Yorkshire let Roses rivals off the hook

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Ryan Sidebottom captured three wickets but half-centuries from Steven Croft and Tom Smith still gave Lancashire the edge after they had been put in to bat on the first day of the LV= County Championship Roses clash at Headingley yesterday.

Lancashire overcame difficult conditions early on to finish on 304 for seven in 85.3 overs as Steven Croft (54) and Tom Smith (51) steered them towards a respectable total.

Yorkshire had South African left-hander Jacques Rudolph back in the side after arriving in the country the previous day and they also gave a first-class debut to 26-year-old fast bowler Iain Wardlaw, who will make way for Tim Bresnan should he not be required for the Test match at Lord’s.

Lancashire were 251 for seven but Sajid Mahmood boosted the score with a couple of big sixes and he and Glen Chapple had added an unbeaten 50 when bad light ended play.