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Yorkshire batters hold out against Lancashire in County Championship

Yorkshire batters hold out against Lancashire in County Championship: Lancashire’s hopes of winning the County Championship title are virtually over as their bid for a Roses win on the final day was thwarted by a formidable Yorkshire batting display at Emirates Old Trafford. The Red Roses set Yorkshire an improbable victory target of 302 in as little as 84 overs and then reduced it to 67-3 inside 35 overs.

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But Tom Koehler-Cadmore, who won a hundred with Trent Rockets on Saturday, let the home side down with an innings of 34 not out from 159 balls.

Yorkshire finished on 102-3 in the 64th over when rain stopped play at 16:10 BST.

Both sides claim 13 points, and Lancashire is 21 behind the leaders, having played a game more than Surrey, while sixth-placed Yorkshire is now 25 adrift of second-placed Warwickshire. Both of them still have three games left.

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Lancashire opened the game at 77 in 10 overs, with Dan Velas getting 28 and George Lavalle leading spinners Dom Bess and Jonny Tattersall to declare their second innings at 280-5.

Steven Croft remained unbeaten on 45 before his bowling partners had to make do with a cautious Yorkshire top order that did not relish the prospect of chasing down the target.

Yet Adam Leith and George Hill both fell prey to loose drives as the visitors slipped to 26-2 inside 17 overs.

Yorkshire batters hold out against Lancashire in County Championship

Leith was caught behind the seam by Will Williams before Hull was well taken by Villas diving at second slip on Tom Hartley’s left-arm spin.

Yorkshire, 30-2 at lunch, came out with more intent after the break. It didn’t mean they were going after runs, but they were defending with more conviction and trying to get any bad balls away.

By this time, they were facing the spin double of Hartley and Matt Parkinson.

Kohler-Cadmore and impressive debutant opener Finn Bain shared 41 runs and took a leg-side boundary off Parkinson early in the session.

But it was Hartley who broke again when Beane, on 25, got behind a ball that went out for 67 for three in the 35th over.

Then came the key partnership that resulted in the game.

So far, the runs have had no results. It was only batting time for Yorkshire, led by Koehler-Cadmore and Will Frain, the fourth-wicket pair who put on 35 runs in 30 overs.

Frein hit an unbeaten 18 off 83 balls, and just 40 minutes of play remained after tea before rain forced an early end to a hard-fought Roses fixture.

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