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Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale

“We’re absolutely gutted to lose the game. It’s gone down to the wire, and we thought we could come away with a draw.
“After day one, I thought we showed a lot of character. Although they got a big score, they didn’t get them in a hurry. We kept them under 2.7 an over, which took time out of the game.
“Then, with the batting, to take it down to the wire, we’re disappointed.
“What is most gutting, though, is the way we batted on the first day (21-6 and 159 all out). It’s a pretty decent pitch which got better as the game went on.
“At 20-6, the game’s lost in the first hour. There’s no hiding behind that.
“I’m as disappointed as the lads, and I feel sorry for some of members who travelled over for a Roses game the first time they are allowed back in the ground. It’s also live on Sky, and we can only apologise for the way we went about things on that first day.”

5.41pm WICKET Bess caught at slip off Parkinson. Yorkshire lose by an innings at 271 all out with 6.4 overs remaining.

5.36pm WICKET Coad caught behind off Mahmood. 271-9 with 7.3 overs left.

5.28pm WICKET Thompson caught behind off Mahmood. 271-8 with 9.1 overs remaining.

5.23pm 10 overs remaining. Still three wickets in tact. 270-7. Bess 45 and Thompson 14.

5.07pm 16 overs remain. Seven wickets down. 254-7. Forget the score, realistically. Bess and Thompson there on 40 and 7.

4.48pm WICKET Duke gone! Shoulders arms to Wood and is bowled for 29. 238-7 after 121 overs. 22 overs left.

4.31pm Yes lads. 53 partnership between Bess and Duke (30 and 29) respectively. 233-6 with best part of 26 overs remaining.

4.20pm Are the Yorkshire fans starting to believe? If not, they should be. 228-6 with a little under 28 overs remaining. Lancashire may get a couple more overs in, but only that. Bess 30 and Duke 25. 49 partnership.

4.01pm We’re up and running after tea. Yorkshire 208-6 with a minimum of 32 overs remaining. Mahmood to Bess. Duke for company.

Tea Report Yorkshire are still fighting hard to preserve their unbeaten start to 2021, with Lancashire needing four wickets in the final session at Emirates Old Trafford.

The White Rose have lost two wickets during the afternoon in reaching tea at 208-6 in 111 overs. There are a minimum of 32 remaining.

Harry Brook and George Hill completed a fifth-wicket stand of 59 in 27 overs, but both fell.

Hill was bowled for 18 during the second over of the session by Tom Bailey, who had only just taken the new ball.

Brook, for 52 off 116 balls, was later trapped lbw by Matthew Parkinson’s leg spin. At that stage, Yorkshire were 180-6 with a minimum of 50 overs remaining.

Five overs later, Dom Bess was dropped at slip by Liam Livingstone off Parkinson on 17. That would have been 186-7 and could yet prove to be a key moment.

Instead, Bess has reached tea on 25 not out with Harry Duke on nine.

3.41pm – Tea Yorkshire must bat for at least 32 more overs with four wickets in hand to secure the draw. Impressive battling so far. 207-6 from 111 overs. Bess 24 and Duke 9.

3.28pm Duke off the mark after 50 minutes at the crease – 39 balls. 197-6 with almost 37 overs remaining. Bess 23.

3.04pm Amusing moment in the press box. Yorkshire Post’s correspondent Chris Waters, who is a massive Lincoln fan, cheers their opening goal after 40 seconds in the play-off final against Blackpool as an lbw appeal goes up at exactly same time. We all thought he’d turned into a Lancashire fan and a wicket had fallen.

Thankfully not. Yorkshire 186-6. 43 overs remain.

3.01pm Life for Bess on 17 as he’s dropped by Livingstone at slip off Parkinson. 186-6 and best part of 45 overs remain.

2.39pm WICKET Oh no. Brook trapped lbw by Parkinson, pad and then bat – looked like it hit him full on the boot first. Gone for 52. 180-6 after 93 overs. 50 remaining.

2.25pm Brook has brought up his fifty off 104 balls. Superb rearguard knock. Still lots to do, but Yorkshire are edging closer to safety. Bess 8. 172-5 with 53 overs remaining.

