Roses Match Lancashire v Yorkshire

County Championship Lancashire v Yorkshire  at Headingley September


Neil Whitaker reports

Day 1

THE first day of the Roses match at Emerald Headingley was Lancashire’s after they dismissed Yorkshire for 209 and at close they 104 behind with all 10 wickets standing.

Yorkshire only made it to 209 thanks to to a fifth wicket stand of 105 between Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Jonathan Tattersall.  Kohler-Cadmore hit his second century in consecutive matches as he dominated the Yorkshire innings.  While the others struggled he made batting easy and produced one of the beast Roses debut innings.

His unbeaten 105 came in 190 minutes from 130 balls and included 16 fours  and a six.  Kohler-Cadmore slog swept Kershav Maharaj for a six over long on.

He said: “It was a  frustrating day. All day I felt the ball was doing something. We’ll come back tomorrow and try and put the ball in the right areas. It's nice to score runs and I want to score as many runs as I can.  But at the moment it doesn’t feel so good because they are 105 for none but it’s the type of wicket where you get one you can get two.  Tomorrow is about not overreaching and not panicking if we don’t get wickets straight away.  Tonight I thought that we bowled well and were unlucky but their openers played well and stuck to their plans.”

The Tykes had lost their first three wickets inside 15 overs and 209 looked a long way away.  Kohler-Cadmore took the fight to Lancashire, he blasted Richard Gleeson through extra cover and then drilled him to the mid wicket boundary.  He reached his fifty with a drive through extra cover off Gleeson.

Only one run was added to the total when Yorkshire lost their fourth wicket when Gary  Ballance played around a straight ball from Tom Bailey and was leg before.  Kohler-Cadmore was joined by Jonathan Tattersall, the pair couldn’t do what they did Trent Bridge and 102 for the fifth wicket, could they?

They did and they went one better.  It was a partnership that was dominated by Kohler-Cadmore. Out of their 105 partnership Tattersall hit 33 and Kohler-Cadmore blasted 70.  He made Lancashire pay for dropping him on 44.  He  edged Graham Onions to Dane Vilas but the keeper couldn’t hold on to it as he went  one handed for it moving to his right.

Kohler-Cadmore added: “The pitch last week was a lot better and you felt that if you got in that you would get the rewards. Today you always felt that  one ball had your name on it.” He  cut Onions to the point boundary to bring up the hundred partnership with Tattersall. The partnership was broken when Tattersall played around a straight ball from Onions.

Both Tim Bresnan and Matthew Waite were dismissed for ducks.  Bresnan played at one from Onions that seamed away from him and Vilas took a comfortable catch.

Waite was strangled down the legside by Onions to give Vilas his fourth catch.  It was  Onions third wicket in 13 balls.  

New Gleeson making his debut for Lancashire after signing from Northamptonshire got his first wicket for them when Yorkshire skipper Steven Patterson tried to drive him but went over his off stump yorker.   He got another two wickets.  Jack Brooks  pulled a short ball ball from him straight to Marharaj at deep square leg and last  Ben Coad steered Gleeson to Josh Bohannon at backward point.

He became the third Lancashire to make his debut in a Roses match at Emerald Headingley the other two being: Mark Wallwork a wicketkeeper in 1982 and John Brocklebank in 1939.  Brocklebank went on to be the Chairman of Cunard and was the nephew of F.S Jackson.

Gleeson said: “If you had told me at the beginning of the day that I would get three wickets I would have bitten your hand off.  I think that this is the biggest of the games. I’ll always be grateful too Northamptonshire. They picked me up from minor county cricket, they did the same with Jack Brooks.”

In gloomy overcast conditions Lancashire declined to have a toss and were  rewarded with two early wickets.  Jeet Ravel missed a straight ball from Onions and lost his off stump.  In the next over Harry Brook drove at Bailey without moving his feet and Vilas took a tumbling catch.

Bailey angled one across Lyth who edged it to Vilas. Everyone in thge ground knew it was out apart from Lyth who shock his head at the decision.

