Yorkshire runs star Lyth ready to bowl Lancashire over

Adam Lyth and Adil Rashid celebrate reaching another milestone for Yorkshire

Adam Lyth and Adil Rashid celebrate reaching another milestone for Yorkshire

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DOUBLE centurion Adam Lyth has already played a significant part with the bat in Yorkshire's dominance of their Roses clash with Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.

But he expects to have to contribute with the ball as well as they push for victory during the final day.

Yorkshire are chasing a seventh LV= County Championship win, one which could take them 26 points clear at the top of Division One with two matches to play if Nottinghamshire slip up in their game at Durham.

But there is still work to do after Lancashire closed day three on 144-2 from 46 overs in their second innings, having reduced an overall deficit of 332 runs to 188.

"We're in a great position," admitted opener Lyth, who saw Bradfordian Adil Rashid make an unbeaten century before also striking with the ball late in the day.

"There's not much help for seam bowling out there but there's quite a bit for spinners. Hopefully Rash can keep bowling how he's bowling and get four, five or six wickets – and maybe I can pick up a couple at the other end."

This was a stellar day for Lyth even though he fell one run short of equalling the highest individual score in this fixture, Darren Lehmann's 252 at Headingley in 2001.

Lyth hit 251 off 446 balls as Yorkshire replied to their hosts' first-innings 278 with 610-6 declared from 164 overs, losing only one wicket in the first half of the day as Rashid also added an unbeaten 159 off 238.

The pair's sixth-wicket partnership of 296 inside 72 overs was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to statistics and records.

It was Yorkshire's highest-ever sixth-wicket alliance in all first-class cricket, while their total was the best by either side in Roses cricket.

Lyth also became Yorkshire's fourth double century-maker in the history of this fixture, joining Lehmann, Len Hutton and Morris Leyland.

Unfortunately for him, Lehmann's record remains intact after the 26-year-old opener chipped Stephen Parry's left-arm spin to mid-on.

Usman Khawaja later led Lancashire's response with 69 not out during a feisty end to the day which saw Andrew Gale exchange words with Lancashire batsman Ashwell Prince.

Ryan Sidebottom bowled Luis Reece for four and Rashid had Paul Horton caught and bowled on 49.

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