Out of England’s quintet of one-day stars on show in the first Roses match of the summer it was Adil Rashid who stood out with two wickets in an expertly crafted spell as Yorkshire showed why many believe they will end their 15-year wait for a one-day trophy.
Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root fell cheaply in the early stages of Yorkshire’s commanding but not flawless batting performance. They should have posted closer to 330 after recovering from an early wobble at 87 for three, though they always had Lancashire at arm’s length in the defence, with Rashid’s 10 overs yielding two wickets for 34, with both of them coming from perfectly landed googlies. Of the 14 past and present internationals selected by the two sides, including the England Test pair of Jimmy Anderson and Haseeb Hameed in the lime green of Lancashire, the Australian Test batsman Peter Handscomb and Yorkshire’s in-form captain, Gary Ballance, had almost as significant an impact on the game as Rashid.
They shared Yorkshire’s record fourth-wicket partnership of 143 in a List A Roses match, with Handscomb top-scoring with 86 and Ballance making 85. The latter looked to be heading for his fourth hundred in eight innings across all formats this season. They batted positively but not recklessly, although ironically they will no doubt both look back with a touch of regret at the manner of their dismissals as the home innings subsided from 230 for three in the 38th over. Handscomb had hit two sixes and a four off Luke Procter in the first four balls of an over before chancing his arm once too many times and finding the wicketless Anderson at deep mid-wicket.
Ballance was lbw reverse sweeping at Stephen Parry’s left-arm spin two balls after being dropped at short third man playing the same shot. Handscomb was the first of six wickets to fall for 52, including the last five for 20 in 27 balls as only 64 runs came off the last 12 overs to give Lancashire hope.
Root, fresh from his match‑sealing 75 not out against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on Saturday, could not repeat the trick as he cut Lancashire’s overseas all-rounder Ryan McLaren to backward point for 21. He had already seen Bairstow inside edge the same bowler behind for 28 as Yorkshire’s innings started shakily.
The momentum Lancashire created with the ball was quickly halted as they lost the opener Procter and Hameed inside nine overs of their chase. Hameed, curiously dropped down to No3 after a debut 88 against Leicestershire on Friday, left the score at 42 for two when he miscued the England Under-19s captain, Matt Fisher, to mid-on. This was after Procter had chopped on to Tim Bresnan. Lancashire just about managed to keep their heads above water during the first half of the chase.
Alex Davies hit 43 before being trapped lbw to a perfectly landed googly from Rashid, whose performance in front of the TV cameras will have no doubt enthused the England coach, Trevor Bayliss, before the start of the international summer this week.
Lancashire were 80 for three when Davies departed in the 19th over but the captain, Liam Livingstone, showed glimpses of his talent as he seamlessly moved into the early thirties. He scooped Liam Plunkett for six over the wicketkeeper Bairstow’s head before seeing Karl Brown slap Azeem Rafiq’s second ball to mid-off – 125 for four in the 28th – and falling himself for 32 shortly afterwards, bowled by another Rashid googly which skidded on. Realistically, given the importance of leg-spinners in white-ball cricket these days, Rashid has to put in similar performances for England if they are to win the Champions Trophy next month. Jordan Clark hit a couple of monstrous sixes as Lancashire slipped further, with one off David Willey over long-on thudding into the top of the Carnegie Pavilion. Willey finished with two wickets and Rafiq four for 47 as Yorkshire, who fielded brilliantly, won with 6.4 overs to spare.
The Yorkshire director of cricket, Martyn Moxon, said: “It’s pleasing to get two wins out of two. That was a pretty good all-round performance again. There was a slight disappointment we didn’t get more runs in those final 10 overs of our innings when we were set up so well.
“Other than that, we have got to be very pleased with the win and the performance. Peter looked fantastic. Hopefully he is coming into a rich vein of form. Obviously Gary’s continuing his fine form. Their partnership was crucial.
“It was a fantastic display of batting because the conditions at that time were tricky with the lights on and dampness in the pitch. To get to 240 with 10 overs left was outstanding. We still felt that 290 was a good score if we bowled well. And we certainly did.
“Adil was outstanding. His wickets with his googlies were good to see. He showed his value to the team and what he’s capable of. Also, don’t underestimate Azeem’s performance. He picked up four wickets at a time when the batsmen were looking to attack. He varied his pace extremely well.”
Another reason for the selectors to be cheerful came at Edgbaston as the England Test opener Keaton Jennings hit 139 from 101 balls as Durham beat Warwickshire by 72 runs. Jennings helped Durham to 313-5 off 39 overs in a rain-affected game and, despite Jonathan Trott’s 92, the Bears were skittled for 241.