The Roses match ended in a draw at Headingley Carnegie when rain prevented any play on the fourth and final day of the LV County Championship encounter – Yorkshire taking five points out of the game to their opponents’ eight.
Umpires Barry Dudleston and Nigel Cowley brought about the abandonment when there had been no improvement in conditions by four o’clock. Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire head the First Division table with the same number of points – but Nottinghamshire are top by virtue of having won more matches.
DAY 3: A fighting 65 from Adil Rashid helped Yorkshire to recover from 55-5 to 199-8 by the close of Day 3 of their LV County Championship Roses match at Headingley Carnegie – but they still need 68 runs to save the follow-on.
Villain of the piece was all-rounder Tom Smith, above - who followed his maiden Championship century with figures of 4-46 after Lancashire had declared their first innings on 416-9.
Lancashire began the day on 272-5, and there was an action-packed start with Luke Sutton hitting the first ball from Steven Patterson for four and falling lbw to the next for 20.This brought Yorkshire’s second bowling point, and they were eager to pick up a third while Lancashire had their sights on 350 in the 110 overs and four batting points.
Lancashire skipper Glen Chapple should have been out at 283 - he was tempted into hooking a Patterson bouncer, but Oliver Hannon-Dalby misjudged the catch at long-leg and put it down. Smith reached his half-century off 90 balls with six fours, but Yorkshire struck again when Adil Rashid was brought on and lured Chapple down the pitch to be smartly stumped by Jonny Bairstow for 29, leaving Lancashire on 324-7 in the 107th over.
Sajid Mahmood was lbw to Shahzad in the 110th over to make it 337-8, and Kyle Hogg blocked out the rest of the over to leave Lancashire with three bonus points and Yorkshire two. The Lancashire innings was far from over, as Smith and Hogg built up a substantial ninth-wicket partnership against Rashid and Joe Sayers – who came on to make sure that Yorkshire got ahead on the over rate.
The pair were still together as Lancashire passed 400, and after being on 99 for quite a while Smith was fed a full toss by Sayers which he despatched for four to go to his maiden Championship century off 158 balls with 10 boundaries. Hogg was stumped by Bairstow off Rashid on the stroke of lunch for 37 to end the ninth-wicket stand of 79, and at 416-9 it had been Lancashire’s morning. Their closure was announced during the interval.
Yorkshire endured a nightmare afternoon during which they slumped to 79-5 and faced the danger of having to follow-on. It all began with the second ball of their innings from Glen Chapple which Adam Lyth edged into his leg-stump - so ending his brief chance of making the 147 he required to complete 1,000 First Class runs before the end of May.
The Lancashire captain pinned Anthony McGrath lbw in his next over, and after Jacques Rudolph had plundered five boundaries in his first 21 runs Joe Sayers was lbw to the unstoppable Smith. Chapple had to leave the field for treatment with figures of 6-3-6-2, but Yorkshire’s situation became even more grim.
Andrew Gale, dropped by Sutton on three, was caught by Ashwell Prince at second slip for nine off Smith…and it became 55-5 as Smith moved one away from Rudolph just enough to find the edge and have him caught behind. It took Bairstow 23 deliveries to get off the mark with a boundary – but Rashid refused to be tied down, and he had 20 by the tea interval.
Bairstow and Rashid adopted a bold approach after tea, and runs came swiftly - Bairstow twice sweeping Simon Kerrigan for fours in one over. Soon afterwards he on-drove the left-arm spinner for six – but in attempting another big blow off the next ball he was caught at the second attempt by Smith at long-off.
There were further quick runs from Rashid and Shahzad – with Rashid lacing his season’s-best 65 with nine boundaries before he was lbw to Smith. Tino Best soon hit a couple of fours, but was then caught at deep mid-off attacking Kerrigan’s spin. Shahzad survived until the close when he stood on 38, with Patterson still to get off the mark.
