No bed of Roses as Tom makes Tykes struggle

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Yorkshire suffered as all-rounder Tom Smith’s five wickets helped put Lancashire in the box seat on the third day of their Roses meeting in LV= County Championship Division One.

Smith returned figures of five for 49 as Lancashire bowled their rivals out for 243 - with Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale left stranded on 95 not out - and claimed a first-innings lead of 82 at Headingley.

Yorkshire responded to reduce Lancashire to 48 for three in their second innings - 130 ahead - but, with bad light ending play early, time could be running out to force a result.

Gale took full advantage of a let-off on 25. He appeared to have been caught behind after attempting a glance off Glen Chapple’s bowling and was clearly unhappy to see umpire Peter Willey’s finger raised.

He started to walk back to the pavilion when Willey decided to consult with square leg umpire Ian Gould and the decision was reversed.

Meanwhile, Gordon Muchall made an unbeaten 158 for Durham at Nottingham, but, due to the rain, it was unlikely to be in a winning cause, with his side closing on 335 for four in their first innings, 42 runs behind.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes made 61 on his return from a wrist injury, while his international colleague Stuart Broad, who is playing in his first match in nearly two months as he continues to manage patella tendonitis in his right knee, got further bowling time under his belt for Nottinghamshire, but remained wicketless.