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Yorkshire move out of drop zone

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Old Trafford, final day:
Lancashire 231 & 29-3 drew with Yorkshire 400-6d


Yorkshire hauled themselves out of the relegation zone in the Championship by taking 12 points from their draw against Lancashire at Old Trafford.

They gave their Roses rivals a scare this afternoon by reducing them to 29-3 as Lancashire tried to bat out a minimum 51 overs for the draw.

Lancashire finally finished on 104-3 three when bad light stopped play with 16 overs left in the day's allocation.

Hampshire now replace Yorkshire in the drop zone, keeping company with Surrey.

Yorkshire bagged the maximum five batting bonus points as they smoothly converted their overnight 234-2 to 400-6 before declaring.

Andrew Gale completed a fine 136 and Jacques Rudolph also hit 54.

When captain Darren Gough called his batsmen in just after lunch Tim Bresnan was unbeaten on 47 from 79 balls.

It was always going to be a long shot for Yorkshire to claim a third win of the campaign due to the lack of time they left themselves to take 10 wickets.

But they gave it a spirited shot, and Lancashire a nervy afternoon, as Matthew Hoggard removed Iain Sutcliffe for four.

Stuart Law proceeded to top-edge a ball from Bresnan and Gough, one of four men catching on the leg-side, completed the formalities at short mid-on to leave Lancashire reeling at 23-2.

It got worse when first-innings tormentor-in-chief Adil Rashid, the 20 year-old leg-spinner, got in on the act when he bowled Francois du Plessis.

But Lancashire opener Paul Horton - his side's best batsman this year - led the counter-punch, finishing with an unbeaten 69.




see also
Yorkshire build slender advantage
14 Aug 08 |  Counties
Yorks seize advantage over Lancs
13 Aug 08 |  Counties


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