County Championship: Lancashire dominates Yorkshire on day one of Roses game

Steven Croft
Steven Croft shared a third wicket of 237 with Keaton Jennings
LV= County Championship Division One, Clean Slate Headingley (day one)
Lancashire 288-3: Jennings 150*, Croft 104; Thompson 2-52
Yorkshire: yet to beat
Yorkshire 1 pts, Lancashire 2 pts
match score

Keaton Jennings became just the second Lancashire player to post three hundred Roses in as many County Championship innings as he sustained a dominant opening day against Yorkshire at Headingley.

Jennings followed former English left-winger Geoff Pullar, who achieved the feat in 1959 and 1960.

The current Red Rose opener added this 150 out of 280, not off last season’s scores of 114 at Old Trafford and 132 here and was superbly supported by third wicket partner and fellow centurion Steven Croft (104).

The duo, who fell three times between them, shared 237 to get Lancashire back from 12-2 to a 288-3 late in the game of 96 overs.

After two wickets from Jordan Thompson, Croft’s eighth run took him to 9,000 at first-class level.

Yorkshire captain Steve Patterson won his fifth in a row and chose to play under overcast skies to start a First Division matchup involving James Anderson and Joe Root.

This was a day of effort-filled Roses cricket on a good batting field that looks like it will hold its own for four days.

Some of that didn’t pay off, as Yorkshire gave Jennings two clear chances at two and 70 and one for Croft at five.

This was also the former Durham Jennings man’s second 100 in as many games after last week’s 110 in the home draw against Warwickshire, his first appearance since early last August due to calf problems.

These are two counties that produce a number of high quality young players. Beaters Josh Bohannon and Harry Brook, for example, are chasing England Test call-ups under newly appointed head coach Brendon McCullum.

However, the two most experienced cricketers were at the center of their respective struggles.

Patterson from Yorkshire and Croft from Lancashire, aged 38 and 37 respectively, attacked with hammer and pincers.

After Thompson’s first wickets, Croft was launched on a recovery mission alongside Jennings, who Patterson tried to stop his misers.

Thompson scored first in the ninth over as Luke Wells fell behind Harry Duke before pinning Bohannon lbw by two with a yorker, leaving Lancashire in jeopardy early in 11 overs.

Jennings’ first postponement came between the two wickets, with Duke dropping him on Patterson’s first over.

His second came in the 70’s during the second half of the afternoon when he shone on a cut on Dom Bess and offered a tough chance for Adam Lyth on the slide.

Croft came in when Brook couldn’t hold a low effort on Tom Loten’s third seam slip.

The capture was certainly an area that ruined Yorkshire in 2022, although it remains undefeated alongside its rivals.

Lancashire reached lunch at 53-2 of 30 overs, but more than doubled in opening 15 after lunch, advancing to 127-2 after 45.

By that time, Jennings and Croft had reached their mid-century, a century-long partnership had been recorded, and Yorkshire bowlers had released the pressure valve as the limits came often.

Jennings was particularly strong square the wicket offside as he cut and guided confidently. Croft was also strong on the wicket, though he often pushed Haris Rauf’s pace to the limit.

Lancashire reached the tea at 187-2 of 64 overs, with Jennings 87 and Croft 81.

Jennings, 29, was stuck at 99 for 13 balls before doubling a leg-side single to hit the triple digits of 207 with 16 fours.

Croft later reached his second hundred of the season, also with 16 fours, 212 balls with a wide six-over from Root.

But he was arrested lbw by Rauf as Lancashire dropped to 249-3 in the 86th over.

Jennings then hit 150 with his last ball of the day.

Report provided by the ECB Reporters Network.

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