Yorkshire and Lancashire’s fierce rivalry and long-standing history of battling it out with strongly contested matches carried on in 2021, when Adam Lyth’s men came out on top at Headingley.
In a close encounter, the game came down to the final over with the Red Rose requiring 20 runs to win and culminated in Lockie Ferguson claiming a remarkable hattrick.
The final six balls didn’t get off to the best of starts with a combination of runs off the bat and a no ball that went to the boundary leaving Lancashire requiring 11 off four balls. Step up the New Zealand speed-star who closed the over out expertly, locking in a Vikings win and sparking jubilation in the stands.
Earlier in the evening, Harry Brook played arguably one of the greatest Roses T20 knocks, smashing the ball to all parts on his way to a blistering 91 not out. The 22-year-olds innings came off just 50 balls with 10 fours and 3 maximums. Brook rolled out his full repertoire during the innings with trademark cover drives, pulls, sweeps, lofted drives and even the cheekiest of reverse-paddle shots.
In truth, the innings was the highlight of a stellar year for the right-hander who amassed 486 runs in the Vitality Blast at an average of 69.43, made a huge impact in the first edition of The Hundred for the Northern Superchargers and has recently been rewarded with an England call-up, debuting against the West Indies at Barbados in January.
Adam Lyth and George Hill both made crucial contributions in the first innings, with the former crafting a half-century and the latter chipping in with a small cameo, clearing the ropes twice in the final few overs. Ferguson’s heroics took the headlines in the second innings with the Kiwi-quick finishing with four wickets in total. He was ably assisted by Matthew Fisher, Lyth, Matthew Waite and Dom Bess who claimed one wicket each.
The game ended with a Yorkshire win, much to the delight of the circa 4,000 crowd that were in attendance. In 2022, it is expected that a full crowd will be possible for the first time since 2019, a hugely exciting prospect for all involved and certainly a factor that will take the rivalry up another level.
Brook and his Vikings teammates will be brimming with confidence heading into the Roses contests and, with the return of a sell-out crowds expected, the fixtures are ones not to be missed!
Enter the Roses tickets ballot
Yorkshire members and T20 Season Ticket holders can book their seats for the 2022 fixture now, whilst original 2021 ticket purchasers will have priority access to tickets from Thursday 24 February.
If you fall out of the above groups and don’t wish to secure a membership or T20 Season Ticket, your best chance of securing tickets is by entering the ticket ballot: