Day three saw blue skies and a pleasant temperature. Ed Barnes opened the bowling from the Statham end and removed Brown first ball of the day, uprooting his off stump. Following the completion of the second over, play was halted for 10 minutes as we had to evacuate the building due to a fire alarm – thankfully it was a false alarm.

On resumption the total progressed to 109 before Karl Carver had Lamb caught at cover for 29 from 34 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes.

17 year old Dominic Leech joined the attack and in his third over dismissed Guest for nought. This produced a further three wickets in the space of 8 overs but at lunch Lancashire had reached 159-6, a lead of 211. Karl Carver had 3-13 from 13 overs.

Shortly after lunch Jones reached his century from 134 balls with 15 fours and a six and this produced the 3rd declaration of the game leaving Yorkshire 250 to win. The game was a “time” game therefore a minimum number of overs wasn’t applicable but, of course, there was still the last hour of a minimum of 16 overs.

Jonny Tattersall and Tom Kohler-Cadmore opened and had added 41 before the latter was caught behind for 20 from 26. Azeem Rafiq came in at three and helped add 64 for the second wicket before, on the stroke of tea, he was caught at deep backward square leg for 49 from 50 balls with 9 fours. Tattersall was 33 not out from 65 balls with 4 fours and shortly after tea he reached 50 from 83 balls with a further 4 fours.

At this point we were 137-2. Matthew Waite, who with Tattersall added 66 for the 3rd wicket was lbw, when the ball appeared to keep a little low. However this soon became 171-4 as Jordan Thompson was bowled first ball.

The last hour was signalled and Yorkshire required 72 with six wickets remaining. The departure of Ben Birkhead (bowled for 11 from 26) brought George Hill to the wicket and he and Tattersall added a further 25 when the latter was caught at deep mid wicket for 78 from 123 balls with 9 fours. We now required 36 from just over 5 overs.

Ed Barnes made 14 from 9 balls before being bowled, which brought Karl Carver to the middle and he made 10 not out from six balls as Yorkshire reached their target for the loss of seven wickets with seven balls to spare. George Hill finished 31 not out from 43 balls with a four and a six.

John Virr

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