Steve Patterson was delighted with Yorkshire’s day one comeback against Lancashire and also reserved praise for Jordan Clark after his memorable hat-trick.
Nineteen wickets fell on day one at Emirates Old Trafford; Yorkshire were bowled out for 192 and Lancashire responded with 109 all out.
Only nine wickets fell in Lancashire’s innings due to Liam Livingstone suffering a fractured left thumb fielding in the slips.
Clark got Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Jonny Bairstow in his hat-trick, sparking the debate of whether it was the greatest of all time.
Adam Lyth hit 70, the top score of the day, before Ben Coad claimed three wickets and captain Patterson, Jack Brooks and Tim Bresnan two apiece.
Highlights from a frantic Day 1.
Patterson said: “We felt we started pretty well. We were 59-1 and set up nicely.
“Obviously Clark got his hat-trick. To lose three players of that calibre to a hat-trick is a killer.
“It’s got to be one of the best ever based on the names he got out – three of the top 10 best in the world presently. Fair play to him.
“But I thought we battled back well from 80 odd for six. It would have been easy to be 125 all out. We’d have been really up against it then. 192 gave us an opportunity if we started well.
“I never dreamed we’d have bowled them out. Livingstone damaging his thumb, which is unfortunate, made it a touch easier for us. The lads bowled well.
“The last 20 overs was outstanding.
“It swung all day and the odd one nipped. But when you got in, it wasn’t a bad pitch. Lythy and Davies showed that. But it was hard to start on. Wickets fell in clusters.
“Looking back, we’re delighted with where we stand with a lead of 90. We feel we can bat better second innings.”