CRICKET: Yorkshire edge out Lancashire in Roses classic

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Yorkshire secured victory over Lancashire in their penultimate group match of the Royal London One-Day Cup campaign to keep their hopes of a quarter-final spot alive.

A total of 742 runs were scored in the match, which was the highest aggregate score in a Roses List-A match.

Yorkshire opener Adam Lyth and David Willey shared a second wicket partnership of 235 runs to help set their hosts a target of 380 for victory.

The partnership was the highest ever for any wicket in a Roses List-A match, beating the 176 that Richard Blakey and Sachin Tendulkar made at Headingley in 1992.

The pair came together with the score on 12-1 after Tom Kohler-Cadmore fell for a nine-ball duck.

Lyth was seeing the ball well and hit the ball to all parts as he batted with a great temperament and found himself reaching 50 off 54 balls, striking nine fours.

A lack of discipline from the Lancashire bowlers allowed for the duo to score freely and the visitors were 147-1 at the halfway stage in their innings – with the partnership at 135.

Willey continued to pile on the pressure as he went to 100. At that point he had struck nine fours and two maximums.

That pressure continued to mount as the partnership grew to 200. Shortly after that, Adam Lyth went to 100. He struck it off 105 balls and he found the boundary 14 times.

Willey finally departed for 131 after he was bowled by the spin of Liam Livingstone.

Lacklustre fielding made sure that the Red Rose paid the price. They gave away at least six chances with Josh Bohannon dropping a couple of straight-forward chances.

With the score reading 280-2 after the second powerplay, the Lancashire bowlers conceded 99 runs in the final 10 overs with several bowlers leaking big runs.

Adam Lyth fell for 144 as Tom Bailey had him caught by Rob Jones to leave the visitors on 298-3

Despite the big runs in the final phase of the innings, wickets tumbled but had zero impact as the damage had already been done.

379 runs is the highest number of runs that Yorkshire have scored against a first-class county in List-A and coincidentally it was the most runs that Lancashire have conceded in List-A cricket

Requiring 380 for victory, Lancashire got off to a nervy start having lost Alex Davies for 10 early on.

Still requiring a further 360 runs for victory, it was down to Keaton Jennings and Liam Livingstone to rebuild and bat their side into the game.

Livingstone goes to 50 Credit: Lancs CCC

They did just that, adding 124 for the second wicket with Livingstone scoring 79 before he skied a ball to a diving Matthew Fisher.

During that partnership, Jennings was handed a lifeline on 33 when the umpire gave him not out when a photograph showed the 25-year-old opener to be short of his ground when a throw from Willey at mid-off hit the stumps.

Jennings cuts the ball Credit: Lancs CCC

This didn’t hold him back as he continued his excellent run of form, scoring 69 off 70 balls. He looked to be positive as he and Vilas looked to push on.

The job was left to Vilas and Rob Jones, but Vilas played a needless shot as he chipped a ball to Cheteshwar Pujara on 47.

Dane Vilas on the charge Credit: Lancs CCC

Jones shortly followed as he was stumped by the quick gloves of Jonny Tattersall off the bowling of Adil Rashid for two to leave the Old Trafford club on 238-5, still 142 runs from victory.

Having lost 3-20, the game was hanging by a thread and the 4,000 spectators in the ground were on the edge of their seats.

Jordan Clark scored 23 before getting out.

Tom Bailey and Stephen Parry rallied to put on an entertaining 57 together before Bailey was bowled to give Willey his fourth wicket of the innings. 

Lancashire were eventually dismissed for 363 – Livingstone top-scoring with 79 and David Willey claiming 4-59 to go with his 131.

A dejected Livingstone made comment on the game. He said: “The way we bowled and fielded, I felt that we were minus fifty. We had an inexperienced side and the younger boys will learn from that.

“Considering we only played with one out and out seamer it was tough.

“Then we got ourselves in another winning position [with the bat]and just couldn’t quite get over the line.

“So it’s disappointing but I’m pretty happy with the way we’ve fought to the end.

It now means that Lancashire are yet to win a List-A encounter against their local rivals since 11 May 2008, when they won by three wickets at the same venue.

Lancashire now turn their attention to red-ball cricket. They take on defending champions Essex at Emirates Old Trafford in the Specsavers County Championship. When these two sides met at Chelmsford in April, Essex ran out winners by a margin of 31 runs.

 

 

 

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