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Last Updated: Friday, 19 August 2005, 16:47 GMT 17:47 UK
Roses match peters out to a draw
County Championship D2, Old Trafford, day four, (close): Yorkshire 417 & 323-6dec drew with Lancashire 537
Lancashire 11pts, Yorkshire 11pts

The Roses match finished tamely in a draw after Yorkshire batted out the final day to reach 323-6.

Resuming their second innings on 71-0, still 49 behind Lancashire's 537, openers Matthew Wood and Joe Sayers extended their partnership to 118.

Sayers fell to spinner Gary Keedy two short of fifty, but Anthony McGrath hit three fours and a six in his 57.

Skipper Craig White hit a patient 66 from 190 balls, declaring with his team 203 ahead, and a draw was then agreed.

Keedy conceded 17 from his first over, with two boundaries for Sayers and eight byes.

He was fortunate to dismiss the left-hander when a drive spooned up off Andrew Symonds at short-leg and was caught by keeper Warren Hegg.

The home side had hopes of victory when Yorkshire were 177-4, only 57 ahead, but McGrath and White shared 104 in 41 overs to blunt their ambitions.

McGrath, who struck an impressive straight six, fell after tea to an outstanding catch by Dominic Cork at square-leg, but had done enough to ensure his team's survival.

With 40 minutes of the match remaining, and with a view to long journeys for both team's ahead of Saturday's C&G semi-finals, all parties opted for a draw.

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