Jack Brooks a bittersweet saviour for Yorkshire in tense Roses battle

Yorkshire 209 and 127 for 3 (Ballance 53 *) leader Lancashire 252 (Davies 87, Brooks 5-66) track for 104 races
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Optimism I should carry a health warning in this Roses match. The importance of the game has overshadowed September's regrets and lured the followers of each side to an evanescent belief that their county could, in fact, prevail.

The dangers of such confidence became evident as Lancashire lost seven wickets for 93 runs in the first 40 overs of the day's play before eventually gaining a 43rd lead in the first inning. Then, as if to mock the pleasure of his own followers in what was a remarkable renaissance, Yorkshire delivered three cousin hitters before the deficit had cleared. But the final session brought a bit of balm to the anxieties of home fans, Gary Ballance and Tom Kohler-Cadmore made 100 uninterrupted runs with the quietest and safest batter of the game.

However, a statistical skeleton can not reflect the fluctuations of this second day nor can it adequately convey what is at stake in the game. If Lancashire loses, he will have to win his last game in Hampshire and hope that other results have not sealed his fate by then. If Yorkshire loses, they will have to win one of their last two games, either at home against Hampshire or outside Worcestershire; You will most likely need to win both. "I'm surprised to see you here again," said a member in Headingley's Long Room before the game began. "Well, you have also appeared", the just answer came

. Stoicism had nothing special about it; the long room was crowded. And at least those who appeared on this bright morning had some reward for their loyalty, though one with a bitter advantage. Five of the six portals that fell in the first 30 overs of the day were taken by Jack Brooks, whose obvious value for the Yorkshire attack made it even more painful for him to leave the county within a few weeks. Brooks, who was 34 in June, will join Somerset after accepting a three-year contract, twelve months longer than he offered in Headingley.

Yorkshire morning started perfectly when Karl Brown was caught on the side of the leg by Jonny Tattersall of Ben Coad's first ball of the day, but hopes that the Lancashire lead would stay below the three figures They were wrapped in caution before Brooks arrived at the Kirkstall Lane End. His first shutter, however, was a dirty affair. Receiving a wide ball off the stump, Steven Croft scored an ugly cut and was well taken advantage of in the second slip by Adam Lyth who pressed the ball to his stomach.

As encouraged by a piece of cricket that only Lyth emerged with much credit, Brooks settled into his work. Liam Livingstone lost his stump when he played crookedly in one that came out of the seam and that was the prelude to the trio of lbws that eliminated Dane Vilas, Alex Davies and Josh Bohannon. Each delivery tracked and hit the platform in line with the central stump; each batter could not cover the movement and was sent on his way by David Millns.

The morning, then, belonged to Yorkshire, but also, to some extent, to Davies, a cricketer who seems inspired by adversity. Lancer of Lancashire only scored 29 runs of 58 balls in the session, but each shot, either attack or defensive, was a challenge statement. Just before lunch he joined Bohannon, a player who is cut from a similar cloth, but Brooks dealt with both in the space of five overs after the restart and Lancashire had 175 by 6.

Supporters of sudden visit, While attending this game in large numbers, they realized that perhaps they did not have the comfort of any advantage in the first inning, but those concerns were largely dissipated by Keshav Maharaj, who threw six in the Kirkstall Lane stands and White Rose before hitting a third the limit in front of the long room. The 38 balls of Maharaj of 26 balls gave Lancashire a much smaller advantage than he could have imagined at the beginning of the day, but it seemed substantial enough when Jeet Raval, Adam Lyth and Harry Brook were eliminated by Tom Bailey and Graham Onions inside. of the first 13 overs of Yorkshire tickets.

Now there was more anxiety in the Long Room; Now there were more fears of another collapse at the wrong time of the season. The gradient of the game had changed again and now it seemed that Lancashire could be pursuing an insignificant total. But Kohler-Cadmore, who is in special form, joined Ballance and the pair defended skillfully against Onions and Bailey before taking a succession of limits from the supporters of Lancashire.

Ballance reached his fifty of 107 balls just before the close and the day ended with Yorkshire in the ascendant. But nobody is taking bets, it will last. Some prayers will be answered and others apparently ignored before this match takes place with us.

source:- espncricinfo.com

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