Lancashire under cosh in Roses battle
Yorkshire seized control on day two of their Specsavers County Championship match against Lancashire at Headingley and lead by 189 runs with seven wickets remaining after bowling out their Roses rivals for a first-innings total of 196.
Although Adil Rashid bagged the last three Lancashire wickets, it was the four-man pace attack that had the Division One leaders under the cosh as they slumped to 92 for seven and were still in danger of not making the 158 they required to avoid the follow-on.
That they did so was due in the main to an adventurous ninth-wicket stand of 48 in 6.4 overs between Liam Livingstone and Kyle Jarvis which was ended when Jarvis gave Rashid the charge and was stumped by newly-capped wicketkeeper Andy Hodd for 33 from 28 balls with seven boundaries.
Last man Simon Kerrigan helped Livingstone move the score to 196 - four runs short of a batting bonus point - at which stage he was lbw to Rashid, who ended with three for 37.
Livingstone’s unbeaten 60 from 83 deliveries with seven fours and a six was a polished, sometimes elegant innings of great value to his side after coming in at 69 for five.
There was little evidence that Lancashire would lose seven wickets for 46 runs in 36 overs while openers Tom Smith and Haseeb Hameed were putting on a mainly untroubled 46 together, but then Steven Patterson had Smith hitting a low catch to Gary Ballance at point and Yorkshire went for the jugular.
Hameed was pouched at second slip by Lyth off Tim Bresnan while Jack Brooks, in a much more fluent second spell, gained lbw verdicts against Luke Procter and Steven Croft.
When Patterson had Karl Brown caught behind it gave the seam bowler his 300th first-class wicket and Tom Bailey was similarly dismissed for a duck by Liam Plunkett as Lancashire reached their lowest point, the recovery being initiated by Livingstone and Neil Wagner.
As Lancashire had done, Yorkshire began confidently enough against an attack missing Bailey, who had not taken the field after tea, but with the score on 41 Alex Lees waved his bat at Smith and was caught behind with Jack Leaning following him back soon afterwards when he edged Wagner to Smith at second slip.
Wagner was generating a good pace and he produced a rapid delivery to Ballance who could do little with it other than nick it to Croft and Yorkshire were 70 for three.
Patterson, who the previous evening had been smashing the ball around, came in as nightwatchman for the last five overs and dutifully survived without scoring while Lyth was unbeaten on 44.