Yorkshire’s unbeaten start to 2021 is over after narrowly failing to hold on at Emirates Old Trafford despite a determined rearguard batting display on day four.
There were 40 balls remaining when Dom Bess, for 46, edged Matthew Parkinson’s leg-spin to slip, leaving Yorkshire 271 all out, a defeat by an innings and 79 runs.
Lancashire won a Roses game in the LV= Insurance County Championship for the first time since 2011 and for the first time here since 2000, befitting from Yorkshire being 40-7 before lunch on day one.
Harry Brook’s 52 spearheaded a fightback from 92-4 after two early fourth day wickets for home hero Saqib Mahmood, the England fringe pace bowler who finished with a first first-class five-for.
Bess also contributed heavily, as did 19-year-old wicketkeeper Harry Duke with an impressive 29.
Unfortunately, Parkinson also added three wickets to Mahmood’s 5-47 as Lancashire strengthened their grip on top spot in Group Three with a fourth win in seven games this season.
They are now the only unbeaten side in the country after weekend defeats for Yorkshire and Gloucestershire, for whom Jonny Tattersall scored 86 not out on loan in a game against Surrey at the Oval.
Yorkshire are 24 points behind Lancashire after seven games and two points clear of Northamptonshire in third place in the race for a top two finish.
The White Rose county will aim to get back on the horse when Sussex visit Emerald Headingley on Thursday, when a crowd will be welcomed back to a home men’s first-team fixture for the first time in 623 days.
Dawid Malan will also be available for his first game of the season, while Gary Ballance returns from a calf injury. Jofra Archer and Ollie Robinson will be missing for Sussex.
Yorkshire lost unbeaten overnight pair Will Fraine and Steve Patterson in the opening half hour of play to two superb Mahmood deliveries.
On a warm Manchester day, Mahmood uprooted Fraine’s middle stump with an in-ducker and nightwatchman Patterson’s off stump with one that just moved away a touch.
Brook and fifth-wicket partner George Hill (18) then raised Yorkshire hopes with a 59-run stand in 27 overs through the majority of the morning.
However, Hill was bowled 10 balls into the afternoon for 18 by Tom Bailey.
It was the third ball with the new ball, as Yorkshire fell to 151-5 with just under 62 overs remaining in the game.
Brook continued to dig in, and reached his fifth fifty off 104 balls nine overs later.
His resistance was ended when he was trapped lbw by a full ball from Parkinson, which seemed to hit boot and then bat. That left Yorkshire 180-6 after 93 overs – 50 still to bowl.
Bess was dropped on 17 at slip by Liam Livingstone off Parkinson five overs later before Yorkshire reached tea on 208-6 from 111 overs, a minimum of 32 remaining.
Bess and fledgling wicketkeeper Duke shared 58 in 28 overs either side of tea for the seventh wicket.
However, Duke’s 88-ball innings was ended when he shouldered arms to left-arm seamer Luke Wood as the score fell to 238-7 after 121 overs – 22 remaining.
Yorkshire then lost their last three wickets for no runs in three and a half overs to slip to a first four-day defeat against any opponent since September 2019.
Mahmood had Jordan Thompson caught behind and Ben Coad via the same method.
Unfortunately, it was clear Coad, given out by umpire Alex Wharf, was not out. Mahmood hardly appealed and Coad, showing no sign of dissent, walked off with his head in his hands.
Bess then followed to Parkinson almost immediately, with Livingstone atoning for his earlier error.