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Yorkshire v Lancashire (Day Three): CLOSE

— 27 May 2014

Tim Bresnan re-ignited Yorkshire’s hopes of claiming an amazing victory in the Roses match by grabbing three early wickets on an absorbing third day at Headingley.

  • Scorecard

    Having been dismissed for 243 to concede an 82-runs first innings deficit, Yorkshire appeared out of the contest only for England all-rounder Bresnan to claim three wickets, including two in the same over, to leave Lancashire struggling on 31 for three, leading by just 113 runs.

    When bad light halted play with 17 overs remaining, Lancashire had recovered to reach 48 for three, earning them a 130-run lead, but Yorkshire will remain hopeful of putting them under pressure on the final day, providing forecasts of bad weather do not materialise.

    Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale had been a key figure in ensuring Lancashire did not take greater control of the match, scoring an unbeaten 95 after his side resumed the third morning trailing by 296 runs on 29 without loss.

    Having come through the first half hour’s play unscathed in bright sunshine, Lancashire began to make inroads with seven wickets falling in the afternoon session.

    But Yorkshire’s predicament could have been even worse had Gale, who hit 13 fours during his innings, not been recalled by the umpires on 25 after being initially given out for a catch behind down the leg-side off Glen Chapple.

    As Gale walked off, umpire Peter Willey consulted with Ian Gould, his colleague at square leg, and recalled him but it did not prevent Yorkshire losing seven wickets in the afternoon session, with all-rounder Tom Smith finishing with five for 49.

    Yorkshire lost five wickets in 16 overs at one stage when Ryan Sidebottom, unable to bowl after lunch yesterday after suffering a left hamstring twinge, joined Gale at the crease.

    Sidebottom denied Lancashire for 40 minutes, adding 38 precious runs for the ninth wicket with Gale, before clipping Simon Kerrigan to mid-wicket and Chapple ended the innings by taking a return catch to dismiss Jack Brooks.

    Bresnan immediately brought the momentum back in Yorkshire’s direction, having opener Paul Horton caught at second slip by Adam Lyth and then winning an lbw appeal against Karl Brown four balls later.

    Luis Reece fell in identical fashion six overs later to leave Lancashire in trouble, but Steven Croft and Tom Smith survived the next six overs before umpires Peter Willey and Ian Gould called a halt for bad light.

  • TEA

    Andrew Gale took advantage of a surprise recall after being given out to help prevent Lancashire taking even greater control of the Roses match on the third day at Headingley.

    The Yorkshire captain finished unbeaten on 95 as Yorkshire, who resumed on 29 without loss, were dismissed for 243 to concede an 82-run first innings lead to their fiercest rivals.

    But Yorkshire’s predicament could have been even worse had Gale, who hit 13 fours during his innings, not been recalled by the umpires on 25 after being initially given out for a catch behind down the leg-side off Glen Chapple.

    As Gale walked off, umpire Peter Willey consulted with Ian Gould, his colleague at square leg, and recalled him but it did not prevent Yorkshire losing seven wickets in the afternoon session, with all-rounder Tom Smith finishing with five for 49.

    Yorkshire left five wickets in 16 overs at one stage when Ryan Sidebottom, unable to bowl after lunch yesterday after suffering a left hamstring twinge, joined Gale at the crease.

    Sidebottom denied Lancashire for 40 minutes, adding 38 precious runs for the ninth wicket with Gale, before clipping Simon Kerrigan to mid-wicket and Chapple ended the innings by taking a return catch to dismiss Jack Brooks.

  • LUNCH

    Yorkshire battled to prevent Lancashire taking a stranglehold after an unexpected third morning’s play of the Roses match at Headingley.

    Despite gloomy weather forecasts, play started on time in bright sunshine and Yorkshire resumed on 29 without loss trailing Lancashire by 296 runs and enjoyed a 66-run opening stand between Adam Lyth and Alex Lees.

    But a spell of three for 12 in 16 balls from all-rounder Tom Smith reduced Yorkshire to 97 for three, until captain Andrew Gale and Jonny Bairstow guided them to lunch on 127 for three without further loss.

    Lees was the first to fall, tempted into driving off the front foot after Smith came around the wicket and edged behind and Kane Wiliamson fell in his next over, edging to Steven Croft at second slip.

    Lyth had looked comfortable, reaching his fifth half-century of the season, but fell to the next ball when he attempted to force Smith off the back foot and was caught low by Luis Reece at third slip.

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