Lancashire enjoyed a second day of dominance in the Roses match at Liverpool, building a lead of 186 runs over Yorkshire
Paul Horton admitted his frustration at not recording his third Roses century, but said “it is not about personal milestones, it is about winning games of cricket for Lancashire”.
And that is what Horton looks likely to have gone a long way to doing, helped out by Mark Chilton, Steven Croft and Sri Lankan Farveez Maharoof as they built on Wednesday’s stunning bowling effort.
Day two at Liverpool was far from the one-sided affair that the first day was, with Yorkshire’s bowlers battling hard to restrict the hosts to a run-rate south of three an over as they tried desperately to make 141 look competitive.
But Lancashire can still lay claim to the honours having reached 327-8 from 113 overs at close, leading by 186.
Horton continued: “It is a slow wicket and the outfield isn’t as quick as it usually is, so we are happy with our progress.
“We will still have to work because Yorkshire aren’t going to roll over, they are a good side. But, if someone had offered us being 200 ahead at the end of two days, we would have taken that.”
There was also another milestone for captain Glen Chapple, whose first run late in the day ensured that he became only the fifth man to take 700 wickets and score 7,000 first-class runs for Lancashire.
He joins Barlow, Briggs, Watkinson and Simmons on an illustrious list.
Opener Horton’s 93 off 199 balls was his highest score in LV= County Championship cricket for 13 months, and he and Chilton added a patient 81 for the third wicket through the majority of the morning session.
Chilton and Croft, who scored 41, then shared an equally watchful 90 for the fourth wicket during the afternoon.
But Chilton also fell short of three figures when he edged Moin Ashraf to Adam Lyth at first slip for 77 off 174 balls early in the evening session.
It was the first of three wickets to fall for only four runs, with part-time off-spinner Joe Root bowling Croft and trapping Gareth Cross lbw for a golden duck to leave Lancs at 244-6 in the 91st over.
It made Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale’s decision to delay taking the new ball look a good one.
But overseas all-rounder Maharoof ensured further frustration for the visitors with a breezy 34 before chopping one on to his stumps from Ryan Sidebottom with the second new ball, taken 102 overs into the innings.
Chapple was also sent on his way by Sidebottom, trapped lbw with a full toss that he looked to lose sight of, bringing Jimmy Anderson and Luke Procter together ahead of tomorrow’s third day.
The Red Rose were able to make use of slightly easier batting conditions, although they had to combat some tight bowling from the majority of the visiting attack.
They only recorded their first batting point by reaching 200 in the 76th over of their innings, but patience in the opening half of the day was key.
Steve Patterson trapped Karl Brown lbw for 19 and leg-spinner Adil Rashid had Horton caught behind by Simon Guy as the White Rose only took a wicket in each of the first two sessions.
Horton, who has played his club cricket just down the road at Sefton Park ever since moving to Merseyside as a youngster, added to a stellar record in matches against the old enemy.
He has an average of 69.9 from eleven innings, including two centuries and four fifties.
He continued: “I am disappointed that I didn’t get a big score because if I get past 60 or so, I should be making big hundreds. This is just as much a disappointment as if I’d got out early doors.
“I haven’t played particularly well here, but Liverpool is my adopted city. I had family and friends watching here, and I enjoy playing in Roses matches.”
Maharoof was quickly into his stride to help the hosts recover from the mini post tea collapse, sweeping Root and clipping Ashraf through mid-wicket for boundaries in quick succession.
He helped to increase the scoring rate in alliance with Procter, who will resume 23 not out in the morning.
Chilton, who is targeting at least a 200-run lead, added: “We are quite pleased where we are. It is fairly attritional cricket out there. It is a slow pitch, and you have to be patient. I thought Yorkshire stuck at it quite well. It was a tough day, but we will take it.”
Day 1 Report
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