Cricket: Yorkshire finish strongly in entertaining draw with Roses rivals Lancashire

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Lancashire’s Haseeb Hameed posted his second hundred of the match before Yorkshire’s batsmen, who opted against chasing 367 despite laying a decent platform, secured a draw at Old Trafford.

Coach Jason Gillespie admits his Yorkshire side flirted with the idea of chasing an unlikely victory in their Roses match against Lancashire yesterday, before eventually settling for a strong draw.

Yorkshire were left chasing 367 for victory after 19-year-old Haseeb Hameed scored a century in each innings, with a minimum of 71 overs to play with.

They started strongly - hitting 148 in 41 overs before tea - but struggled to push on and shook hands at 5pm on 188 without loss from 52 overs.

Alex Lees was unbeaten on 114, with Adam Lyth 63 not out, and Gillespie said: “Chasing was in the back of our minds. We thought we’d assess at tea, which we did. We thought ‘let’s keeping batting and we’ll get feedback from Lythy and Leesy’. They are the two lads who were out there.

“Their feedback was that with the deteriorating pitch, it would be a big challenge for them to go for it, let alone a new batter coming in. If it was 40 or 50 fewer runs, absolutely we’d have had a crack.”

Hameed became the youngest Lancashire player to post 1,000 Championship runs in a season, in his first full campaign of first-team cricket.

He also became the youngest Lancastrian to post two hundreds in the same match against any opponent, the first to do it against Yorkshire and only the third for either side in this particular fixture.

The right-hander is also the youngest player to post two hundreds in a first-class match played in England and became the first teenage opener to post four hundreds in a County Championship season, with the likes of Michael Vaughan, Marcus Trescothick and Rob Key posting two.

Lyth was dropped on three at gully by Alviro Petersen off Kyle Jarvis two balls into the afternoon, but the left-handed pair were otherwise chanceless through to tea.

At the start of the evening, they need 219 more in a minimum of 30 overs but failed to get out of the blocks immediately after tea, despite Lees’ first Roses ton coming off 154 balls.

The target became 180 in the final 20 overs, but the players shook hands with Lees on 114 and Lyth on 63.