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Yorkshire v Lancashire (Day One): CLOSE

— 25 May 2014

Yorkshire recovered from an uncertain start to claim two key wickets on the opening day of the Roses match that was restricted to only 28 overs by rain at Headingley.

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    After winning the toss and deciding to bowl first, Yorkshire had to wait until 4.45pm before they bowled the first ball by showers, but restricted Lancashire to 87 for two in their first Roses championship meeting since 2011.

    Lancashire, who had earned just three batting points from their first five matches, got off to a flying start with Paul Horton and Luis Reece forging their first half-century partnership of the summer. It was also the first 50 stand for the opening wicket conceded by Yorkshire in the first innings this season.

    They were aided by Reece being dropped on 14 by Tim Bresnan, released by England from their one-day squad to play in the match, at third slip off Jack Brooks in the fourth over of the day.

    But that miss did not prove too costly with Reece unable to resist a short ball from Liam Plunkett that he hooked straight to Ryan Sidebottom at fine leg for 23.

    Sidebottom had been frustrated by several lbw appeals that were rejected during the early stages of the contest, but both his spirits – and those of the rest of the Yorkshire side – were lifted considerably when Bresnan returned to the attack from the Rugby Stand End to win an lbw appeal against Karl Brown in the penultimate over that gave them the momentum for the second morning.

    Yorkshire had made three changes from their last championship outing, when they beat Warwickshire by an innings at Headingley, with Alex Lees and Andrew Hodd returning to the side to replace Joe Root and Gary Ballance, who both played in England’s second one-day international defeat to Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street.

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