Lancashire v Yorkshire: Day 2 (Close)— 1 September 2014
Adam Lyth’s fifth century of the season in the LV= County Championship kept Yorkshire on course for the title during another dominant day against Roses rivals Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.
The left-handed opener, who also celebrated passing 6,000 career first-class runs during his innings, helped the White Rose respond strongly to Lancashire’s below-par total of 278 with 396-5 from 115 overs, a lead of 118.
He finished the day unbeaten on 182 off 318 balls with 17 fours and a six.
Starting the day on 61-1, Yorkshire lost only one wicket in the morning, three in the afternoon and one in the evening to close.
Lyth shared healthy partnerships with four of his partners, Alex Lees, Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid, to leave the Red Rose county a long way off the pace in this contest. Rashid finished unbeaten on 44.
Lyth completed a first-wicket stand of 72 inside 26 overs with Lees, who made 40, he shared 77 inside 30 for the second with New Zealander Williamson, who added 46, and 103 inside 19 with Bairstow for the fourth through the majority of the afternoon.
Bairstow made 60 off 64 balls, and his innings was key in snuffing out the possibility of a Lancashire recovery after the two quick wickets of Williamson and Andrew Gale, leaving the score at 163-3 in the 61st over.
Left-arm spinner Stephen Parry took both of them within the space of seven overs, but Bairstow counter-attacked as Lyth continued his measured innings to avert any possible danger.
After Parry had Williamson stumped with a legside delivery and then had Gale caught at mid-wicket pulling, Bairstow hit Parry for six over long-on and reached his fifty off 53 balls with seven fours included.
Lyth, who had this morning lost Lees lbw to Tom Bailey, reached his hundred off 213 balls with eleven fours, although he did offer a very tough low chance to Paul Horton at slip on 57 off Parry’s bowling.
Bairstow fell shortly before tea when he was bowled by Steven Croft’s off-spinners, leaving the score at 266-4 in the 80th over.
Simon Kerrigan trapped Jack Leaning lbw shortly after tea with 281 on the board, but that only sparked further frustration for the hosts as Lyth, who reached 150 off 276 balls with a pulled six off Bailey, took the game out of Lancashire’s sight
He and Rashid, aggressive like Bairstow, shared an unbroken sixth-wicket 115 inside 29 overs through to close as Yorkshire claimed four batting points.
Adam Lyth’s fifth Championship century of the season has put Yorkshire in the driving seat at tea on day two against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.
Yorkshire have lost three wickets since lunch on the way to 273-4 in reply to 278.
Kane Williamson was stumped off left-arm spinner Stephen Parry, Andrew Gale caught at mid-wicket off the same man and Jonny Bairstow bowled by Steven Croft.
Bairstow made 60 off 64 balls with eight fours and a six as he shared 103 inside 19 overs with Lyth for the fourth wicket to advance the score from 163-3 in the 61st.
Lyth, who offered a tough chance to Paul Horton at slip off Parry on 57, reached his ton off 213 balls with eleven fours, and he is unbeaten on 111.
Yorkshire have continued their excellent start to the Roses match against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford by reaching lunch on day two at 141-1 from 50 overs.
In reply to 278, opener Alex Lees was the only wicket to fall in the morning, trapped lbw by Tom Bailey for 40, as the visitors fell to 72-1 in the 26th over.
Adam Lyth has since reached 50 off 121 balls with five fours, and he will resume this afternoon on 54 not out. He has shared 69 unbroken for the second wicket with Kane Williamson (42 not out), and Yorkshire are 137 behind.