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Lancs take charge in Roses showdown; CRICKET.


TOM Bailey claimed three for six in 14 overs and Alex Davies hit a breezy 52 as Lancashire made a flying start to the LV= Insurance County Championship Roses fixture. New ball seamer Bailey was superb as Yorkshire were bowled out for 159 at tea in front of Emirates Old Trafford's first first-team crowd, of approximately 2,000, for 617 days.

Yorkshire slumped to 40 for seven before lunch, only for 19-year-old wicketkeeper Harry Duke to add respectability with a composed 52 off 120 balls on his second first-class appearance.

But opener Davies hit eight fours in 57 balls as Lancashire ended day one in total control at 95 for one from 31 overs, with this a fixture between Group Three's top two sides.

Lancashire started with a threepoint advantage after six games and are chasing a first Championship Roses win here since 2000.

Despite winning the toss for the sixth game in seven, Yorkshire were hurt by the late omission of linchpin batsman Gary Ballance due to a calf injury.

They were already without Joe Root and had to draft in inexperienced Will Fraine and George Hill.

Fraine was caught behind for a duck off a Saqib Mahmood beauty, but other pre-lunch dismissals were avoidable.

Adam Lyth was caught in the gully driving at Bailey, Harry Brook was run out from cover having been called through for a quick single by Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Dom Bess was caught in the gully cutting at Luke Wood.

Bailey also had Hill caught at second slip and, just before tea, Duke caught behind down leg pulling.

Lancashire, for whom Wood and Danny Lamb also struck twice, actually let Yorkshire off the hook.

They dropped a handful of catches, including Duke at leg slip as he turned Matthew Parkinson around the corner to secure his 50th run.

He shared 77 for the ninth wicket with Steve Patterson, who made 27, before last pair Ben Coad and

Duanne Olivier added 38 from 121 for nine. Coad finished unbeaten on 32.

But home openers Davies and Keaton Jennings put Yorkshire's performance into context in good batting conditions - pace in the pitch and true bounce - with a stand of 71 inside 19 overs.

Davies reached his fifth 50 of the season off 53 balls before being caught behind down leg off Olivier. Jennings will begin day two today on 22.


Alex Davies in action for Lancashire against Yorkshire at Old Trafford yesterday

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Date:May 28, 2021
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