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Yorkshire bowling coach Rich Pyrah said

“I think Patto was set on batting, and then the clouds came in this morning just before the toss.
“Along with chatting to a few senior lads, he changed his mind with five minutes to go.He thought we had a chance to bowl them out.
“There was enough in the pitch, and that first hour of play I thought we bowled really well. We just didn’t get the nicks we deserved.
“I thought they played it really well.
“As you know, at Headingley, once you get beyond the new ball it gets a bit slower and the ball gets softer and it’s a good time to bat.
“We didn’t capitalise on that first hour, and it’s cost us today.”

6.17pm – Close Lancashire enjoy much the better of the opening day, closing on 273-2 from 96 overs with Wells on 95 and Bohannon 7. Jennings 132 and Davies 84 stood out, while Thompson claimed the two wickets to fall.

6.06pm Best part of four overs to go in the day, and Lancashire are 271-2 in the 93rd. Wells has 33 and Bohannon 7.

5.52pm Seven overs remaining in the day. Lancashire are 266-2 after 89. Wells 31 and Bohannon 4. Lyth has just dropped Wells on second slip off Coad.

5.38pm WICKET Jennings caught and bowled by Thompson having chipped a drive. Gone for an excellent 132. Lancashire 256-2 in the 86th over.

5.17pm Yorkshire have taken the new ball through Coad. Lancashire 225-1 after 81.

5pm Though Yorkshire have never let things get away today in terms of run-rate, Lancashire continue to advance at 212-1 in the 77th.

4.45pm Jennings has reached a fine century, his second in Roses games this season, off 213 balls with 10×4s and 1×6s. 204-1 in the 72nd over.

4.29pm Jennings has just lofted Bess for six down the ground to move to 90. 189-1 in the 68th.

Tea Report Yorkshire have made the breakthrough on day one at Emerald Headingley, but Lancashire remain very much on top at tea.

Jordan Thompson trapped Alex Davies lbw for 84 to end a 163-run opening partnership with Keaton Jennings, who remains unbeaten on 77.

Lancashire, having been inserted, have reached tea on 176-1 from 64 overs.

Yorkshire haven’t bowled badly, though have been unable to find penetration in this top of the table, final round, Group Three fixture.

Early swing tested the visitors, who have since looked settled in otherwise good batting conditions.

Both Davies and Jennings reached their half-centuries in the afternoon.

Thompson trapped Davies lbw short of his first Championship century of the season having reached fifty six times, leaving the score at 163-1 in the 57th over.

Luke Wells will begin the evening alongside fellow left-hander Jennings.

3.54pm – Tea. Thompson with the afternoon breakthrough as Lancashire reach 176-1 after 64 overs. Jennings 77 and Wells 7.

3.27pm WICKET Davies trapped lbw by Thompson for 84. Lancashire 163-1 in the 57th. Could do with a couple more quickly.

3.14pm The light has got reasonably gloomy here at Emerald Headingley, although the floodlights are not yet on. Lancashire 158-0.

2.39pm Jennings reverse sweeps Bess for four, reaching his fifty off 129 balls with 6×4s. 123-0.

2.34pm Bess has just come into the attack to bowl the 44th over of the Lancashire innings. Lancashire 117-0.

2.08pm Century partnership for Davies 53 and Jennings 39.

2pm Lancashire are 99-0 after 36 overs and, unfortunately, are looking pretty comfortable as the ball gets softer.

1.46pm We’re up and running after lunch, with Davies reaching his fifty off 91 balls in the opening over from Patterson. Lancashire are 97-0.

Lunch Report Lancashire openers Alex Davies and Keaton Jennings have batted unbroken through the first morning of the Roses match at Emerald Headingley, reaching lunch on 96-0 after 31 overs

Steve Patterson won his ninth toss in 10 LV= Insurance County Championship matches this season and opted to bowl under an overcast sky.

Swing has been evident, but Davies and Jennings have navigated that threat and advanced on a true pitch.

Ben Coad and Dom Leech, making his Championship debut having featured in last season’s Bob Willis Trophy, were unlucky with the new ball.

Leech had a huge caught behind shout turned down against Davies on nought, but he has since moved to 49 not out with Jennings on 39.

Yorkshire have by no means bowled badly this morning.

Coad and Leech have bowled eight overs for 16 and seven for 17 respectively, while Harry Brook’s medium pacers have only gone for seven in six overs.

1.04pm – Lunch Lancashire 96-0 after 31 overs. Jennings 39 and Davies 49.

12.48pm Latter stages of the morning, and Lancashire are 86-0 in the 28th. Far from the morning Yorkshire were hoping far having won the toss, unfortunately, even though they haven’t bowled badly by any means.

12.20pm Davies has moved to 43 out of 73-0.

12.10pm Lancashire getting themselves on top at 60-0 after 18 overs. Davies 37 and Jennings 16. There has been a fair bit of swing in the opening 70 minutes of play, but unfortunately Yorkshire are still searching for reward.

11.35am It has been a reasonably sedate half hour. Lancashire are 17-0 after 10 overs. Dom Leech has bowled nicely, including a couple of lbw and caught behind shouts. Jennings has 9 and Davies 7.

11.12am Lancashire 9-0 in the fourth over. Huge caught behind appeal for Leech against Davies was turned down. Jennings has picked up a lovely on driven boundary. 9-0 in the fourth.

10.40am Yorkshire have won the toss and will bowl.

Yorkshire: Lyth, Hill, Northeast, Ballance, Brook, Bess, Duke w, Thompson, Patterson c, Coad, Leech.

Lancashire: Jennings, Davies, Wells, Bohannon, Jones, Vilas c&w, Croft, Balderson, Blatherwick, Bailey, Anderson.

9.17am Here is the opening part of our preview for this game, explaining the carrying of points situation and why this game.

‘Of course revenge would be sweet for Yorkshire against their arch-rivals over the next four days. But a Roses win at Emerald Headingley is crucial for more than just that.

Yorkshire lost their first Roses LV= Insurance County Championship match in 10 years when they were beaten by an innings and 59 at Old Trafford in late May, only just failing to recover from slumping to 40-7 in their first innings.

They fought hard to take the game into its final half hour on an attritional pitch, but ultimately Lancashire claimed 22 points and Yorkshire one.

And that is the reason why a White Rose win is of high importance in the latest chapter of the great rivalry, starting tomorrow (11am).

With this the final game of the initial group stage in the Championship, both sides have already secured top two finishes in Group Three and qualification for the top group in the latter stages of the competition in late August and through September.

Six teams will fight it out for the Championship title and the Bob Willis Trophy, but only four games are played.

You don’t play the team you have advanced with, instead half the aggregate of points accrued in initial group stage fixtures are carried forwards.

Despite them topping the table by two points from Lancashire, that leaves Yorkshire at a disadvantage unless they can gain revenge.’

Good morning from Emerald Headingley.

It is a glorious morning here ahead of the final round of round of group stage fixtures in the Championship.

While both counties have qualified from Group Three for the top group in late August and September, this is a hugely important fixture due to the carrying of points.

Lancashire currently have the advantage in that regard having won at Old Trafford earlier in the season, and we will clarify the exact position on the blog shortly.

The players are currently warming up ahead of clearly the biggest sporting event taking place in England today.

There will be a live stream available, and we get underway at 11am. Enjoy the day.

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