The second day of this final game in the Roses Challenge series of 2014 has gone very much the way of the first. Lancashire did not enforce the follow-on, although they led by 187 on first innings. That lead had been extended to 362, with all 10 second innings wickets standing, by close of play.
The day began with Yorkshire on 41/0 and that first wicket stand was extended to 87 before Eliot Callis was trapped LBW by the Lancashire skipper. Luis Reece, whose fast, swinging left-armers earned him the splendid figures of 16-6-17-3.
A collapse then followed as Yorkshire plummeted to 169/9 so nine wickets had been lost for just 82 runs. Off-spinner Aaron Lilley (4/61) gave his captain excellent support as the pair bowled for approximately 90 minutes in tandem after lunch.
But then resistance appeared in the forms of Karl Carver and Moin Ashraf, who would have not have batted if Liam Plunkett had not broken down. The pair added 61 for the last wicket, with Karl Carver achieving easily his best score for the County with an unbeaten 36. It included five fours and one six during a stay of over an hour. And the boundaries were all perfectly genuine efforts and all pleasing on the eye as well.
Mon Ashraf gave Karl splendid support and his innings of 17 (37 deliveries and three fours) was only ended when he tried to lift leg-spinner Matthew McKiernan into the seats of the Trueman enclosure on the Kirkstall Lane side of the ground.
Lancashire decided not to enforce the follow-on and had 41 overs in which to consolidate their strong position. This they did with bells on as Andrea Agathangelou hit his side`s second individual century of the match and Haseeb Hameed showed why David Lloyd had praised him so highly on the TV recently.