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Mahmood restricts Yorkshire total

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE
Headingley day one: Yorkshire 306-7 (stumps) v Lancashire


Sajid Mahmood took 4-61 as Lancashire restricted Yorkshire to 306-7 on an even first day of the Roses clash.

The fast bowler claimed two early wickets as Lancashire took the initiative after putting the hosts in.

But good counter-attacking knocks from batsman Jacques Rudolph (66) and wicket-keeper Gerard Brophy (59) ensured Yorkshire remained in touch.

They lost Adil Rashid for 43 late on, before reaching stumps on 306-7, having made the best of difficult conditions.

And, under murky skies, Mahmood claimed the wickets of Joe Sayers and Adam Lyth in his opening spell to hand Lancashire the initiative.

Rudolph's arrival at the crease saw Yorkshire pick up the pace as the home side looked to establish themselves in the 246th Roses clash.

But Anthony McGrath (45) soon edged Mahmood to Luke Sutton to leave the hosts on 94-3.

With Rudolph in fine form Steven Croft's intervention was timely and the Lancashire man struck when the South African offered a third catch of the day to Sutton.

Andrew Gale was not far behind, caught by Mal Loye off Gary Keedy for 32, as Yorkshire's resistance faltered.

Number seven Rashid survived a strong appeal for caught behind two balls later, but his partnership with Gerard Brophy came good in the evening session.

Brophy brought up a 65-ball half-century with his ninth boundary but, like Rudolph before him, succumbed when looking well set.

Mahmood, returning with the new ball, was again the wicket-taker, while catcher Sutton was also involved for the fourth time.

And the skipper took his fifth catch when Keedy made a vital late breakthrough, enticing a nick from Rashid in the penultimate over.




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