ROSES Match Lancashire v Yorkshire

ROSES Match Lancashire v Yorkshire  at Od Trafford July 22-25th

Neil Whitaker reports

Day 1

THE first day of the Roses match at Emirates Old Trafford should have belonged to 27 year old all rounder Jordan Clark who contributed to six Yorkshire wickets but it will be remembered for the day when 19 wickets fell.

The plus side for Lancashire was the performance in the field of Clark.  The downside for Lancashire was their wowful batting performance losing eight wickets for 63 runs in 16 overs four of them in eight balls without scoring. 

Not only did Clark take the first hat trick in a Championship Roses match for fifty years, take the first Roses hat trick at Emirates Old Trafford but he took his first five wicket Championship haul and he also ran Tim Bresnan out.

His hat trick victims weren’t mugs. Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Jonny Bairstow, between them they have scored 30,372 first class runs. First to go in the hat trick was Root who  missed a full and straight ball from Clark and was leg before.  Williamson was leg before to the next ball that came back at him.  Bairstow drove the next ball without moving his feet and found Buttler at third slip.  Clark then set off on a run to third man closely followed by his teammates.

Clark said: “I was over the moon, I was happy to get my first wicket never mind the hat trick ball but we under performed with the bat.  To get a hat trick with any players is good but to get those three was special.  When I ran in with the third ball I tried to put it where I had the previous two. I didn’t plan to take an hat trick but when it’s your day it’s your day. I won't forget about it in a hurry.

It’s a really good cricket wicket.  We got out to good balls and poor decision making but tomorrow we’ve got an opportunity to put it right, we’ve got the bowlers who can put it right.”

The last hat trick in a Roses match by a Lancashire was at Headingley in 1968 by Ken Higgs.

After lunch he was brought back into the attack and ran Bresnan out. Clark was driven firmly back by Adam Lyth but Clark managed to flick the ball on to the stumps and unfortunately for Bresnan he had backed up too far.

Clark said: “I went for a return catch and the ball hit the inside of my palm and on to the stumps.”

He got his fourth wicket when he was brought back in to the attack in the second over after tea when Jack Brooks  chipped him to Haseeb Hameed at extra  cover.  Four overs later he wrapped the Yorkshire innings up when he squared Ben Coad up and hit his off stump.

With a water shortage in the north west play was delayed by 45 minutes because of rain and four overs were lost.   Yorkshire wanted to bat and risked having a toss which they won and decided and decided to bat. Both teams had their  England players on duty apart from Adil Rashid and David Willey for Yorkshire.

But openers Lyth and Harry Brook couldn’t get James Anderson and Tom Bailey away in particular Bailey who after conceded a single from his first ball didn’t have a run scored off him for 26 balls.  Both Anderson and Bailey must have thought that it would be only a matter of time before they would get a breakthrough but they didn’t  it was first change Graham Onions who struck with his second ball.  Brook tried to leave it but got an inside edge and lost his off stump.

In the fifth over after lunch former  skipper Gary Ballance shouldered arms to Onions and was bowled.  Present skipper Steven Patterson must have driven the Lancashire bowlers to distraction as he kept backing away  but the ball missed either the edge of his bat or the stumps. Earlier in his innings Clark got one to rise at Patterson but he hung around with Lyth adding 45 in 12 overs before  he went down on one knee to Bailey  Caribbean style and edged him to Keaton  Jennings at first slip.

The one Lancashire player that the Lancashire fans had come to see finally got a wicket when Lyth tried to work Anderson off his legs and edged him to Jennings.  Lyth who top scored with 70 batted for 184 minutes and faced 112 balls. 52 minutes earlier he had brought his fifty with a cover drive for four off Onions.

Both Jennings and Alex Davies were batting confidently and the runs had started to flow when Jennings pulled Bresnan and it looked to have four written on it but he found Root at short mid wicket who took a spectacular one handed catch diving to his left.

Former England opener Haseeb Hameed left one from Patterson and was bowled, the fourth consecutive time he has been dismissed without playing a shot. Two balls later Dane Vilas was leg before on the front foot.

Jos Buttler “flaffed at one down legside by Bresnan and Bairstow took the catch.

