Joe Root's 4 for 5 seals the battle of Roses


Lancashire vs Yorkshire, Manchester

Yorkshire’s most unlikely hero with the ball, Joe Root, stepped up to polish off Lancashire’s tail within the first hour on Tuesday (July 24) to claim the boasting rights for the battle of the Roses. Lancashire had a mighty ask in front of them, resuming the day on 194-6, needing another 129 runs to win.

Root’s gentle offies had Graham Onions off the first ball of the day, en route to his career-best bowling figures of 4 for 5. Liam Livingstone did come out to bat at number eleven, despite a thumb injury that kept him out of the action for the majority of the game, but didn’t have to face a ball as Root ended James Anderson’s 23-ball vigil.

This is Yorkshire’s third win of the 2018 County season, which lifts them to fifth spot in the points table. In the end, it was the 83-run first innings lead that Yorkshire got which turned the tide in their favour to a point of no return.

Brief scores: Yorkshire 192 & 239 (Bairstow 82, Brook 55; Onions 3-44) beat Lancashire 109 & 204 (Buttler 59, Tom Bailey 45; Root 4-5, Patterson 3-38) by 118 runs

Nottinghamshire vs Surrey, Nottingham

Surrey hand Nottinghamshire a thumping to stretch their lead at the top of the table to 43 points. Skittling the Notts out in a hurry on Tuesday (July 24), they now have their fifth victory in a row, which includes four by the margin of an innings. Resuming on 53 for 1, still 325 runs away from Surrey’s first innings total, Morne Morkel, carried on his first innings brilliance and reduced the hosts to 172/7 before lunch. Samit Patel was the only batsman who showed some resistance with a well-compiled half-century.

Morkel wrapped proceedings soon after, with a fifer to bag match-figures of 9 for 120. But in the end, it was Surrey’s show with the bat, where they amassed 592 on the back of centuries from Rory Burns and Rikki Clarke, that helped them gain maximum points from this contest.

Brief scores: Nottinghamshire 210 & 199 (Patel 55, William Fraine 30; Morkel 5-60) lost to Surrey 592 (Burns 153, Clarke 111; Root 3-37) by an innings and 183 runs

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