Lancashire bowled over by White Rose attack

Tim Bresnan
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Yorkshire completed a resounding three-day win at Headingley as Lancashire suffered their first Specsavers County Championship defeat of the season.

Lancashire slipped from 14-4 overnight in their second innings to 209 all out, setting a victory target of just 60 half an hour before lunch.

Yorkshire, for whom Tim Bresnan had struck three times in the morning, knocked off the runs with all 10 wickets to spare inside 21 overs.

They take 21 points from their second win of the season to move within two of acesetters Essex in Division One.

Lancashire have not beaten their closest rivals in the Championship since 2011, when they won in Leeds and went on to claim the title.

With Shiv Chanderpaul and Dane Vilas at the crease at the start of play, the Red Rose hoped to put some pressure on Yorkshire in seamer-friendly conditions.

The ex-international pair had already shared 60 for the fifth wicket but could only add four more .

Vilas (22) was the first wicket to fall in the third over of the day, when he edged Ryan Sidebottom to second slip.

Chanderpaul then fell for 47, when Ben Coad had him caught behind with 149 on the board.

It was the second time the in-form seamer had removed the West Indian great in a match which saw him claim eight wickets for 59.

There was brief respite for Lancashire with 13 runs coming off one Jack Brooks over as Jordan Clark and Ryan McLaren tried to steady the ship.

But when McLaren was caught at third slip off Bresnan’s third ball, it was the beginning of the end for the visitors, who face champions Middlesex at Southport from Friday.

They lost their last four wickets for just 12 runs in 27 balls, including Clark for 37, caught behind in Bresnan’s next over.

Tom Bailey edged Sidebottom to fourth slip efore Stephen Parry gave Bresnan his third wicket when he edged behind

Bresnan ended the innings with figures of 3-50 and Sidebottom 3-38.

Lancashire were forced to operate with spinners Steven Croft, Parry and even England Test opener Haseeb Hameed for a large part of Yorkshire’s routine chase as they improved their minus three over-rate from the first innings to avoid a points deduction.

Adam Lyth, who hit a century earlier in the match, finished with 28 not out and Alex Lees 25 not out. All but eight of the 30 wickets to fall were to catches behind, with not a single player clean bowled.

Yorkshire travel to Taunton to face struggling Somerset on Friday.

Glen Chapple admitted Lancashire were outbowled by their Roses rivals.

The Lancashire coach said: “Firstly, I think the Yorkshire basically won the game for them on a pretty spicy pitch. They were pretty relentless on the first day and we weren’t able to match that.

“I think it comes to down to old-fashioned English conditions, where it was really bowler friendly. We didn’t live up to their bowling, especially Ryan Sidebottom and Ben Coad early on. They just hammered out a length and gave our batsmen nowhere to go.

“A tough game for us but I thought the Yorkshire bowlers were outstanding. We both had the opportunity to bowl on a bowler-friendly pitch. It does get worse here, there’s no doubt about it.

The pitches tend to start fairly good here. There was some cloud around and having some rain after you’ve tossed isn’t ideal, but I don’t think it was the toss at all. It was basically the quality of our bowling didn’t match them. We have to take that on the chin.”