Lyth hits 86 to pun­ish Lan­cashire again

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Cricket - At Emer­ald Head­in­g­ley York­shire (178-6) v Lan­cashire

York­shire opener Adam Lyth moved to within 14 runs of a fourth Roses first-class ca­reer cen­tury dur­ing a weather-af­fected but en­ter­tain­ing day two of the Bob Wil­lis Tro­phy clash with Lan­cashire at Emer­ald Head­in­g­ley.

In an un­in­ter­rupted morn­ing, York­shire ad­vanced their first in­nings from eight to 53 with­out loss be­fore slip­ping to 78 for four, in­clud­ing two wick­ets in three balls for all-rounder Danny Lamb.

No play was pos­si­ble be­tween 2.15pm and 4.45pm, with the hosts later pro­gress­ing their first in­nings to 178 for six, with Lyth reach­ing 86 not out off 197 balls.

Day one saw 87 overs lost to rain, with a fur­ther 35 gone dur­ing day two, mean­ing the chances of ei­ther side win­ning this penul­ti­mate round North Group fix­ture were slim. A draw was set to be far more dam­ag­ing to Lan­cashire – third in the ta­ble and 22 points off top spot prior to this fix­ture. York­shire were sec­ond and only two points be­hind lead­ers Der­byshire.

Lyth, who sur­vived a huge lbw ap­peal from Tom Bai­ley on nought, reached his 50 shortly af­ter the evening re­sump­tion. It rep­re­sented his sev­enth score of 50 or more in 14 Roses first-class ap­pear­ances.

Big hit­ter: Opener Adam Lyth went past 50 for the sev­enth time in Roses matches

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