Lancs strike back in Roses match at Headingley

LV= County Championship Division One, Headingley
Close, day three: Lancashire 328 & 194, Yorkshire 239 & 136-6
Lancashire 6pts, Yorkshire 4pts
Match scorecard
Live commentary
Tim Bresnan
Bresnan was left out of England's side for the first Test with India

Lancashire ended the third day hopeful of a Roses match victory after fighting back against Yorkshire at Headingley.

The Tykes looked to have turned the game on its head when, from an overnight 33-3, they reduced their old rivals to 87-8 - a slender lead of 176.

Saj Mahmood and Kyle Hogg then hit half centuries to help Lancashire reach 194, Tim Bresnan taking 4-50.

But Yorkshire, set 284 to win, had slumped to 136-6 at the close and need their own tail to wag valiantly again.

Bresnan had earlier started Lancashire's collapse with the wicket of Steven Croft.

Three overs later, Rich Pyrah, who scored a century in Yorkshire's first innings, saw off Mark Chilton to reduce Lancashire to 50-5.

But Mahmood and Hogg were to put on 80 for the ninth wicket.

With 284 the target, Yorkshire began their run-chase following an early tea, Jacques Ruldolph and Joe Root putting on 41, the best opening stand of the match.

Once Root fell to Glen Chapple (3-44), wickets fell at regular intervals to set up a tense final day.

Either side of a 40-minute delay for bad light, Lancashire picked up vital wickets, chiefly Rudolph for 35, as Yorkshire's top five all made starts but failed to build on them.

Chapple picked up the important wicket of Bresnan shortly before the close and much now rests on skipper Andrew Gale (28 not out)


BBC Radio Lancashire's Liam Bradford:

"More drama at Headingley in what is turning out to be a brilliant advert for Championship cricket.

"Another ninth-wicket stand, this time between Saj Mahmood and Kyle Hogg, helped Lancashire set 284 for Yorkshire to win but step forward the Lancashire bowlers.

"Once again, Lancashire showed that if you put the ball in the right areas for long enough, you'll force results."