Lancashire won a very close game by just 11 runs at Headingley today with just 16 deliveries remaining and all four results possible up to the last minute.
The final day began with Lancashire declaring at their overnight score of 175/0. This left a minimum of 96 overs for Yorkshire to score the 363 runs they required for victory.
And, as Andrew Hodd hit the first ball of the day for six, the tone was set for a batting display that showed the character that was needed to almost pull off a splendid victory. Unfortunately, after another boundary, he played an airborne shot into the covers and was taken low down by one of the three Lancashire leg-spinners in the team, Matthew McKiernan.
That brought in Dan Hodgson and he and Eliot Callis spent the next 145 minutes compiling a second wicket stand of 148 before Callis charged McKiernan to be easily stumped by Alex Davies. But a platform had been set and Hodgson eventually went on to compile his third and highest century of the season, 124, from 197 deliveries with 16 fours.
Ryan Gibson (21) stayed with Hodgson to add 37 quickly for the fifth wicket but dismissals occured at just the wrong moment as a partnership began to grow.
But then James Wainman and Jared Warner came together and slowly reduced the target until 22 runs were needed.
Unfortunately, at that point, Wainman drove into the covers but could not keep the ball down and another leg-spinner, Rob Jones, took a low catch.
That was 341/8 and the runs then dried up. Off-spinner Aaron Lilley, bowling from the Rugby Stand end, tied up the batters and they remained in their crease to fatal effect. Carver, after his first innings heroics, could not repeat the feat and Jared Warner, after 83 minutes at the crease, edged round the corner to the Lancashire Captain Luis Reece, who took the catch gratefully to be swamped by his very relieved team-mates.
So one match remains for the 2nd XI and that is at Taunton Vale CC next week, beginning on Tuesday. It is a three-day game against Somerset 2nd XI, with each day beginning at 10.30 am.