Yorkshire’s Rashid and Bresnan help set Lancashire the tallest of orders

• Yorkshire 308 & 236, Lancashire 196 & 41-1
• Lancashire require another 308 runs to win

One of the major factors behind Yorkshire winning the County Championship in consecutive years has been their batting’s strength in depth, no more so than last season when Joe Root, Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance and Jonny Bairstow were removed from the equation by England for long periods.

Despite both Lyth and Ballance returning for this campaign, the reliance they still place on the lower order is emphasised by their supporters’ old joke that the removal of Yorkshire’s star batsmen only means the tail has been dispatched.

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