Headingley is the stage for the first Roses match of the season as Yorkshire take on their fiercest rivals Lancashire in the Division One County Championship. Heading into the final days play on Wednesday Lancashire look to hold the advantage against table topping Yorkshire in what is set up to be a fantastic finale.
Day one was frustrating for both sides as only 28 overs were bowled due to the inclement weather after Yorkshire won the toss and decided to field first with Lancashire progressing to 87-2 by the close.
Day two saw Lancashire post a competitive first innings total of 325, largely thanks to half centuries by Paul Horton (66) and Tom Smith (54). Yorkshire's impressive bowling attack once again bowled well with Liam Plunkett (4-74) and Jack Brooks (5-90) looking to further impress the England selectors after starting the season in tremendous form. Neither side would have been too unhappy by the close of play on day two with Yorkshire's openers negotiating a tricky spell at the end of the day without any loss of wickets.
It was on day three that the game really moved on at pace as Yorkshire were dismissed for 243 with only Adam Lyth (50) and skipper Andrew Gale (95*) posting innings of note. Gale was left stranded after Yorkshire's middle and lower-order folded with Lancashire's Tom Smith (5-49) continuing his all-round impressive match.
Despite England's Tim Bresnan producing a blistering spell of 3-9 late on, to leave Lancashire on 48-3 in their second innings, it was Lancashire who will be heading into day four with more than just an eye on victory. They will be hoping to post a total of at least 300 for Yorkshire to chase but will no doubt be wary of Yorkshire as they are not top of the table for no reason.
The final day is set up fantastically with all three results still possible and the only hope is that the weather does not ruin what looks to be a great finish.
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