Left-arm swing bowler Paul Hutchison claimed an early wicket for Yorkshire in the Roses match at Headingley today.

But Lancashire still got off to a rapid start after winning the toss and deciding to bat first on a humid and overcast morning.

Matthew Hoggard, who was making his Roses championship debut along with Pudsey Congs team-mate James Middlebrook, soaked up a lot of punishment in his opening spell in which he was repeatedly no-balled and Lancashire were 57 for one after only seven overs of action-packed cricket.

Hoggard was struck for two fours in his second over by John Crawley but Hutchison then hit back by getting Yorkshire-born Nathan Wood, son of Barry, to edge to second slip where skipper David Byas clung on to the catch.

Neil Fairbrother got off the mark with a four to third man off Hoggard who suffered again as Crawley cover drove him to the boundary.

There was plenty of bounce off the pitch and movement through the air and four-leg byes were signalled when a short ball from Hutchison hit Fairbrother on the helmet and raced away to the fence.

It was turning into a nightmare for Hoggard who bowled another no-ball to Crawley which he sliced over third man for six, meaning that eight runs had come off the delivery.

Hoggard's fourth over contained four no-balls and he was removed from the attack and replaced by Gavin Hamilton, his figures reading 4-0-48-0.

When Crawley had reached 29 it gave him 1,000 championship runs for the season.

Lancashire had a second Yorkshire-born player in their side in left-arm spinner Gary Keedy who had one championship game for his native county before moving over the Pennines.

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