Valiant Tykes edged out in Roses classic

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Yorkshire went down fighting by 23 runs at Headingley in one of the most thrilling Roses encounters of all time.

Yorkshire went down fighting by 23 runs at Headingley in one of the most thrilling Roses encounters of all time.

Both teams received a standing ovation as they left the field on the final afternoon of the LV= County Championship match on Saturday.

Set a challenging 284 for victory, Adil Rashid (48 no) and Ajmal Shahzad put on 43 for the ninth wicket but the Tykes fell short in the run chase.

England international Shahzad was caught behind off Kyle Hogg while spinner Gary Keedy trapped first innings centurion Rich Pyrah LBW for 18 to end Yorkshire’s spirited innings.

It was Lancashire’s seventh County Championship win in 10 games and the victory strengthened their title challenge but made Yorkshire’s task of avoiding relegation all the harder.

After picking up 22 points from an epic Roses encounter, Lancashire are on point off leaders Durham.

Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of cricket, said: “It was a fantastic game of cricket, thoroughly entertaining throughout and great for the County Championship but we only took four points from the match and that is scant consolation.

“It was a great fightback from 45 for eight in the first innings but unfortunately it was not quite good enough.”

Lancashire captain Glen Chapple said: “It was an unbelievable game of cricket and took a different path to most games. We really had to struggle against the Yorkshire tail-enders and I have never seen a tail bat like that before.

“Both Roses matches this season have been amazing games of cricket and I don’t think we will see the likes of them again for a long time.

“They could have gone either way but I thought that here we were always favourites despite Yorkshire’s batting line-up being the best in the country.”