Match Preview: Lancashire vs Yorkshire, LV= Insurance County Championship

Match Preview: Lancashire vs Yorkshire, LV= Insurance County Championship

LV= Insurance County Championship, Division One, Monday September 5 – Thursday September 8, 2022, 10.30am, Emirates Old Trafford 

Lancashire return to Championship action following a successful month of Royal London Cup cricket, the county reaching the final of that competition.

The Red Rose beat Sussex in Tuesday’s semi-final at Hove to set up a September 17 final against Kent at Trent Bridge.

First of all, Hove match-winner Dane Vilas and his side will be aiming to keep alive their hopes of winning the double.

No denying it, that is a long shot given Lancashire, with three games remaining, trail Division One leaders Surrey by 34 points. 

Lancashire will realistically need three wins, including against Surrey in the final week of the summer at Emirates Old Trafford, and hope for a favour or two from elsewhere.

Surrey are top on 209 points, Hampshire are second on 193 and Lancashire have 175. 

The first of our three remaining games comes against the old enemy, Yorkshire.

While the Red Rose have won five of 11 games so far, the White Rose have only won one in 10 and are looking over their shoulders at a late season relegation battle.

Opponents 

The season started off so promisingly for Yorkshire, who won their opening game against Gloucestershire in April. But they then went on a run of five successive draw.

Yorkshire have had a number of bowling injuries to contend with plus – like Lancashire – the regular England unavailability. 

They have lost three of their last four games to leave themselves with work to do in September.

With four games remaining, they are sixth in the table and only 19 points clear of second-bottom Somerset.

Jonny Tattersall will take charge of his first red ball game as Yorkshire captain, the wicketkeeper batter leading the side during the recent Royal London Cup, which saw the Vikings knocked out in the group stage.

Tattersall has taken over from veteran seamer Steve Patterson, who resigned in late July after their last fixture – a defeat against Hampshire at Scarborough. 

Patterson has not been offered a new contract to remain at Headingley, so he opted to step down with immediate effect. He is expected to remain in the team as an important part of the bowling attack.

Gary Ballance could come into contention for his first game of the season after making a public apology for his part in the Azeem Rafiq racism affair.

Whether fellow batter Harry Brook plays depends on his involvement in England’s final Test plans for the Oval against South Africa.

He is their leading run-scorer with 967, including three hundreds.

Seam bowling all-rounder Jordan Thompson is their leading wicket-taker with 36. 

He has been taking the new ball and has just enjoyed a superb Hundred campaign with London Spirit.

Opposing player to watch 

Ben Coad has been a huge miss for Yorkshire this season, the new ball seamer only playing one Championship game so far due to a reoccurring right groin injury.

Coad made his seasonal debut in Yorkshire’s last Championship game, a defeat against Hampshire at Scarborough in late July and took four wickets. He has since played in the Royal London Cup, taking eight wickets in as many games. 

This week will be the 28-year-old’s 50th first-class match, and he needs four wickets to reach the 200-mark in his career.

He has taken 22 wickets in six Roses career Championship games, including hauls of 6-25 and 5-24.

Previous meeting 

In May, Yorkshire held on for a Championship draw at Headingley in a game dominated by the Red Rose, for whom Keaton Jennings scored a superb first-innings 238 – the county’s highest individual score in Roses cricket.

Lancashire racked up 566-9 in the first innings, also including Steven Croft’s 104, with him and Jennings sharing 237 for the third wicket from 12-2 on the first morning.

Joe Root made 147, but Yorkshire were made to follow-on having been bowled out for 379. Matt Parkinson claimed an excellent 4-90 from 38.5 overs.

Yorkshire started their second innings just before midday on day four, 187 runs behind with a minimum of 85 overs remaining.

Adam Lyth, Dawid Malan and Root fell inside the first 22 either side of lunch, the latter two to Jimmy Anderson as the score fell to 45-3. 

But Harry Brook’s fine form continued with an unbeaten 82, helping Yorkshire reach 169-6 from 78 overs to seal the draw.

Lancashire took 13 points from their third draw to add to two victories.

What they said

Dane Vilas has called for more of the same from his Lancashire side.

Vilas, back at the captaincy helm after taking a backseat in the Royal London Cup, believes the quality of cricket the Red Rose have produced this year has deserved more reward.

They missed out on the Vitality Blast title by a whisker in July and have only been thwarted so far in the Championship by the excellence of Hampshire and leaders Surrey. 

But Vilas and co will keep battling on, hoping that good performances do eventually turn into prizes. 

Ahead of the Yorkshire game, he said: “We’re chasing Surrey and Hampshire, and whenever we seem to do well they seem to do a bit better. “We’ve just got to keep believing. 

“We know that if we win three games, we put ourselves in with a chance. 

“It’s nice that we’re still fighting in these competitions. 

“We have played some outstanding cricket all year. 

“If we finish off this season playing as we have, it will put us in good stead – not only for the back end of this year, but for next as well.

“We have a good squad filled with guys who are playing really well.

“We deserve a lot more, but we just need to keep fighting.

“It’s so tight, and you can’t afford to slip up. But, at the same time, we don’t want to be forced into trying things that we’d never do. We just have to try our best and whatever will be will be.

“It’s always nice to play against Yorkshire, especially at Emirates Old Trafford.”

How’s Stat! 

Lancashire have had the upper hand in Roses cricket this season, going unbeaten across five fixtures to date. This is the sixth and final one of 2022.

We have drawn the aforementioned one in the Championship, won two and tied one in the Vitality Blast and won one in the Royal London Cup.








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