Davies reached his fifty from 72 balls with 10 fours but in the over after reaching his fifty he tried to leave one from Ben Coad that grazed his glove and Bairstow took the catch.

Two balls later Bailey left one that touched the off bail.  After a dot ball Coad finished the over with another wicket when he squared Onions up and bowled him with one that kept low.

Clark pulled Brooks to Bresnan on the deep square leg boundary.  The Lancashire innings ended when Anderson wrapped on the pads by a full ball from Brooks and skipper Livingstone was unable to bat because of a fractured thumb sustained during fielding.

Patterson said: “We’re quite where we wanted to be but at the end of the day we’ve got a lead of 90 and hopefully we can better in the second innings.  We show our character when we are up against it, after a struggle we show what we are capable of.  If we comeback tomorrow we’ll be in a strong position.”

Day 2

A SIXTH wicket partnership of 80  between Lancashire’s Jos Buttler and Tom Bailey took this Roses match into a third day with Yorkshire needing four wickets or three if Liam Livingstone doesn't bat and Lancashire 129 short of victory.

Bailey said: “It’s been a mixed bag really.  Before the game we would have been happy to bowl Yorkshire out  for what we did but we’re not happy with the way we batted in the first innings and today.  They are very talented players but as a collective they haven’t been able to get the runs.  I didn’t bowl as well as I wanted.  I still feel that it’s a decent wicket.

For the second day running Yorkshire were bowled out in less than 60 overs.  On the first day they were  bowled out in just over 57 overs and today they were dismissed  in less overs but actually scored more runs.  Jonny Bairstow top scored with 82 receiving valuable support from Harry Brook who hit 55 in a fourth wicket partnership of 133 in 20 overs.

Bairstow looked like he was batting on different pitch to the others  but it could have been different if Matt Parkinson had not dropped him on 22. Bairstow chipped Graham Onions to Parkinson at mid on who dived forward and to his left but as he fell he spilled the ball.   Bairstow said: “I had a bit of luck with that.”  After that he didn’t look in any difficulty at all.  He  pulled a short ball from Keaton Jennings to the boundary then completed his half century with a sharp single off the next.  In the next over he cut James  Anderson over the heads of Jennings and Jordon Clark at first and second slip to the boundary.

Bairstow said: “We’ve got a decent opportunity to win the game tomorrow but its still a long way to go. We’ve got a huge challenge in front of us.  Harry was outstanding and he was very impressive against a good Lancashire attack.”

The partnership was broken when Brook, who passed 500 first class runs during his knock, was strangled down the leg side by Bailey and give stumper Dane Vilas his fourth  out of six victims during the innings.  Brook’s fifty was his third championship fifty of the season.

After losing Brook, Bairstow was soon joining him back in the hutch.  Onions made good use of his bowling crease went a little wider and Bairstow sliced his drive to Buttler at backward point.

Again Yorkshire’s top order failed to fire.  This time Adam Lyth joined the failures of Joe Root and Kane Williamson.  They lost their first second innings wicket in the second over when Onions angled one across Lyth who got a feather touch on it to Vilas.

Root was caught in no mans land to Anderson and  got an outside edge to give Vilas his second catch.  Williamson tried and failed to pull his bat away from Onions and Vilas got his third catch.

Three overs after Bairstow’s departure Gary Ballance became Vilas fifth victim to be be strangled down the leg side, this time the bowler was Bailey.

The seventh wicket partnership of 41 in 10 overs between Steven Patterson and Tim Bresnan batted Lancashire out of the game.  When the sixth wicket fell with the lead of only 253 Lancashire would have fancied their chances of dismissing Yorkshire for 200 but thanks to dogged determination and good fortune Bresnan and Patterson stood firm until Bresnan was bowled by one that Clark speared in at him and sent Bresnan’s middle stump cartwheeling out of the ground.

Patterson who remained unbeaten on 45,  backed away from Clark and edged him just wide of Jennings at first slip and the ball raced to the boundary.  Bailey said: “Patterson is a typical tailenderr slogger and it’s frustrating bowling at him. Hopefully I can do the same to him tomorrow.”

