Adil Rashid and Gerard Brophy shared a record seventh wicket partnership in County Championship matches between Yorkshire and Lancashire today to put the Red Rose county under pressure going into tomorrow's fourth day at Headingley.
On a rain affected day three, the second one running, the Yorkshire pair added 168 to frustrate the visitors who had their hosts in bother at 144-6 early on the third day.
The hosts, in reply to Lancashire’s first innings effort of 276, closed on 386-7 after 129 overs. They lead by 110 runs. Rashid hit a career best 136 not out off 210 balls.
“We are going to have to bat really well to get through the day,” said locum captain Luke Sutton. “It will be a tough day, and there will be spin to deal with, but it is something we are more than capable of handling.”
The first wicket to fall today was that of Tim Bresnan, who had failed to add to his overnight score of 46 when he pulled an Oliver Newby short ball down the throat of Tom Lungley at deep backward square-leg in the third over of the day.
Both Brophy and Rashid survived dropped chances on their way beyond 50. Rashid was dropped by Laxman at second slip whilst on 13 off the bowling of Lungley. Shortly afterwards Brophy uppercut the same bowler towards Mark Chilton on the third-man boundary, but the day two centurion could not hold on as he tumbled to his left. Brophy was on 40.
They both reach their half centuries – Brophy reaching his off 151 balls, and Rashid off 98 – as they broke a record that has stood since 1927. Their stand beat the 164 shared between Ernest Tyldesley and Jack Iddon here.
Brophy, however, could not make it three figures because he was the second wicket of the day, caught behind by Sutton for 99 as he tried to cut left-arm spinner Gary Keedy.
But Rashid managed to get there just in the next over, the 104th of the innings, off 154 balls with nine fours. It was a career best for the 21 year-old leg-spinner, beating the 117 he got at Hampshire last week.
He became the first Yorkshire player to record a century and five wickets in the same match in consecutive fixtures. He claimed 5-97 in Lancashire’s first innings here, and took five at Basingstoke last week too.
To be fair to Lancashire’s bowlers they created a few chances, but it was their catching that let them down.
Aside from the two aforementioned drops, Derbyshire bowler Lungley, who later spilled a sharp caught and bowled chance with Brophy on 98, can also feel aggrieved that Rashid was not given out lbw off his very first ball at the crease by umpire Jeff Evans.
A frustrated Sutton added: “It was hard graft, it wasn’t going according to plan. We tried our hardest, created some chances, but we weren’t able to take them. It was a very, very tough day for us.
“It gets harder and harder if you don’t take your opportunities, bowlers get tired, the ball gets softer, and it becomes a struggle. It is disappointing. We have to give the Yorkshire batsmen some credit – Brophy and Rashid played very well.”
Graham Hardcastle reporting from Headingley