Jack Brooks hits maiden ton for Yorkshire but Chanderpaul takes Lancashire to within sight of avoiding folow-on

Jack Brooks: maiden ton
Jack Brooks: maiden ton
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Jack Brooks and Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored Roses centuries on day three at Old Trafford as Yorkshire’s bid for a second Specsavers County Championship victory of the season was held up after lunch.

Yorkshire’s Brooks advanced from 94 overnight to 109 not out, posting his maiden first-class ton, as the visitors declared their first innings on 448-8 early in the day.

Fast bowler Brooks, a hugely popular figure throughout the county circuit who is playing his first game of the season following injury, kissed the White Rose badge on his helmet and punched the air after flicking his 146th ball to short fine-leg off Simon Kerrigan.

By contrast, Lancashire’s West Indian legend Chanderpaul has now reached 100 75 times in first-class cricket.

His 106 off 199 balls helped Lancashire recover from 39 for three, with Brooks making the initial breakthrough when he uprooted Haseeb Hameed’s off stump for a duck.

Having reached close at 264 for six from 94 overs, Lancashire are still 35 runs short of the 299 follow-on target.

Brooks lost eighth-wicket partner Jack Leaning for 118 to Tom Bailey five balls into the day before he picked off the six runs he needed in singles.

He then slog-swept Simon Kerrigan over mid-wicket for his fifth six immediately before the declaration.

Then, the 32-year-old was handed the new ball, and reaped reward when Hameed played down the wrong line to leave the hosts at 10-1 in the fourth.

Liam Livingstone followed cheaply to Ryan Sidebottom when he got a leading edge to second slip in the seventh.

And when Steven Croft edged Tim Bresnan to first slip at the end of the 13th over, Lancashire were 39 for three.

But Chanderpaul intervened to boost Lancashire’s hopes. Although he lost Alex Davies the second ball of the afternoon he found allies in South Africans Dane Vilas and Ryan McLaren.

He shared 67 for the fifth wicket with Vilas, who made 29, and then came the Red Rose’s key partnership with overseas all-rounder McLaren as they shared 112 in 48 overs.

McLaren reached 50 off 153 balls, also bringing up the century stand in the 84th over, before Chanderpaul reached his ton off 184 balls with 10 fours and a pulled six over mid-wicket off Leaning’s off-spin.It was his second successive ton after his 182 at Surrey.

Yorkshire were boosted when Coad bowled Chanderpaul around his legs as the score fell to 247 for six. McLaren will begin day four on 63 not out.