Draw takes Tykes top
Lancashire cling on for draw at Old Trafford
Last Updated: 01/07/10 7:49pm
Croft: Passed 500 runs for the summer
Yorkshire have moved to the top of the LV= County Championship table despite having to settle for a draw against fierce rivals Lancashire at Old Trafford.
Captain Jacques Rudolph set the hosts 305 to win from 68 overs after declaring his second innings on 215-7 at lunch on an enthralling final day.
And, even though the target was an achievable one for the Red Rose, Yorkshire closed in on victory thanks to three wickets apiece from Tino Best and Adil Rashid.
Best removed Stephen Moore, Simon Katich and Paul Horton to reduce Lancashire to 42-3 in the ninth over of their chase, and Rashid snared Tom Smith, Luke Sutton and Glen Chapple to reignite hopes of victory.
However, Steven Croft (85 not out) recorded his seventh half-century of the campaign as Lancashire closed on 192-7 from 63.4 overs.
Both sides have moved up the table - Lancashire into third - mainly because Nottinghamshire and Somerset have not played this week.
Lancashire left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan had earlier taken three of the four Yorkshire wickets to fall in the morning session to finish with figures of four for 77 from 24.
He trapped Anthony McGrath lbw for 57, bowled Rich Pyrah and had Best stumped by Sutton. Rashid finished unbeaten on 42 off 57 balls.
A career-best innings of 88 from Kyle Hogg helped Lancashire fight back in their County Championship match against Yorkshire at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Hogg and Luke Sutton shared a ninth-wicket partnership of 121 in 52 overs to ensure their side avoided the follow on, an outcome which appeared unlikely when they started the day 187 for six in reply to 447.
The pair came together with the score at 194 for seven and Hogg proceeded to smash 11 fours in his 140-ball stay at the crease before hitting Adil Rashid to Rich Pyrah in the covers.
Sutton (47 not out) was left stranded when Rashid (five for 90 from 38.5 overs) also claimed the final two wickets in the space of four balls as Lancashire were dismissed for 358.
It meant Yorkshire had to settle for a lead of 89 and they advanced that to 200 by closing on 111 for three from 41 overs of their second innings.
Opener Adam Lyth (29) missed the chance to become the first man to reach 1,000 Championship runs for the summer but Anthony McGrath (50 not out) remains unbeaten in a match that appears destined for a draw.
Yorkshire's spinners tied up Lancashire's top order at Old Trafford as the hosts ended day two on 187-6 - still 260 runs behind in the Rose battle.
Adil Rashid and Azeem Rafiq both claimed three wickets apiece for the Tykes, who had been bowled out in their first innings for 447.
Paul Horton top-scored for Lancashire with 63, sharing an opening stand of 94 with Stephen Moore (40) before both fell to Rashid.
The leg spinner also had Mark Chilton caught by stand-in skipper Jacques Rudolph at slip for seven before Rafiq took centre stage in the final hour.
The England Under 19 captain removed Steven Croft, Simon Katich, who made 32, and Simon Kerrigan in quick succession as the Red Rose county wilted from a relatively strong position of 169-3 to 182-6.
They still have plenty to do just to avoid following on after useful runs from Richard Pyrah (32) and Steve Patterson (27) had helped Yorkshire claimed maximum batting points by adding another 68 runs for the last two wickets.
In-form Yorkshire opener Adam Lyth hit a century as Yorkshire made a strong start to the Roses battle with Lancashire at Old Trafford.
Lyth, the top flight's leading run scorer with 953, scored exactly 100 to bag his third century of the summer as the visitors made 379-8 against their fierce rivals.
The 22-year-old left-hander reached 100 off just 122 balls with 17 boundaries but was out two balls later to Tom Smith.
Stand-in captain Jacques Rudolph made 83 off 153 balls and Anthony McGrath 61 off 136, but it should have been an even better day for Yorkshire as they lost six wickets for 74 runs in the evening session.
Four of them went to captain Glen Chapple in the space 26 balls and he finished with impressive figures of 4-60 from 23 overs.