Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid scored exhilarating centuries for Yorkshire to counter some early pressure from Lancashire's bowlers during the second day of the ongoing three-day friendly at Headingley.
Kyle Hogg and Oliver Newby had impressed with two wickets apiece before lunch as the hosts were reduced to 51-4, the pair finishing with figures of 2-47 and 2-32 from 12 overs respectively.
But the sixth-wicket pair, who came together just after lunch with their side at 106-5, added 184 in 37 overs before they retired out in quick succession. Bairstow finished with 131 and Rashid on 103. Yorkshire closed the day on 381-8 from 87 overs.
“Rash and Bairstow batted really well today,” admitted Red Rose all-rounder Tom Smith, who impressively followed new ball pair of Hogg and Wayne White this morning even though he went wicketless.
“I thought we bowled well in the first session. The lads set it up well with the new ball before Olly and I backed it up. In the middle session especially, they batted well. I thought we then came back and bowled well towards the end of the day.
“It is a friendly - if you can call it that against Yorkshire - and we’ve come into this game looking to get some more cricket. It’s good for the batters to get some time in the middle and for the bowlers to get overs under the belts in match conditions.”
These have been two days of entertaining cricket between the old foes, and they followed a similar path.
After losing a cluster of wickets during yesterday’s opening day, some resistance from Red Rose all-round pair Hogg and White boosted them from 133-7 to 269-7 declared, the declaration coming this morning.
And today it was the turn of the White Rose, who had stuttered before England international Bairstow and Rashid attacked with caution against both spin and seam, including second XI fast medium bowler Adnan Ghaus.
Lancashire dominated the morning session thanks to success from Hogg with the new ball and then Oliver Newby, who replaced him at the Rugby Stand End. Hogg claimed the scalps of England’s Joe Root caught behind for 11 and fellow opener Adam Lyth trapped lbw during a probing seven-over opening spell as he made use of useful bowling conditions early on.
Newby then matched his team-mate when he trapped home captain Andrew Gale lbw for four to leave the score at 46-3 in the 19th over. He then got Phil Jaques the same way for 14 with the final ball of the session.
Gary Ballance was the only Yorkshire wicket to fall during the afternoon, run out by a combination of Newby from cover and Gareth Cross behind the stumps.
Bairstow reached his century of 139 balls with 17 boundaries before retiring out with 21 fours and a six to his name. Rashid then followed suit when he brought up his ton off 115 balls, including 13 fours and three sixes - two of them over mid-wicket off the left-arm spin of Simon Kerrigan and Stephen Parry. He retired immediately.
Parry later had Azeem Rafiq caught behind by Cross for 20 before Tim Bresnan added an unbeaten 46 prior to close. If day three follows the same pattern as day two, Yorkshire will declare overnight to enable Lancashire to begin their second innings.
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