Alex Davies thumped Brooks to the extra cover boundary and late cut  Patterson to third man boundary.  On 36 he edged Patterson to Lyth at second slip  but he couldn’t hold on to it. Patterson took his frustration out by kicking at the turf.

Davies brought up the Lancashire fifty up when clipped Patterson the deep mid wicket boundary.  He clipped Bresnan off his legs to the square leg boundary to bring up his fifty.

Day 2

JACK Brooks  took five wickets in an innings for the second consecutive championship match at Emerald Headingley and Yorkshire finished the second day with a lead of 84 with seven second innings wickets left.

After he was wicketless on the first day he took five for 38 in 12 overs and nearly bowled Yorkshire into a first innings lead.   He got his first wicket in the 12th over of the day with his second ball when Steven Croft had to reach for a wide ball and cut it into Adam Lyth’s midriff at second slip.

Brooks said: “It was a good day for Yorkshire.  We didn’t have the best of days yesterday. We knew that today was huge and that we had to win all three sessions. As a bowling unit we put the ball  in good areas and worked out that it was a pitch for leg before‘ s and bowled.  Gary Ballance and Tom Kohler-Cadmore have shown what you can do when the ball gets older.

I was disappointed with how I bowled yesterday but today I came in and I hit the straps. I got my first wicket with a rank long hop.  If you bowl the ball in the right areas you will get your rewards.  I always feel threatening here  and feel that my game is suited here and I get on well with the supporters. It’s been great fun up here and I’ve become an adopted northerner.”

The stage looked set for Liam Livingstone to blast the ball to all parts of the field but fortunately Yorkshire found him on an off day.  On six he drove Steven  Patterson to Ballance at short mid wicket but was dropped.   He made another run when he had a frightful slogg at Brooks,then he was bowled next ball by one that seamed away from him.

By now Lancashire had become strokeless.   Alex Davies was the only batsman to take the fight to Yorkshire.  He delightfully cut Ben Coad the point boundary and late cut Tim Bresnan to the vacant third man boundary

Dane Vilas, who hit hit valuable runs in their victory against Worcestershire at Southport, had a torrid time at the crease against Brooks as he kept playing and missing at him or getting his pads in the way.  That brought his downfall.  He pushed forward at Brooks, missed the ball was plum leg before hitting his leg stump and was out for a duck.

Josh Bohannon and Davies made it through to lunch without a further loss but Bohannon edged Bresnan to Jonathan Tattersall before he had scored but the stumper couldn’t hold on to. He got off the mark by driving Coad straight to the long on boundary.

In the second over after lunch Davies shaped to play Brooks with a straight bat and was leg before.  Brooks got his third leg before with one that cut back at Bohannon.

Davies said: “I feel that we are the happier of the two teams. The morning session tomorrow is going to be massive because the mornings have been  tricky we need to get early wickets.  I think that we were unlucky  with a couple of decisions that didn’t go our way.  There is definitely going to be a result. We are going to put everything on the line to win.

I felt good today but I was frustrated not to make it a big one. This season I feel more confident after I lost my way last season. If we can come  away from here with a win, we can comeback after a week off refreshed for the last match.”

Tom Bailey finally got the scoreboard moving but after 33 minutes of resistance he got squared up by Matthew Waite and got an outside edge to Tattersall. 

The departure of Bailey brought Keshav Maharaj to the crease who got the Lancashire innings going and got them past Yorkshire.  He clipped Bresnan off his legs to the square league boundary to take Lancashire into the lead.   In Bresnan’s next over he pulled him into the West stand for a huge six. He flat batted the next ball to Brooks at mid off who dropped it.  

Danny Lamb who had been contended to stay at the non-strikers and leave Bailey to deal with the bowlers had waft at a wide ball from Bresnan but edged it to Tattersall. Both Graham Onions and Richard Gleeson followed Maharaj’s lead and had big swings.   Onions was clean bowled by  Waite in the process.

