Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Root Strikes for Roses Match Win

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Root Strikes for Roses Match Win

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JOE Root took three of four wickets to fall as Yorkshire secured a crucial Roses win over Lancashire by 118 runs during the third morning at Emirates Old Trafford to improve their position towards the bottom of Division One.

The White Rose's third Specsavers County Championship victory in eight matches also deepened their arch-rivals relegation worries given they have only secured one win from their first nine outings, losing five.

Steve Patterson's side were defending a target of 323 and started day three on the verge of a 19-point haul.

Lancashire, who claimed only two points having been deducted one for a slow overrate, were 194 for six with only Tom Bailey, unbeaten on 38, Graham Onions, Jimmy Anderson, Matthew Parkinson and injured Liam Livingstone to bat as they pursued another 129 runs to win.

Home captain Livingstone fractured his left thumb whilst fielding on day one, did not bat in the first innings and came out number eleven in the second without facing a ball as Lancashire lost their last four wickets for 10 runs.

He now faces a significant spell on the sidelines.

Root, having dismissed Jos Buttler in the penultimate over of day three, struck with the first ball of day three when Graham Onions edged behind for a duck (194 for seven in the 49th).

Then, shortly afterwards, he had Matthew Parkinson caught at first slip as the score fell to 196 for eight in the 53rd and later bowled Anderson on the way to career best figures of four for five in 204 all out. Steve Patterson also trapped Tom Bailey lbw.

Yorkshire started this match second-bottom in the table, three points behind Lancashire with a game in hand.

They are now 14 points clear of their Red Rose neighbours with that game in hand still intact.

They have also jumped over Hampshire, who have not played this round and are in the relegation zone as a result. …

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