Yorkshire fought back brilliantly with the ball after Jordan Clark removed Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Jonny Bairstow in a remarkable hat-trick during an helter-skelter first day of the Roses at Emirates Old Trafford.
Clark’s late morning heroics ensured a remarkable start to this Roses Specsavers County Championship fixture, delayed by 45 minutes due to rain.
The seam bowling all-rounder reduced Yorkshire from 59-1 to 59-4 as Test captains Root and New Zealand’s Williamson were trapped lbw and Bairstow caught at third slip driving.
Highlights from a frantic Day 1.
Yorkshire slipped to 78-5 in the early stages of the afternoon and were bowled out for 192 just after tea. Clark, who also affected a run out in his follow through, finished with a career best 5-58 before Lancashire were bowled out for 109 in reply – a lead of 83.
Adam Lyth’s 70 off 119 balls was Yorkshire’s standout innings after they opted for a toss and won it.
Lyth and Harry Brook repelled new ball pair Jimmy Anderson and Tom Bailey.
Graham Onions made the initial breakthrough with his second ball when he forced Brook to chop on (24-1 in the 14th over).
Root settled quickly and hit five fours in his 22, only to be undone playing forward to a full ball.
Williamson was stuck on the crease before Bairstow edged a drive to third slip, where Jos Buttler took a smart low catch diving to his left.
Onions bowled Gary Ballance as he offered no shot quickly after lunch before Clark’s day got better as he ran out Tim Bresnan backing up following a fierce straight drive from Lyth, leaving Yorkshire at 86-6 in the 29th.
Lyth reached his fifty shortly afterwards off 98 balls before Patterson helped him take Yorkshire’s score beyond 100.
This was the first Roses Championship hat-trick since Lancashire’s Ken Higgs took one at Headingley in 1986 and the fourth in this Championship fixture.
All of this from a man who, in 2013, hit six sixes in an over against Yorkshire’s second team.
Between them, Root, Williamson and Bairstow have scored 14,639 Test runs and over 30,000 in first-class cricket.
Lancashire were aided by swing under overcast skies and the Old Trafford floodlights, with Clark striking three times in the 15 minutes of extended play before lunch because of rain.
Bailey and Anderson later struck twice in two balls to get Patterson and Lyth caught at first slip at the end of the 41st over and the start of the 42nd, leaving Yorkshire at 131-8.
Clark’s maiden first-team five-wicket haul was wrapped up just after tea when Jack Brooks drove to cover and Ben Coad was bowled.
Yorkshire’s last four batsmen, Patterson (22), Brooks (14), Coad (15) and debutant Josh Poysden (20 not out) added useful runs.
With the sun now shining, Root later claimed a stunning one-handed catch diving to his left at mid-wicket after Keaton Jennings had pulled at Bresnan, leaving Lancashire at 46-1.
Patterson then bowled Haseeb Hameed offering no shot and had Dane Vilas lbw two balls later (55-3 in the 18th).
Bresnan got Buttler caught behind down leg three overs later as the score fell to 66-4.
With Liam Livingstone having suffered a suspected broken left wrist whilst trying to take a catch at second slip, Lancashire were effectively five down.
Wickets continued to tumble, with Coad claiming three wickets in the 26th over on the way to 92-8 – a loss of four runs without addition.
Alex Davies was caught behind for 51 and Bailey bowled as both offered no stroke, Onions was bowled and Clark caught at deep square off Brooks, who bowled Anderson to wrap up the innings.