Yorkshire finish the day with a County Championship tie against the Roses.

Yorkshire finish the day with a County Championship tie against the Roses.

Yorkshire finish the day with a County Championship tie against the Roses.
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Yorkshire thwarted Lancashire’s effort for a first Roses County Championship victory at Headingly since 2011. James Anderson bowled England teammate Joe Root for four runs, but Yorkshire hung on to defeat Lancashire.

Yorkshire then began their second innings at 11:50 BST on day four, behind by 187 runs with 85 overs remaining.

As the score plummeted to 45-3, Adam Lyth, David Malan, and Root all fell inside the first 22 minutes, the latter two to Anderson. However, Harry Brook’s outstanding summer continued with an unbeaten 82 from 157 balls, which helped Yorkshire reach 169-6 from 78 overs and secure a draw.

On his way to 2-17 from 15 overs, Anderson ripped Root’s middle and off stumps with a low-pitched delivery soon after noon.

Both teams wore black armbands and held a minute’s reflection before the game in honor of Andrew Symonds, a former Lancashire all-rounder who died in Australia overnight.

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The Red Rose were the dominant force in a match that ended with both teams maintaining their undefeated Division One records: the visitors with two victories and three draws, and the hosts with one victory and four draws.

Lancashire will feel it was wrong that their 13 points were just one more than Yorkshire’s after scoring 566-9 in the first innings and forcing their opponents to follow on.

The hitters held sway until day four, when slow turn was available, as they had done so often this season.

Lancashire’s Keaton Jennings struck 238 – his county’s highest individual score in Roses cricket – while Root’s first-innings 147 was his first century in this renowned old match.

Yorkshire’s survival was not surprising, given the calm character of the pitch and Matt Parkinson’s assessment after day three that Lancashire had done well to take six wickets during that day’s play. However, it was a far closer call than they had hoped for.

In the first 8.5 overs of play, the host side’s first innings was dismissed for 379, with Luke Wood catching Steve Patterson in the gully fending at a short ball and Parkinson bowling last man Haris Rauf.

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Leg-spinner extraordinaire From 38.5 overs, Parkinson finished with 4-90. He later returned from 27 more with 2-53.

Yorkshire fears were heightened when Tom Bailey struck with the new ball.

Anderson, on the other hand, wowed with four maidens in a six-over opening burst.

Anderson was then rewarded shortly after lunch as he first had Malan (23) caught behind driving forwards five balls into the session, taking the score to 39-2 in the 18th over, then Root was bowled clean.

Even in the first innings, the two England greats fought tooth and nail, perhaps heightened by Anderson’s unhappiness at being left out of Root’s Test squad in the Caribbean in March.

seamstress, left arm As Yorkshire slumped to 86-4 with 46.2 overs remaining, Wood had opener George Hill caught behind for 26, but just before tea, Anderson dropped Brook on the dive at square leg on 30. It was a pivotal moment.

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Test hopeful for England Brook has batted with a lot of confidence this season, scoring 750 runs in just eight innings. This innings was a little different.

A seventh score of at least 50 this summer, accomplished off 90 balls after tea, required true effort.

Shortly after, Luke Wells beautifully caught Harry Duke at slip off Parkinson. With 15.1 overs remaining, Yorkshire were reduced to 147-6 when Dom Bess was caught at short leg by the same bowler.

Due to the decreasing light, Lancashire had no choice but to use Wells and Parkinson’s double leg-spin. And Brook and company were able to keep their ground, shaking hands seven overs in.

 

 

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