Live Pictures From Headingley Carnegie: VAUGHN RIDLEY
DAY 2: Paceman Oliver Hannon-Dalby drew first blood – but leg-spinner Adil Rashid claimed two wickets and held on to a couple of catches.
The young paceman had Paul Horton caught at third slip to end an opening stand of 52 with Stephen Moore, who was still there with 42 at the interval, when Lancashire were 99-1.
Ajmal Shahzad, who had been released by England, came back into the Yorkshire line-up at the expense of Richard Pyrah, and he shared the new ball with Best on a cool and breezy morning - the first day of the match having been lost to persistent rain.
Best worked up quite a pace, but the Lancashire openers were severe on loose deliveries, particularly Moore who had five boundaries in his first 21 runs. Hannon-Dalby replaced Best at the Kirkstall Lane end – and he unexpectedly made the breakthrough with a good ball which found the edge of Horton’s bat for Rashid to hold on to a neat catch at third-slip.
Rashid was introduced into the attack, but Ashley Prince quickly settled in, and the runs came mainly off the seamers. Rashid had bowled 10 overs for 18 runs by the interval, when Prince had four fours in his 32 and Moore six boundaries in his 42.
Only five runs had been added after lunch when Shahzad struck in spectacular fashion – he spreadeagled Moore’s stumps for 43 after he had added 51 for the second wicket with Prince. Unfortunately from Yorkshire’s point of view, the dismissal did little to disrupt Lancashire’s progress as Mark Chilton joined Prince in another fruitful partnership.
Prince completed his half-century off 100 balls with six fours before Chilton moved into the 40s by cover-driving Best for four. Prince used his feet well to strike Rashid over the inner field to the rope. The third-wicket stand had progressed to 81 when Chilton, on 42, edged Rashid and Rudolph flung out a right hand to grasp an excellent catch at slip.
Lancashire 185-3. Stephen Croft joined Prince, who had reached 74 by tea when Lancashire were still handily placed on 192-3.
Yorkshire hit back soon after tea with two wickets: Prince, surprised by Steven Patterson’s pace off the pitch, gave an easy catch to Rashid at short extra-cover and was out for a fluent 78 from 136 balls with nine fours. It became 225-5 as Stephen Croft planted a full toss from Rashid down Gale’s throat at mid-off.
The introduction of Sayers made it spin at both ends for a while as Yorkshire gave a boost to their over rate, but the new ball was taken at 261-5 in 89 overs. Neither Shahzad nor Hannon-Dalby was able to cause too many problems for Smith and Luke Sutton, who had put on 47 by the close, when Smith was 46 and Sutton 16.
DAY 1: Persistent rain ruled out the chance of any play on Day 1 of the 250th Championship Roses match at Headingley Carnegie today. It left both sides eager to try to obtain a positive result over the remaining three days to strengthen their title chances.
Yorkshire top the LV Championship table with two points more than Nottinghamshire, who have two games in hand, while Lancashire - the only unbeaten side in the competition - are in third place, nine points behind their White Rose rivals but with a game in hand.
Although the weather never relented the Club still hosted their Yorkshire Regiment Help for Heroes Day. There was music from the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band and at a special ceremony Regimental Medals were presented to 15 soldiers for service in Afghanistan.
Yorkshire CCC Southern Group presented their Neil Lloyd Young Cricketer of the Year Award to wicket-keeper/batsman Jonathan Bairstow, who made 592 Championship runs with six half-centuries during his debut season last year. The award includes a cheque for £250 and a silver salver. Southern Group was formed in 1980 to promote and support Yorkshire CCC and provide assistance for the development of young Yorkshire cricketers.
DAY 1 TICKETS: Anyone purchasing tickets for Day 1 may use them at any other Yorkshire CCC fixture this season other than the Lancashire twenty20 match.
YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE SQUAD
Joe Sayers, Adam Lyth, Anthony McGrath, Jacques Rudolph (Capt), Andrew Gale, Jonathan Bairstow, Adil Rashid, Richard Pyrah, Tino Best, Steve Patterson, Ajmal Shahzad, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, David Wainwright.