Yorkshire edged out in thrilling Roses battle

Yorkshire went down fighting by 23 runs at Headingley in one of the most thrilling Roses encounters of all time.

Both teams received a standing ovation as they left the field on the final afternoon of the LV= County Championship match.

Set a challenging 284 for victory, Yorkshire embarked on the final day on 136 for six and still requiring a further 148 but skipper Andrew Gale and nightwatchman Ryan Sidebottom were positive from the start.

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Sidebottom was the more prominent early on, on-driving Lancashire captain Glen Chapple for four to get off the mark and taking a couple of boundaries off spinner Gary Keedy.

The pair had added 28 at well over a run a minute before Sidebottom was caught low down at second slip by Tom Smith off Chapple, but Yorkshire refused to panic as Adil Rashid joined Gale.

Both batsmen took boundaries off Keedy but at 177 Yorkshire suffered another serious blow with Chapple’s lbw dismissal of Gale for 47 from 83 balls with five fours.

It gave the Skipton-born paceman only his second five-wicket Roses haul, the first one being five for 83 also at Headingley in 2001 when Yorkshire went on to win the match and also the Championship.

Rashid, partnered by Ajmal Shahzad, was in magnificent form and for the third time in the match a ninth-wicket pair were to add at least 50 runs together. Rashid straight-drove Chapple for four and an extra cover drive off Keedy took Lancashire’s lead down into double figures.

Shahzad straight-drove Kyle Hogg to the rope and also ran four in the same over but with the stand worth 53 he was tempted into trying to hook a bounce from Hogg and he gloved a catch to wicketkeeper Gareth Cross.

Yorkshire were 230 for nine and their last man in was Rich Pyrah, their century-making hero of the first innings, demoted to number 11 because of the return from the Test squad of Tim Bresnan and Sidebottom having gone in earlier as nightwatchman.

Lunch came at 244 for nine with 40 still required and that had been whittled down to 24 when Pyrah was lbw on the backfoot to Keedy for 14, leaving Rashid stranded on 48 from 87 balls with eight boundaries.

The victory strengthened Lancashire’s title challenge but made Yorkshire’s task of avoiding relegation all the harder.

Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of cricket, said: “It was a fantastic game of cricket, thoroughly entertaining throughout and great for the County Championship but we only took four points from the match and that is scant consolation.

“It was a great fightback from 45 for eight in the first innings but unfortunately it was not quite good enough.”

Chapple said: “It was an unbelievable game of cricket and took a different path to most games. We really had to struggle against the Yorkshire tail-enders and I have never seen a tail bat like that before.

“Both Roses matches this season have been amazing games of cricket and I don’t think we will see the likes of them again for a long time.

“They could have gone either way but I thought that here we were always favourites despite Yorkshire’s batting line-up being the best in the country.”

For full report and reaction read Sports Monday inside tomorrow’s Yorkshire Post.