Red Rose left staring relegation in the face

Keshav Maharaj
Keshav Maharaj

Lancashire’s Roses defeat at Headingley this morning pushed them into the relegation places as Yorkshire took a giant step towards safety in Division One.

The White Rose county comfortably defended a target of 230 to beat the Red Rose by 95 runs and leave them in grave danger of relegation.

Lancashire were bowled out for 134 in their chase within the first 40 minutes of day four and now have only one game remaining and are now second bottom.

Ben Coad finished five for 24 from 15.1 overs, while Jack Brooks added four in the innings and nine in the match.

Lancashire will be mightily frustrated at letting a position of strength in this game slip, and they have not won a Roses Championship match since 2011 – a run of eight fixtures, of which Yorkshire have won five.

Old Trafford coach Glen Chapple said: “Going into the last few games of season, we knew we had to win games. We’ve got ourselves into a position in the table that was precarious through losing close games.

“This one is disappointing because we had such a good first dayl. To not hammer that advantage home is frustrating. We didn’t make enough runs and force Yorkshire into enough pressure.”

At the end of day one, Lancashire were 105 without loss replying to Yorkshire’s first-innings 209. From then on, the White Rose dominated the game on the way to a fourth win from 12 in Division One this season.

Having started their chase of 230 immediately after tea on day three, Lancashire had reached 66 for two before slipping into disarray at 95 for seven.

Coad claimed four for 14 from 10 overs, including his second, third and fourth scalps in an eight-ball spell.

That left Josh Bohannon and Keshav Maharaj with a mountain with an unenviable task at the start of day four.

Maharaj fell in the fourth over of the morning when bowled by Brooks for 18, leaving Lancashire at 122 for eight in the 42nd.

Brooks claimed his fourth wicket of the innings when he bowled Graham Onions at the end of the 48th over before Coad wrapped things up by getting Bohannon sharply caught at mid-wicket by Tim Bresnan at the second attempt at the start of the 49th – two wickets in two balls.