Old foes reunite for the first time this summer after a year apart they clash again as all eyes turn to Headingley for the Clash of the Roses. View From the Outfield brings you everything you need to know ahead of the big match.
Sunday 28th May 2016:
Specsavers County Championship:
The Big One:
Yorkshire v Lancashire:
Where? Headingley, Leeds
Last time they met?
Old Trafford August 31-September 3rd 2014 – Yorkshire won by an innings and 18 runs.
After winning the toss in Manchester, the hosts elected to bat first, and despite half-centuries from Luis Reece, Tom Smith and Ashwell Prince the Red Rose could only manage a below-par 278 all out. The experienced Ryan Sidebottom collected three wickets alongside the younger pair of Jack Brooks and Adil Rashid – who also collected three wickets apiece as the visitors looked to continue their climb to the title. In reply, opener Adam Lyth flayed the Lancashire attack around the park to reach 251 before falling to pick of the Red Rose attack Steven Parry (3-109). Lyth found good support from Rashid – who continued to enjoy some late season form striking an unbeaten 159 to guide his side to 610-6 declared. The leg-spinner capped his fine all-round display to finish with figures of 5-117 in the Lancashire second innings to bowl his side to a comprehensive success. Despite a century from Australian Usman Khawaja, the hosts fell 18 runs short of making the Tykes bat again and stumbled to another costly defeat, as the Red Rose would eventually descend back to Division Two.
Lancashire are enjoying their return to the top flight currently sitting at the summit of the County Championship Division One table 19 points ahead of their rivals Yorkshire who sit back in fourth place.
In all, Lancashire have played five games, winning three against Surrey, Hampshire and Nottinghamshire respectively, losing one and drawing the other with their bowling trifecta of Neil Wagner, Kyle Jarvis and Tom Bailey proving to particularly effective.
Yorkshire meanwhile. Have played five, winning once and drawing the rest. Whilst they haven’t hit the highs of last year yet, they remain unbeaten and stretching their home run to 19 without defeat at Headingley.
Yorks: Ballance, Bresnan, Brooks, Gale ©, Hodd (w/k), Leaning, Lees, Lyth, Patterson, Plunkett, Rashid and Rhodes
Lancs: To be announced,,,
Sunday: Sunny Intervals with highs of 18c
Monday: Cloudy with highs of 16c
Tuesday: Dark Clouds with highs of 15c
Wednesday: Cloudy with highs of 16c
Preview by David Bowden (@Bowdenwhu)
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