Mark Chilton completed his first LV County Championship century of the season this afternoon before Tom Lungley steamed into Yorkshire's top order at Headingley.
Chilton was frustrated by rain this morning as 32 balls were possible before an early lunch was taken with the visitors at 236-7, but when play restarted he reached three figures in four-day cricket for the first time in just under 12 months off 231 balls.
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The midddle-order batsman had to farm the strike, protecting No.11 Gary Keedy, after seeing the score slip to 252-9 with the departures of Lungley and Oliver Newby, but managed it for five overs before Keedy was caught at silly point by Joe Sayers off the leg-spin of Adil Rashid.
Yorkshire and England one-day leg-spinner Rashid clinched innings figures of 5-97 from 34.2 overs – his second successive five-wicket haul – and had earlier bowler Newby around his legs with a googly.
Lungley was the first Red Rose batsman to fall this morning when he was forced to fend Tim Bresnan, another England one-day international, to Jonny Bairstow in the gully. But Chilton, who finished the innings unbeaten on 111 off 241 balls with eleven fours, navigated his men to 276.
Yorkshire then closed the day on 131-5 after 50 overs of their reply, but they were forced to recover from 72-5.
“We have done very well, especially with the five early wickets in the afternoon,” said Chilton, who watched Lungley claim 3-40 from 12 overs.
“It’s a funny situation when someone comes in on loan, it would have been quite daunting for Tom, but he has done well right from the off. He has bowled really good lines, and he has put the Yorkshire batsmen under pressure.
“It was a hard fought one (hundred), and I never felt fluent out there,” continued Chilton, who celebrated his feat with real gusto.
“I don’t know what came over me,” he joked. “It was nice to get three figures because I felt as if I should have got there at Hampshire. It does mean a lot. Hopefully it will be a significant score in the match. I have said before in interviews that this season has gone well for me right from the start after a very difficult one last year.”
The visitors claimed two batting bonus points in the process as Bresnan, who was Yorkshire’s bowling pick on Wednesday’s opening day, finished with an impressive analysis of 3-46 from 34.2 overs.
Then it was over to Lungley – but not before Kyle Hogg had set Lancashire on their way with the ball when he removed Jacques Rudolph with the very first ball of the home side’s first innings.
South African Rudolph slapped a Hogg short ball, which was perhaps a little bit too close to his body to cut, straight to the safe hands of Francois du Plessis at point.
And then the Derbyshire loan man claimed two wickets in his first two overs, including one with his first ball, to reduce the hosts to 35-3 in the 12th over.
Lungley was indebted to Steven Croft’s brilliant diving catch as he ran backwards from square-leg to dismiss Yorkshire captain Anthony McGrath, who had top edged a pull/hook. Lungley then squared in-form Andrew Gale up before completing a neat caught and bowled chance close to non-striker Joe Sayers.
“At one stage I thought ‘nah, he’s not going to get anywhere near that’,” said Lungley, of Croft’s effort. “But the wind held up a little bit, and he got there easy in the end. It was a good catch – I think I owe him a pint!”
Jonny Bairstow lobbed up an easy caught and bowled chance to Oliver Newby before Sayers, who survived two dropped catches on his way to 17, was Lungley’s third scalp when trapped lbw for 72-5 in the 24th.
Bresnan (46) and Gerard Brophy then shared an unbroken sixth wicket partnership of 59, but Lancashire are still on top going into today’s third day .
“Hopefully we can break the partnership between Bresnan and Brophy then get Rashid out. We will be into the tail then,” Lungley said. “It’s the type of wicket where you have to keep chipping away, and thankfully I have done that.”
[1st day report]
Photo: Simon Pendrigh
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Vaughn Ridley from SWPix.com took this amazing photo sequence of Steven Croft's brilliant catch to dismiss Anthony McGrath.