First-class debutant Fin Bean hit an impressive 42 as Yorkshire responded encouragingly to Lancashire’s first-innings 276 during a weather-shortened day two of the Roses clash at Emirates Old Trafford.
Overnight and morning rain, then later bad light, cut 36 overs from the day, with play only starting at 12.55pm.
George Hill did not get the chance to add to his day one 6-26, instead leaving Jordan Thompson and Ben Coad to wrap up Lancashire’s first-innings, which resumed today on 272-8.
Hill, however, later contributed a useful 32 as Yorkshire reached close on 130-4 from 53. There was no play beyond 5.20pm due to the light.
But 20-year-old Bean’s contribution was the most significant for the visitors, who have had the better of this game from just before tea on day one when the Red Rose were 180-0.
Bean, who only signed a rookie contract at Headingley in July, batted with confidence.
Here is a left-hander who scored 441 versus in a second-team Championship game against Nottinghamshire earlier this summer – a record in the history of the competition.
He also hit 61 on his first-team debut, a Royal London Cup clash with Kent at Canterbury last month.
He pushed two of his five boundaries down the ground in one over from the seam of New Zealander Will Williams to move to nine and worked the lion’s share of his ones and twos square on both sides of the wicket.
After Thompson had Lancashire wicketkeeper George Lavelle caught behind and Coad trapped Matt Parkinson lbw, Adam Lyth fell early on in Yorkshire’s reply.
Lyth edged Williams to short-leg for 13 as the score fell to 13-1 after six overs.
Bean and Hill then cheered Yorkshire supporters with a 63-run partnership on an attritional pitch.
Hill also hit well down the ground to continue what has so far been a memorable match for the former England Under 19s vice captain, who hit back-to-back boundaries off his former age-group skipper George Balderson.
Hill was later bowled by a beauty of a leg-spinner from Parkinson shortly before tea, where Yorkshire reached at 76-2.
Bean showed impressive powers of concentration and skill against an LV= Insurance County Championship title-chasing home attack. He took 19 balls to get off the mark during the early afternoon.
As he inched towards his fifty after tea, Tom Kohler-Cadmore got off the mark in fine style by hoisting Parkinson’s leg-spin over long-on for six, hitting the next ball for four over mid-off’s head.
Unfortunately for York CC product Bean, he was to fall nine short of another debut half-century, trapped lbw by a yorker from Tom Bailey as the score fell to 105-3 in the 39th over.
Further success came for Lancashire when Williams returned to bowl Will Fraine for three as he attempted to leave alone. Yorkshire, at this stage, were 108-4 in the 42nd.
Kohler-Cadmore and captain Jonny Tattersall will bid to reduce the 146 deficit when they begin day three on 24 and 14 respectively.