Jack Brooks went down the wicket to the leg spinner Parkinson to hit him out of the ground missed the ball and gave Vilas a stumping.

Josh Poysden  pushed forward at Parkinson who took his edge and Haseeb Hameed at forward short leg took a good overhead catch running backwards.

Jordan squared Ben Coad up and hit his off stump.

Needing 323 to win  Alex Davies brought up the fifty partnership with Jennings with a straight drive that was so straight that the stumps at the bowlers end but it still reached the boundary.  Two balls later Davies was adjudged leg before though he indicated that he had hit it.

Haseeb Hameed got off the mark with cover drive to the boundary and whipped Patterson off his legs to the mid wicket boundary. In the next over he played a delightful late cut off Bresnan to the third man boundary. He thumped the next ball more squarer to the boundary.  Hameed smeared Poysden over cow corner for the first six of the match and bring up the Lancashire hundred.

Hameed easily reached his highest championship score of the season  but he became the third Lancashire batsman to reach 30 and get out.  Patterson got one to rise and took the glove of Hameed to Bairstow.

Lancashire lost their second wicket when Jennings pushed forward at Coad and was plum  leg before.

Vilas managed to get off the pair with a  scrambled single off Coad but he didn’t get any more.  In the next over he became on loan signing Poysden’s first Yorkshire victim when he pushed forward at the leg spinner and the ball was hitting leg.

Two balls after Hameed’s departure Clark edged Patterson to Bairstow who took a low catch  diving forward.

On nine Bailey flashed hard at Bresnan and it evaded Lyth at second slip and raced to the boundary.

Buttler smashed a rank long hop from Poysden over deep mid wicket for a six to bring up his fifty.  His fifty came from 54 balls with seven fours and that six in 77 minutes. With eight balls remaining in the day and Buttler top edged a sweep of Root to Williamson at leg slip.

Bailey said: “To lose Jos at the end has dampened the mood in the dressing room.  When you bat with him he has a calming effect on you at the other end.”

Day 2

IT took Yorkshire 40 minutes to wrap up their 118 runs victory in the 260th Championship Roses match and Joe Root took three of the four wickets to fall.

Root, who took the last Lancashire wicket when James Anderson tried to sweep him, missed and was leg before, took career best bowling figures of four for five in 7.4 overs.  He took the first wicket of the morning with the first ball when he angled one across Graham  Onions who edged it to Jonny Bairstow.

Matt Parkinson, whose drop of Bairstow 21, could make two before he pushed forward at Root and edged him to Adam Lyth at slip.

Tom Bailey was caught on the crease and was leg before to Steven Patterson five short off his fifty and to everyone’s amazement with Lancashire needing  119 to win skipper Liam Livingstone came out to bat with a broken thumb but he didn’t face a ball as Root wrapped the match up in the next over .

Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale said: “We needed a win and we needed a response after the defeat at Scarborough to Surrey.  We didn’t play well here but we did enough to get over the line. I thought Harry Brook’s knock in the second innings was outstanding the way he and Bairstow put the game beyond them.. I thought Lyth’s knock  in the first was also outstanding. 

We’ve got four home games out of six left so we are confident of staying up.  We know the areas we need to improve on and if we do we’ll be up.”

Two and half hours after the defeat Lancashire head coach Glenn Chappell emerged from the dressing room and said: “It’s been a strange game.  In Yorkshire’s first innings we had them at 86 for six and it was a great effort from their tail we were in a similar position but our tail didn’t do the same.  We were doing well in our second innings and then we were unlucky with three umpiring decisions.  The pitch was playing well yesterday and we had a good opening partnership but the main decisions went against us and we weren't able to chase the runs down.

Our results haven’t gone our way and we can identify where we have gone wrong. The lads are in good spirits and they have got good records.  We needed to build partnerships and build scores.”

To add insult to injury Lancashire were deducted a point for a slow over rate.  Before play started Lancashire awarded county caps to Jos Buttler, Dane Vilas and Keaton Jennings.

Root angled his first ball of the morning and found Onions’ edge.

Parkinson pushed forward at Root and edged him to Lyth at slip.