Adil Rashid took five for 117 as Yorkshire completed a vital innings and 18-run victory over Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford and took a massive step towards winning the LV= County Championship for the first time since 2001.
The win was Yorkshire’s first in 16 Roses matches, a run stretching back to 2002, but even this triumphant assertion of local pride will matter little compared to the importance of helping Andrew Gale’s team secure the title.
On the day when fellow title-challengers Nottinghamshire lost to Durham at Chester-le-Street, the win at Old Trafford leaves Yorkshire 26 points ahead of the Trent Bridge side going into next week’s game between the top two in Nottingham.
For Lancashire, Durham’s victory and the defeat to Yorkshire leaves Glen Chapple’s team very deep in relegation trouble and the Old Trafford outfit probably need to win their last two matches to avoid the drop.
Main stumbling block for Yorkshire was Usman Khawajawho made his first centurybefore being well stumped by Bairstow.