Harry Duke

“It was an incredible feeling walking off with 50 to my name in a Roses match. I would have probably wanted a few more for the side, but I’ll take it for my first knock against Lancashire.
“The lads aren’t happy with what’s happened. But we spoke about it being a good effort to get up to 159. Ben Coad played brilliantly and so did Steve Patterson. And then we said, ‘Just forget the scoreboard and bowl how we know we can’.
“With the forecast how it is and the attack we’ve got, I don’t see any reason why we can’t get a couple of early wickets tomorrow. Then you never know from there.”

6.33pm – Close By no means the day Yorkshire were after to start this Roses fixture. Harry Duke’s 52 was the standout in 159, with Lancashire responding from 95-1 from 32 overs.

6.16pm If Yorkshire can get Lancashire 110-3 at close – they are currently 91-1 with six overs left – it would at least give them something to work with in the morning.

5.44pm WICKET Davies caught behind down leg off Olivier for 52. Lancashire 71-1 in the 19th.

5.41pm Davies has reached his fifty off 53 balls. Lancashire 70-0 in the 18th, trailing by 89.

5.27pm Yorkshire need two or three wickets very quickly here. Lancashire are off to a very solid start at 60-0 in the 15th over and trail only 99. Davies has 47 of them.

4.42pm 31 overs to bowl tonight, and Lancashire have reached 7-0 in the fifth of them. Coad and Thompson have taken the new ball.

Tea Report Harry Duke posted a maiden first-team fifty in his second game as Yorkshire, 40-7 before lunch on day against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford, recovered to 159 all out at tea.

Duke’s 120-ball 52 was the feature of a batting performance Yorkshire would otherwise like to forget.

Either side of lunch, he shared 77 for the eighth wicket with captain Steve Patterson, whose watchful 27 sprung to life late on when he carved Luke Wood over cover for six and smashed him down the ground for four.

They batted through the first half of the afternoon and looked in little trouble before falling in successive overs to Matthew Parkinson and Tom Bailey, leaving the score at 121-9 in the 53rd over.

Duke confidently resisted against a Red Rose attack who were superb before lunch and dropped off afterwards. One cover driven four before lunch off Wood was particularly memorable.

The 19-year-old from Wakefield reached his fifty off 110 balls as he turned Parkinson’s leg-spin around the corner, only to be dropped at leg slip.

Lancashire have dropped a handful of catches in the opening two sessions. But for that, Duke and an entertaining 10th-wicket stand of 38 between Ben Coad and Duanne Olivier, things could have been a whole lot worse for Yorkshire.

Coad finished with 32 not out, but he has an even bigger job to do with the ball after Olivier was superbly caught at slip by Luke Wells off Danny Lamb to wrap up the innings inside 65 overs.

Lancashire’s new ball seamer Bailey showed the way with figures of 3-6 from 14 overs.

4.08pm – Tea Olivier gone! He’s been superbly caught at slip by a diving Wells off Lamb, 10. Yorkshire 159 all out, Coad 32*.

4.07pm Coad and Olivier have taken the score to 159-9 after 64 overs, sharing 38 for the 10th wicket. Coad 32 and Olivier 10. That means a delayed tea.

3.57pm Yorkshire will be mighty frustrated with today’s batting performance, but they can take heart from recovering from 40-7 to 150-9. Coad 24 and Olivier 9.

3.27pm WICKET Duke caught behind down leg pulling at Bailey for well made 52. 121-9 in the 53rd over.

3.22pm WICKET Patterson has been bowled by Parkinson for 27. 117-8, ending a 77 stand with Duke, who is 52.

3.19pm SIX! Patterson steps away and carves Wood over cover. Fabulous shot. And again, but this time he smites him through mid-on for four. Patterson has 27, and it’s 116-7 in the 51st.

3.07pm 110-ball fifty for Duke with 6×4s. Turned Parkinson around the corner and was dropped at leg slip to bring up his 50th run. Excellent knock in his second first-class match. Yorkshire 100-7 in the 48th. Patterson 12.

2.53pm Excellent from Duke and Patterson, who have shared 50 unbroken. Duke 45 and Patterson 9. 90-7 in the 45th over. Plenty more work to do, but it’s a start.

2.36pm Duke and Patterson have doubled Yorkshire’s score with a 40-run stand. 80-7 after 40. Duke 35 and Patterson 9.

2.25pm Parkinson has just bowled his first over of spin for Lancashire. Yorkshire 71-7 after 36 overs.

Fair few Yorkshire fans in today. Can spot a couple of White Rose flags dangling from balconies of the in-ground hotel.

2.14pm Patterson riding plenty of short stuff from Mahmood at present. Hit on the helmet once and plenty of fending at short balls since. He has eight of 70-7 after 37. Duke 27.

1.57pm Duke has played really nicely so far. Clearly a horrible situation to find yourself in second game, but he’s stood up and dealt with an on-song attack very well so far. A cover driven boundary off Wood just before lunch was particularly memorable. He has 24 out of 61-7.

1.43pm Couple of runs off the first over of the afternoon. A Mahmood no ball to Patterson. Yorkshire 59-7 after 28. Patterson yet to get off the mark, and Duke has 24. Bailey back into the attack for Lancashire.

Lunch Report Yorkshire have endured a nightmare start to the Roses clash at Emirates Old Trafford, reaching lunch on day one at 57-7 from 27 overs.

The meeting of the unbeaten top two sides in the LV= Insurance County Championship’s Group Three is going Lancashire’s way after an impressive bowling display with the new ball.