Maharaj hit his third six, which gave Lancashire their second batting point, when he clipped  Coad off his legs into the East stand.  Two balls later the Lancashire innings was wrapped when Maharaj went for another big hit this time over long but Patterson took a great tumbling catch in the deep.

Trailing by 43 Yorkshire lost their first wicket when Jeet  Ravel pushed forward at Bailey and was adjudged leg before.  Ravel just stood there mystified at the decision. In the next over played forward at Onions and edged it to Vilas. In the first over after tea Harry Brook played back to a ball that kept low from Bailey and lost his off stump.

Ballance edged Onions just wide off Brown at third slip.  Both he and Kohler-Cadmore dug in and grafted for their runs.  Ballance brought up the fifty partnership up when he pulled Lamb to the square leg boundary.  In Lamb’s next over Ballance produced two drives through extra cover which were the shot’s of the Yorkshire innings to take Yorkshire’s lead to 50.  He reached his fifty when he drove Onions to the deep mid wicket boundary.

Day 3

IN a crazy 33 minutes at the end of the third day Lancashire lost five wickets for 31 runs to put Yorkshire on the verge of victory which only the weather can deny them.

Jack Brooks took  two wickets and Ben Coad three.  Steven Croft was the first of the five wickets to fall.  He and skipper Liam  Livingstone looked to be taking Lancashire into the close of play without losing another  wicket after surviving a couple of leg before appeals.   Yorkshire skipper Steven Patterson brought Brooks back into the attack and everything happened. 

 First Croft pulled him to Jeet Raval at short mid wicket.  But Livingstone was the wicket that Yorkshire wanted before the close and Brooks was the man that got him.  He was squared up by Brooks, was late on his shot and lost his off stump.  Brooks celebrated by running halfway to the boundary.

Livingstone looked to be the man to take Lancashire too victory when he drilled Tim Bresnan straight to the mid on boundary for Lancashire’s shot of the day.  Patterson at the Football stand end got one to rise at him which took the shoulder of his bat and flew over the slips head’s to the boundary. 

Dane Vilas was comprehensively beaten by Coad and lost his off stump.  Two balls later Coad got his third wicket of his innings when he trapped Danny Lamb leg before. Tom  Bailey was his fourth victim when pushed at Coad and was bowled through the gate by one that nipped back. 

Patterson said: “Coad has had to wait for. a while for his opportunity and he has proved that he is ready.  The challenge four him is to see how he copes with the rigours of regular cricket.”

He added: “We felt that if we bowled with control that the pitch would give us a few chances.  On that pitch once you get one wicket you can get two or three quite quickly. Once Brooks gets it right he’s the best in the country and I am disappointed that he’s leaving us.”

Patterson continued: “It was a mad half hour but  I am delighted to be in the position where we are.  If you had offered me  this at start of the day I would have taken it but it’s not over yet, we don’t take anything for granted until we’ve take the last wicket.”

Needing 230 to win, the openers job was to see Coad and Brooks off and then the runs would come but Alex Davies got frustrated at not getting the ball away. So when Coad pitched a short ball outside off stump Davies decided to slash it  to the boundary but top edged it to Jonathan Tattersall.  Coad ended the day with four for 14.

Karl Brown played back to one that nipped back and kept low from Bresnan to give umpire Rob Bailey an easy decision to make.

Lancashire’s Graham Onions said: “We are a little angry and disappointed.  We are in the same position that we have put ourselves in before but full credit to Yorkshire they have shown a lot of character where we haven't shown enough character.  They’ve outplayed us for a couple of days.

We are missing a lot of key moments in the game that are putting us on the back foot and we are losing wickets in clusters. We haven’t got going and we’ve been out performed we are better players.  We have just got to put our hands up and say we haven’t been good enough.  I can’t believe that some of the players wern’t up for a Roses match.  But first division cricket is very good and there is no shame in being near the bottom.”

