Yorkshire v Lancashire 2nd XI Day Two:— 30 April 2014
A hazier day greeted everyone at Headingley for the second day of his Roses friendly.
Jonathan Tattersall completed a very sound knock of 41 after Jordan Clark had twisted in mid-air to claim the catch at 3rd slip.
But the star event of the day was a seventh wicket stand of 124 between Jack Leaning (60) and Oliver Robinson (78). They came together with Yorkshire still 82 runs adrift of their opponents and when they were finally parted two hours later, they had put their side into a 42 run lead, eventually extended to 51.
The two players approached the task of rescue in different ways. Leaning had to withstand blows to the body and a moving ball during his stay of 236 minutes, whereas Robinson hit out with seven boundaries and two maximums to notch 78 in just two hours. Whatever the differences, they were two splendid efforts and each richly deserved a century.
Once they were parted, the innings folded quickly and Lancashire began their second innings 51 runs behind. Tim Bresnan then showed the rest of the home attack how to bowl in such helpful conditions and his figures of 6-3-8-2 showed where the other bowlers need to get to if they are to follow him into the England side one day.
By the time the scores were level, Lancashire had lost three wickets and a fourth scalp had been claimed by the time bad light forced the players off for the day with 19 overs remaining.
So the final day tomorrow will see Lancashire resume just 26 runs ahead with only six second innings wickets remaining. If the 1st XI are going to be on tenterhooks at Lords, the 2nd XI will also move heaven and earth to defeat their trans-pennine rivals, providing the weather allows a full day`s play.