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Root takes 4/5 in star-studded Roses clash

— 12 March 2019

As we count down to the start of the new season, in our weekly feature, we look back at some of Yorkshire’s highlights throughout last summer, be it great wins or memorable individual performances……

Roses matches in 2018 should have come with a health warning!

Rarely has this rivalry provided so much excitement in almost every fixture across all formats throughout a campaign, and thankfully Yorkshire were able to come out on top in the ‘mini series’.

The White Rose won a one-day match at Emirates Old Trafford in early May but had lost a breathtaking T20 Blast clash at the same venue just a few days earlier, in late July.

  • Now, with all the internationals available – Root, Bairstow, Williamson, Anderson and Buttler et al – we were in for more fireworks in the County Championship. After all, it had been billed as county cricket’s nearest thing to a Test Match.

    Yorkshire were to win this clash pretty comfortably in the end, but it wasn’t without issues, chiefly a hat-trick for the ages from home all-rounder Jordan Clark.

    As part of an early collapse to 86-6 on day one, Clark removed Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Jonny Bairstow in a remarkable burst, only for Adam Lyth’s 70 to at least get the visitors up to respectability at 192 all out.

    From then on, Lancashire had no answer to Yorkshire’s brilliance.

    The hosts fell to 109 all out in reply at close on day one, losing all 10 wickets after tea and slipping from 46-0.

  • In the second innings, wickets continued to tumble. Yorkshire slipped to 21-3, including Root and Williamson for three and one, before Harry Brook and Bairstow united and scored superb half-centuries.

    Brook, opening the batting, hit 55 and Bairstow 82. They shared 133 for the fourth wicket, the feature of a 239 all out total, which set Lancashire an unlikely target of 323 before close on day two.

    Without their captain Liam Livingstone due to a broken thumb suffered whilst fielding, the struggling hosts closed on 194-6, including the loss of Jos Buttler to Root’s off-spin late in the day.

    At the start of day three, Root was the one to wrap up a 118-run win, Yorkshire’s third of the season from their eight matches.

    He claimed career best figures of 4-5 from 7.4 overs, including three wickets in 45 minutes, as Lancashire slipped badly from 194-6 to 204 all out.

    The only downer was a side injury suffered by seamer Ben Coad.

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