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Prince edges Lancashire in front in Roses match

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY TWO: Lancashire 272-5 v Yorkshire
(Lancashire 2 pts, Yorkshire 1 pt)

Match scorecard

Ashwell Prince
Ashwell Prince has now hit 450 first-class runs in 12 innings this season

Gritty Lancashire batting just about gave the visitors the upper hand when the weather-hit 250th Roses match finally got under way at Headingley.

But a draw remains the most likely result after a first-day Leeds washout.

Having lost the toss, Yorkshire had to work hard for their wickets as Lancashire reached the close on 272-5.

South Africa batsman Ashwell Prince top-scored with 78 while three made it into the forties, the last of whom, Tom Smith, will resume unbeaten on 46.

Championship leaders Yorkshire showed one change from the side which drew with Hampshire at The Rose Bowl last week, Ajmal Shahzad, having been released by England, replacing Richard Pyrah.

No sooner had the 50 been raised by Lancashire openers Stephen Moore and Paul Horton than Yorkshire struck.

Oliver Hannon-Dalby got rid of Horton for 24 just when he was appearing well set, an edge to third slip being calmly taken by Adil Rashid.

The wicket proved to be Yorkshire's only success of the morning as Prince kept the scoreboard ticking over nicely with Moore, despite Rashid's leg-spin conceding only 18 runs in 10 overs up to the interval, when Lancashire had moved on to 99-1.

On the resumption, Moore was then comprehensively beaten by Shahzad who splayed his stumps for 43.

Prince completed an effortless 50 off 100 balls, showing deft footwork as he helped Mark Chilton (42) add 81 in 27 overs.

But Rashid claimed his first wicket by finding the edge of Chilton's bat. And, for the second time in the day, the interval brought Yorkshire a wicket, Prince falling soon after tea when paceman Steve Patterson's extra bounce surprised the South African, who gave a gentle catch to Rashid at short extra cover.

Yorkshire were clawing their way back into the game and, at 225, Steven Croft hit a high full toss from Rashid to mid-off where home skipper Andrew Gale made no mistake.

It was not until the 90th of the day's full allocation of 96 overs that Smith and Luke Sutton had to face the new ball but Lancashire managed to battle it out to the close in fading light.

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Roses match a first day wash-out
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