Yorkshire finish day one in charge against Lancashire

Yorkshire's Ryan Sidebottom took three wickets as his side gained the upper hand on the first day against Lancashire

Yorkshire's Ryan Sidebottom took three wickets as his side gained the upper hand on the first day against Lancashire

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YORKSHIRE are in control of the Roses match after a healthy opening day with both ball and bat against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford today.

Jack Brooks, Ryan Sidebottom and Adil Rashid all claimed three wickets as the Red Rose, reduced to 0-2 inside three balls of the match, posted a below-par total of 278 after electing to bat first.

Alex Lees and Adam Lyth then steadily progressed the White Rose reply to 61-0 from 19 overs before close, with Lees unbeaten on 36 and Lyth 25 not out.

Sidebottom sparked a frantic start to this eagerly-anticipated fixture, which sees Yorkshire going for the Championship title and Lancashire bidding to avoid relegation from Division One for the second time in three years.

He had Paul Horton trapped lbw with a big in-swinger two balls in and Usman Khawaja caught behind for a golden duck.

Lancashire rallied thanks to half-centuries for Luis Reece, Ashwell Prince and Tom Smith, although they look to be in the region of 50 runs shy of a par-total on a pitch which is expected to spin later on.

As Reece and Prince underpinned the recovery with a counter-attacking stand of 96 inside 23 overs for the third wicket, Brooks conceded 51 runs in his first eight overs, while Steve Patterson was also unusually expensive.

Brooks, however, recovered well to finish with figures of 3-64 from 16 overs.

Lancashire lost wickets to a number of loose shots. Prince was bowled reverse sweeping at Rashid’s leg-spin just before lunch and, after Sidebottom trapped Reece lbw two balls into the afternoon, others fell softly.

Alex Davies drove Rich Pyrah loosely to cover, where Jack Leaning took an excellent diving catch, while Tom Smith was caught behind driving expansively outside off against Brooks to fall in similar fashion to Khawaja.

Simon Kerrigan was the victim of a stunning catch by Lees running back from mid-on to help Rashid wrap up the innings.

Tim Bresnan, meanwhile, is missing this match due to a pectoral strain picked up during the last week.

Bresnan has been named in the England squad, along with Joe Root, to face India in a Twenty20 at Edgbaston on September 7.

Uncapped Jason Roy, of Surrey, has also been called up.

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