Lancashire 105 for 0 (Davies 57 *) trail Yorkshire 209 (Kohler-Cadmore 105 *, onions 4-76) for 104 runs
Around half an hour Before the start of this match of Roses among the candidates for relegation, Graham Onions was crowned by Lancashire. Two years ago, it must have seemed inconceivable to the skilled fast and middle bowling pitchers to wear a county badge on the field, except for Durham.
Then came the great "saving" of the ECB of that county, a so benevolent and farsighted exercise that resulted in many players leaving the Riverside. When offered a one-year contract by Durham last September, Onions opted for the longest contract offered by Lancashire and marked his new honor by taking 4 for 76 since Yorkshire was fired by 209 on an afternoon when the anxieties in the Kirkstall Lane End deepened a coastal shelf.
But Onions did not have things their way on the opening day of this game. He was denied for long periods and was hit by several fine limits by Tom Kohler-Cadmore, another cricketer who is walking on the road less traveled. A couple of summers ago, Kohler-Cadmore looked like a fixture in Worcestershire, a county that appreciates the loyalty of its Academy graduates. However, he played his junior cricket in Yorkshire and returned to Headingley in the middle of last season, a decision for which local fans had reason to be grateful when the Kohler-Cadmore campaign on Onions took him to his second century in innings. successive .
But the recovery of Yorkshire was a qualified matter and the next couple of days may establish its inadequacy. The modest total of the home team was put into perspective during a session of 35 matches at night, when Alex Davies and Karl Brown put 105 uninterrupted for the first wicket of Lancashire. Davies gave Adam Lyth a chance in second slip when he had done 36, but otherwise he and his partner enjoyed calm and gentle seas, following the breeze.
Such conditions were probably welcome to Brown, whose batting often recalls the style of football played by West Ham United in the mid-1970s; It is attractive but ineffective. In fact, a month ago, Brown could not have foreseen that he would have this opportunity, but before a Yorkshire attack that had no incision, he ducked his head and was unbeaten at 43. Davies had not left and it had been Lancashire Day in a degree that even David of Blackpool, his most optimistic admirer, could hardly have imagined.
But the prosperity of Lancashire in a game that they surely need to win was based on the excellence of their three sealers. After Onions had torn the stump of the Jeet Raval in the tenth of the day, Tom Bailey took three terrains with the new ball when the reflectors were on and this Headingley throw was more animated.
For the first hour or so, the Yorkshire hitting was marked by vulnerability and doubt. Harry Brook surrendered without a fight; his load outside the stump was not in line with the demands of the game. Lyth fought for an hour, but finally stopped Dane Vilas and left shaking his head disappointed by the decision of Rob Bailey. Finally, Gary Ballance was leg before a full-length ball that was trying to work on the side.
Kohler-Cadmore joined Jonny Tattersall and the pair repaired the innings with a 105-race spot for the fifth wicket, Tattersall contributed a 33 admirably resolved. But the loss of those four starting blocks for 33 runs in 16.5 overs was a blow and Yorkshire could not fully recover. Onions took care of that in the afternoon session by taking three fields in 13 balls, the most significant of which was Tattersall, who was one leg before wicket when he was looking to play on the leg.
Tim Bresnan and Matthew Waite followed him by ducks in barely the time a man takes between sips of a pint of Landlord and Yorkshire by Timothy Taylor was 144 by 7. Steve Patterson and Ben Coad then played useful short entries and Kohler- Cadmore came to his final 121-ball century during a last wicket position of 22 with Coad. But Richard Gleeson made a good debut after his move from Northamptonshire by throwing his outswingers in an attack length and if that brought him any punishment he also brought him the last three fields.
As for the onions, he left the Headingley field after taking his total of land for the Championship this summer to 55. It has been another good season for him. Anyway, maybe on some occasion, he looked around and wondered why he was not playing bowling at Finchale End and where Rushy and Colly had suddenly disappeared.