2.21pm Brook pulls Parkinson for four straight of mid-on, then gets a couple to mid-wicket. He has 47 of 166-5. Best part of 55 overs minimum to bowl.

1.54pm Jonny Tattersall has scored an unbeaten 86 for Gloucestershire, but they have been beaten by Surrey. That means that this fixture at Old Trafford sees both sides hold the only two unbeaten records in the country this season. Yorkshire 153-5 in the 83rd over.

1.47pm WICKET Hill bowled by Bailey, 18. Third ball with the new ball. 151-5.

1.43pm Tom Bailey will bowl the second over of the afternoon. New ball not taken yet, but suspect it will be shortly. Yorkshire 151-4.

And there it is as I type. New ball taken.

Lunch Report Yorkshire have lost two morning wickets in their bid to save the LV= Insurance County Championship Roses match at Emirates Old Trafford.

They started the day on 85-2 in their second innings, trailing by 265, and have reached lunch on 144-4 with a minimum of 64 overs remaining.

Overnight pair Will Fraine and nightwatchman Steve Patterson departed in the opening half hour of the day, both bowled by pacer Saqib Mahmood.

That left Yorkshire at 92-4, but Harry Brook and George Hill have steadied the ship since with an impressive unbroken stand of 52.

They have navigated the threat posed by seam and spin on what continues to be a docile surface and will begin the afternoon on 34 and 17 respectively.

Runs have been at a premium, but they are far from the primary objective as the White Rose aim to stretch their unbeaten start to 2021 to seven games.

If they can, they would be 10 points clear of third-placed Northamptonshire with three games remaining in the pursuit for a top two finish in Group Three. A defeat would leave the gap at only two points.

Lancashire have bowled 79 overs in the innings, with a new ball available after one over of the afternoon.

1.02pm – Lunch Yorkshire 144-4 from 79 overs. Brook 34 and Hill 17, sharing 52 unbroken for the fifth wicket. 64 overs remaining.

12.35pm Yorkshire 126-4 in the 70th over. Brook 24 and Hill 11. New ball looming. These two going nicely at present.

12.20pm Jonny Tattersall has scored an unbeaten half-century for Gloucestershire as they try to stave off defeat at Surrey.

12.09pm Yorkshire 106-4 with Brook and Hill unbeaten.

Northants have beaten Sussex at Hove, meaning Yorkshire will be two points clear or 10 points clear in second place depending on the result here.

11.30am WICKET Patterson lost his off stump to Mahmood, this time with one that just nipped away, 8. Yorkshire 92-4.

11.20am WICKET Fraine undone by a beauty from Mahmood, 6. Tailed back and uprooted middle stump. 87-3.

11.05am Play is underway. Fraine has played out a maiden to Mahmood and now Patterson is facing Bailey. Seam from both ends, Yorkshire 85-2 in the 49th over.

9.45am Around the grounds…..

Warwickshire 341 and 201-6 v Nottinghamshire 297, Edgbaston
Worcestershire 421 v Derbyshire 270 and 112-6, New Road
Leicestershire 136 and 75-1 v Middlesex 295 and 218, Grace Road
Surrey 473 v Gloucestershire 158 and 124-5, Oval
Sussex 175 and 298 v Northamptonshire 256 and 131-2, Hove
Durham 99 and 189 lost by 195 runs to Essex 182 and 301, Riverside

Good morning from Emirates Old Trafford.

The sun is shining, and it is without doubt the nicest day of the year so far.

We will be underway at 11am, and Yorkshire are going to have to bat for the full day, likely more than the allotted 96 overs, to secure a draw.

And with Northants on the verge of beating Sussex, it will be a pretty crucial eight points gained if they can do it.

The White Rose will begin the day on 85-2, 265 runs behind, with Will Fraine and Steve Patterson in the early stages of their innings.

Lancashire’s chief threat will be the leg-spin of Matthew Parkinson, while Liam Livingstone’s spin will also have to be navigated.

There will be a stream available once more, plus the TV coverage live on Sky. Enjoy the day.

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