kyle Jarvis both achieved career-best scores and the pair broke the Lancashire 10th wicket partnership record against Yorkshire and came within a whisker of setting another.
Yorkshire in reply have produced a determined and dogged reply to reach 136-2 from 62 overs by the close to trail by 358 runs.
Resuming on 299-7 this morning Clark and Arron Lilley adopted a positive approach right from the start hitting a flurry of boundaries that saw the 50 partnership arrive from 35 balls in just 21 minutes.
Lilley, playing in his second Championship game of the season, twice advanced down the wicket to loft Rashid straight for four before cutting the leg spinner to the boundary in the same over.
Clark contributed some thumping drives off Ryan Sidebottom, with the bowler less than pleased when Tim Bresnan, at first slip, parried a catchable edge that went for four when Clark had made 20.
In fact all the Yorkshire bowlers got the treatment as Lilley and Clark struck 13 boundaries in great style to take Lancashire to a fourth batting point, their partnership adding 87 runs in 13 exhilarating overs.
Lilley departed attempting to steer a short Steve Patterson delivery over the slips only to edge the ball to wicketkeeper Andy Hodd, but his 45 from 39 balls was a gem of an innings.
Nathan Buck followed quickly, lbw to Bresnan for 1, which meant Yorkshire had collected their third bowling point with two balls of the 110th over remaining with Lancashire 387-9.
What followed was nothing short of sensational as Clark and Jarvis combined to take Lancashire way beyond the 400-run mark with a mixture of brilliant hitting combined with sensible placement in a record partnership.
Jarvis struck two sixes and four fours in making a career-best 57-his first first-class half century-while Clark was unbeaten with a career-best 84 that included one six and 8 fours.
The pair set a new 10th wicket record for Lancashire against Yorkshire when Jarvis drove Rashid over long-on for his second six, passing the 82-run mark established by Ian Austin and Peter Martin at Scarborough in 1991.
When Jarvis was finally out lbw to the suffering Rashid (1-149 from 32 overs) their 10th wicket stand of 107 was just one run shy of the 10th wicket Roses record set by Lord Hawke and Lees Whitehead in 1903.
Replying to Lancashire’s 494, Yorkshire lost Adam Lyth lbw for 25, the opener guilty of playing across a well-pitched up delivery from Jarvis with 38 runs on the board.
Tom Smith then twice found the edge of Jack Leaning’s bat in the same over, the first flying high and fast to the right of second slip where Lilley made a great attempt to take a one-handed leaping catch. Two balls later Liam Livingstone held a regulation edge at first slip to bring Smith reward for pitching the ball up and drawing the batsman forward.
That wicket at 55-2 gave Lancashire real hopes of making inroads into the White Rose top order but Alex Lees and Andrew Gale defended determindly to steer their side through the rest of the afternoon and the evening session, in which they scored 51 runs in 33 overs, to be there at the close.
Both had some near misses, Gale cutting Clark just wide of gully the closest call, while Lancashire were unsuccessful with several appeals as the spin trio of Lilley, Kerrigan and occasionally Livingstone, pushed for a breakthrough during the evening.
Lees finished on 58 not out from 191 balls and Gale 36 not out from 121 deliveries to resume tomorrow with Yorkshire at 136-2 trailing by 358, with Red Rose hopes of pushing for victory possibly turning towards the 209 runs the visitors require to avoid the follow-on.
Kyle Jarvis feels that the key for a Red Rose success would be to bowl Yorkshire out for less than 345 total that would make the follow-on possible.
“There was still a bit of pace and bounce in the wicket this afternoon and the guys bowled really well on it. They are only going at around two runs per over and tomorrow we are only 18 overs away from the new ball. One big session from us could put us in a great position. I think it’s the only way we can win really.
“The guys have been fantastic over these two days so far. It’s not how you start it’s how you finish, as the saying goes, so we are aiming to have two big days now.”
Lancashire’s batting this morning set a positive tone for the day with Jarvis making a significant contribution.
“It was set up nicely this morning by Arron and Clarky who batted really well,” he said. “I just played a few shots and it came off which was great.
“We didn’t have an ideal session last night losing those six wickets and we were in a bit of trouble this morning at 299 for 7 so for them to go out and play positively and get the runs they did was fantastic. It took the pressure off.
“I hadn’t quite cracked that fifty barrier before so it was nice to get it and if I could choose any match to do it in it would be a Roses match.”
Photo (c) Simon Pendrigh