County Championship: Yorkshire beat Lancashire by 95 runs for crucial win

Jack Brooks
Yorkshire's Jack Brooks, who is set to join Somerset next season, took nine wickets in the Roses match
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Emerald Headingley (day four):
Yorkshire 209 & 272: Ballance 83, Kohler-Cadmore 63; Bailey 4-69
Lancashire 252 & 134: Livingstone 28; Coad 5-24, Brooks 4-47
Yorkshire (20 pts) beat Lancashire (5 pts) by 95 runs

Yorkshire took the last three Lancashire wickets early on the final morning to seal a potentially crucial 95-run victory at Headingley.

The result means the Tykes leapfrog their Roses rivals, who drop into the relegation zone with one game to play.

Resuming on 109-7, needing another 121 to win, Jack Brooks (4-47) uprooted Keshav Maharaj's leg stump for 18.

Brooks then bowled Graham Onions, before Ben Coad completed a five-wicket haul to leave the visitors 134 all out.

Yorkshire, who began the week in seventh and one point behind Lancashire in the Division One table, are now 14 clear of the Red Rose. One win from their final two games will realistically secure their top-flight status for another season.

Lancashire, meanwhile, will need to win their final game at Hampshire to have a chance of avoiding the drop and even then, with their relegation rivals enjoying games in hand, they are reliant on other results going their way.

The visitors' pursuit of 230 to win had started steadily and they looked in contention to take it to the wire at 81-3 early on the third evening.

But a clatter of wickets, including two in three balls for Coad (5-24), turned the game dramatically in Yorkshire's favour.

Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale told BBC Radio Leeds:

"It was a must-win game for both teams, and there was a lot of pressure coming into it. But we showed a lot of character, togetherness, team spirit and belief to fight back in the fashion we did. To win by 90-odd runs in the end was a fantastic effort.

"The first day didn't go as planned. From there on, at 105-0, we're thinking 'if we can bowl Lancashire out for 300, it would be a good effort'. To bounce back the way we did on the second morning gave us a fighting chance.

"We've got a bit of confidence that hasn't always been there this year, and we've got to jump on the back of that and finish the season strongly. We had a good solid draw last week and showed signs with the bat, and we've won some key passages of play in this game.

"It's key we continue that for the rest of the season. If we do, the results will look after themselves. We're not counting our chickens yet. There's no easy games. Hampshire will be tough. They've won a few games now."

Lancashire coach Glen Chapple told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"Going into the last few games of season, we knew we had to win games. We've got ourselves into a position in the table that was precarious through losing close games.

"This one is disappointing because we had such a good first day and played so well. To not hammer that advantage home is frustrating.

"We didn't make enough runs and force Yorkshire into enough pressure. In the conditions they're used to here, they came back well and outplayed us for the last two days.

"If you take last season, whenever we lost early wickets, we had big partnerships to get us up to big scores. We haven't done that this year. Generally, as a batting unit, we haven't scored enough runs. The work ethic has been there, and we've got good players. But too many have had poor seasons."

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