Yorkshire started the third day needing to bat as long as possible and to get a lead of 250 plus.  They managed to keep the Lancashire attack at bay for 58 minutes before losing a wicket.   Tom Kohler-Cadmore played down the wrong line to Keshav Maharaj and was leg before to one that was hitting leg stump. They added 148 in 44 overs but their partnership was worth more than as the pitch slowed and made scoring hard.

Kohler-Cadmore strong appeal on 46 off Bailey.  He brought up his fifty in the next over with thunderous four of Onions.  On 53  he had an expansive drive at Onions. Vilas, the slips and Onions went up for a catch but umpire Bailey was unmoved.

Maharaj picked up his second  leg before wicket when Gary Ballance tried to turn him to leg and was plum leg before.

On 14 Tattersall edged him for a four but was fortunate that Brown at slip started going to his right and had to change direction but could only get his fingertips to it. After 56 minutes of resistance Tattersall tried to chop down on Bailey but got an outside edge and Vilas took a tumbling catch.

In the first hour after lunch Lancashire dried the Yorkshire runs up as thge only scored 23 runs  in 16 overs and they lost the wicket Matthew Waite who was given out leg before to one that appeared to going down legside.

Lancashire thought they had dismissed Patterson for a golden duck as they all went up for a catch behind by Vilas.  Two balls later Patterson survived an appeal for leg before by Onions which looked more out than Waite.  Patterson was late on his shot and lost his off stump to Bailey.

Coad played a risky drive off Bailey through extra cover at catchable height but evaded everyone to reach the boundary and just about put the Yorkshire lead beyond Lancashire.

Brooks drove at Richard Gleeson but didn’t move his feet and edged it to Croft at slip who took a comfortable catch at waiste height.

Day 4

IT took Yorkshire 40 minutes on the the fourth morning to take the three remaining Lancashire wickets to win the 261st Championship Roses match by 95 runs to ease their relegation fears.

Jack Brooks took two of them and Ben Coad the other  one.  Coad finished the innings with five for 24 and Brooks finished with match figures  of nine for 113.  He took the first wicket of the morning when he speared the ball in at Keshav Maharaj’s leg stump.  The South African had started the morning in confident mood  by smashing the first ball of the day from Coad to the cover boundary.  

Six overs later Brooks sent Graham Onions’ off stump cartwheeling out of the ground with the last ball of his 15th over.  Fittingly it was  Coad who ended the match when Josh Bohannon drilled the next ball to Tim Bresnan at short mid mid wicket.

Yorkshire’s first X1 coach Andrew Gale said: “It was a massive game and both teams were under pressure but the way we bounced back after the first day showed a lot of character and to win by 95 runs was a great team effort. The that was successful has now started to break up because of the demands of contracts but the lads here have a great team spirit and if you have that you always have a chance, the llads get behind each other.

The key for us is that victory has given us confidence that hasn’t been there.  The partnership between Gary Ballance and Tom Kohler-Cadmore  on the third day was the key for us because it took the game away from Lancashire.  They held their hands up.”

He added: “Before the game we were worried about playing Coad.  He played in a second team match but he didn’t breeze through it.  The way that Brooks has played in this game is a testament to him, he could have taken it easy but he hasn’t.

The last thing we needed was to go to Worcester in a must win game.  We know what we are trying to achieve here but it’s going to take time but we’ve got to try to compete and keep our belief.”

Lancashire’ s Head coach Glenn Chapple said: “We knew before the game that we had to win this match, we have got ourselves in this position. To lose this game is disappointing because we had a good first day but we didn’t make enough runs or put Yorkshire under pressure.  They came back at us  and we were outplayed for the last two days.  The players in the dressing room are disappointed.   The lads have put in a lot of work this season so I’m not going to blame anyone.

Last season our middle order built partnerships but that hasn’t happened this season.  The middle order hasn’t fired  and a lot of players have had a poor season.  We will address the areas for the players to improve their game.  Everyone has to look at themselves.  It’s the coaches job  to do everything to help them. We have got to pick ourselves up.

In this division if you don’t have a good start to the season you end up at the bottom.  I would like more control over our players during the winter.  I want to build a better team.”

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