Having won the toss, the White Rose were put under the cosh on a pitch which does not suggest seven down for not many.

Yorkshire, who are having to do without Gary Ballance following a late failed fitness test on a calf injury suffered in training, actually fell to 21-6 in the 18th over.

Tom Bailey led the way with two wickets in a seven-over new ball spell.

Adam Lyth was first to go, caught in the gully off Bailey – 4-1 in the fifth over – before Saqib Mahmood had Will Fraine caught behind for a duck with a beauty as the score fell to 9-2 after eight.

Harry Brook was run out for a duck (9-3 in the 11th) after being called through by Tom Kohler-Cadmore. Alex Davies from cover combined with wicketkeeper Dane Vilas at the striker’s end.

Later in the same over, George Hill edged Bailey to second slip for two – 11-4.

Unfortunately, Yorkshire’s issues continued to mount.

Dom Bess was sharply caught in the gully for three by Danny Lamb as he attempted to cut left-arm seamer Luke Wood, leaving Yorkshire 21-5 in the 17th.

And without further addition, in the 18th, Kohler-Cadmore was trapped lbw for 10 by Lamb.

Unbeaten Harry Duke and Jordan Thompson (10) shared 19 in a brief period of calm, only for Wood to get the latter caught at short-leg as he fended a short ball, leaving Yorkshire 40-7 in the 25th.

Duke, who has hit five boundaries off Wood, will begin the afternoon on 24. Captain Steve Patterson is yet to get off the mark.

1.01pm – Lunch. A morning to forget for Yorkshire, who are 57-7 after 27 overs. Duke has 24 of them. Patterson yet to get off the mark.

12.53pm WICKET Thompson has been caught at short-leg for 10, fending accurate short ball from Wood. Yorkshire 40-7 in the 25th.

12.25pm Two boundaries in the 19th over for Duke off Wood, the second nicely steered through gully. He has 9 of 31-6.

12.17pm WICKET Kohler-Cadmore is the latest to go. Lbw to Lamb. Huge recovery job needed now. 10. 21-6 in the 18th.

12.12pm WICKET Bess is victim to a fine catch in the gully by Lamb after cutting at Wood. Gone for 3. Yorkshire. are 21-5 in the 17th.

12.05pm Kohler-Cadmore dropped on eight by Wells at first slip off Wood. Gets a single. 19-4 in the 15th.

12.01pm Double change for Lancashire as Lamb and Wood enter the attack for Mahmood and Bailey. Kohler-Cadmore and Bess trying to get Yorkshire into clearer waters. 18-4 in the 15th over.

11.49am WICKET Oh no. This is a nightmare start for Yorkshire. Hill is caught at second slip by Livingstone off Bailey for 2. 11-4 after 11.

11.45am WICKET Brook run out by Davies from cover, who throws to Vilas at striker’s end. Kohler-Cadmore played the shot, but Brook hesitated, 0. Yorkshire 9-3.

11.34am Fraine gone! He’s been caught behind off Mahmood for 0. Yorkshire 9-2 after eight.

11.18am WICKET Lyth caught above his head by Lamb at gully off Bailey, 4. Yorkshire 4-1 in the fifth.

11.15am Life for Kohler-Cadmore on nought as he is put down by Livingstone at second slip off Mahmood – low catch. 4-0 in the fourth. Hopefully that’s the bit of luck he needs.

11.05am Kohler-Cadmore facing Mahmood in the second over. These two are big mates from their days together with the England Lions.

10.59am A Bailey dot to Lyth has got us underway, with an lbw appeal second ball.

10.38am Teams…..

Lancashire: Davies, Jennings, Wells, Bohannon, Vilas c&w, Livingstone, Lamb, Wood, Bailey, Mahmood, Parkinson.

Yorkshire: Lyth, Kohler-Cadmore, Fraine, Brook, Hill, Bess, Duke w, Thompson, Patterson c, Coad, Olivier.

10.36am Six out of seven tosses won by Steve Patterson this season.

10.35am Toss. Yorkshire have won it and will bat first. Gary Ballance is a late omission with a calf injury, sustained in training.

9.30am Elsewhere around the circuit this week…..

Durham v Essex, Riverside
Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire, Edgbaston
Worcestershire v Derbyshire, New Road
Leicestershire v Middlesex, Grace Road
Surrey v Gloucestershire, Oval
Sussex v Northamptonshire, Hove

9.27am Just looking through a few stats. Steve Patterson has won five out of six tosses so far in the Championship this season. Fingers crossed that run continues.

Good morning from Emirates Old Trafford.

It is an overcast but dry morning in Manchester, where we are all set for a start on time for our latest Championship match agains Group Three leaders Lancashire.

This is a meeting of the top two sides in the group. Both are unbeaten with three wins and three draws and are separated by only three points.

Lancashire are expecting a crowd of between 2-2,500 today, their first crowd at this ground in more than 600 days.

It is a televised fixture live on Sky and one we’ve all been looking forward to from the moment the fixtures came out. The form of the two teams only adds to that.

George Hill is set for his first appearance of the season having come into the squad in place of Joe Root. Whilst he played in the Bob Willis Trophy last year, this would technically be his Championship debut

Lancashire’s Alex Davies has stoked the fire by saying “Yorkshire aren’t the side they used to be.” The Roses banter in full swing, hey. All good fun.

There will be a live stream available as well as the option to watch on Sky. Enjoy the day. For those of you coming over to Old Trafford, it’s great to have you back. For the rest of you, see you next week!

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