By Graham Hardcastle
What a week to make your Roses Championship debut, hey Jonny Tattersall!
Yorkshire and Lancashire meet at Emerald Headingley in a blockbuster Specsavers County Championship match, starting tomorrow (MONDAY 10.30am).
With both sides languishing towards the foot of the Division One table and with games running out to save their skins, there could hardly be more on this latest chapter in county cricket’s biggest rivalry.
Lancashire sit sixth in the table and Yorkshire, occupying the second relegation spot, in seventh.
One point separates them, with the Red Rose having two to play and the White Rose three.
Wicketkeeper Tattersall is coming to the end of his maiden Championship campaign, but he missed the first fixture at Emirates Old Trafford due to Jonny Bairstow’s availability.
A repeat of that July win would do Yorkshire nicely.
“My first taste of Roses Championship cricket, and it will be a crucial one at that. There will definitely be a bit on it given the situation in the table,” said the 23-year-old from Harrogate.
“We have that game in hand on them, which we can make use of.
“Every game is massive from here, and we need to win some games.
“We play all the three teams closest to us (Lancashire, Hampshire and Worcestershire), so if we can get victories against them, we’ll be alright.”