Another hazy day to begin with but, by mid-afternoon, the sun was shining, metaphorically at least, as the Second XI completed a six-wicket victory over their Lancashire rivals to lift, partially at least, the gloom that had descended in view of the events further south at Lord`s.
Lancashire resumed their second innings on 77/4, just 26 ahead and were eventually dismissed for just 163, leaving Yorkshire 113 to win in a minimum of 68 overs. All 10 wickets had fallen to catches, with eight of these in the slip/keeper cordon, showing the movement seam bowlers had achieved virtually all match.
Tim Bresnan again worked up some pace with 3/31 in 15 overs. Moin Ashraf added 3/45 to his first innings haul of 4/25 and Ben Coad (2/26) and Oliver Robinson (2/60) completed the line-up. Robinson had a fine match with 78 in Yorkshire`s first innings and two wickets and two slip catches each time Lancashire batted.
Yorkshire began their chase immediately after lunch and finished it in a flood of runs from the bat of Jonathan Tattersall two hours later. Tattersall ended on 54* from 74 deliveries with nine fours, several majestically driven through the covers with Colin Cowdrey-like timing.
Will Rhodes made 21 in a fourth wicket stand of 65 with Tattersall which took Yorkshire to the brink of victory. Azeem Rafiq ended the game with two boundaries from the three deliveries he faced.
The teams now meet again on Friday for two T20 games, warm-ups before the T20 competition begins the following week.
The Roses Challenge, a competition invented last year by Darrin White, my colleague at Old Trafford and based on the 2nd XI points system and created especially for “Friendly” competition between the two Roses rivals, now shows Yorkshire in the lead as a result of today`s win. They have 28 points to Lancashire`s 19 with the two T20s on Friday and another three-day friendly at Headngley in September to count as well.