By Alex Glover – Reporter
Haseeb Hameed’s two centuries were not enough for Lancashire to force a first Roses victory over Yorkshire at Old Trafford since 2000.
Following his 114 in the first innings, the 19-year-old made a brisk 100 not out in the second and in doing so became the youngest Lancastrian to achieve the feat.
The young opener is now also the first English-born batsman to surpass 1,000 County Championship runs this summer.
Hameed’s heroics allowed skipper Steven Croft to declare, giving his bowlers 71 overs to try to bowl Yorkshire out as they chased an unlikely 367 to win.
But any hope of a famous final day victory soon faded as Yorkshire openers Adam Lyth and Alex Lees dug in with the latter reaching three figures as the evening session drew to a close.
On a batsman-friendly pitch Lancashire amassed 494 in their first innings after Croft won the toss on day one.
Hameed (114), Luke Procter (79) and Smith (46) set the Red Rose on their way before a record last wicket stand of 107 between Jordan Clark (84 not out) and Kyle Jarvis (57) ensured a giant total on the board.
Yorkshire’s reply looked solid at lunch on the third day, having reached 243-4 thanks to Alex Lees (85) and skipper Andrew Gale (83).
In a frantic afternoon session wickets tumbled as Kyle Jarvis (4-70) and Simon Kerrigan (3-91) tore through the lower-order dismissing Yorkshire for 360, still 134 in arrears.
A laudable effort from the Lancashire bowlers, considering the extreme batsmen-friendly conditions.
Openers Smith and Hameed ramped up the run rate in the final overs of the evening session as Lancashire looked to set up a fourth day run-chase.
80 runs in 10 overs between the pair on the final morning ensured that Yorkshire would be batting again.
If Lancashire were not to win this game it would not be through their lack of endeavour – by the time Smith fell for 87 the majority of the damage was done.
England test hopeful Adil Rashid will be frustrated with his efforts on a spinning wicket, returning match figures of 2-217.
There was just time for Hameed to reach that historic second century – supported by Liam Livingstone (31*) – before Steven Croft called his men in.
But Lancashire’s bowlers – perhaps tired from their phenomenal efforts the previous day – failed to make any early in-roads on the Yorkshire openers Adam Lyth and Alex Lees.
They cruised to a 150 partnership in the evening session, a century for Lees with Lyth adding 63.
As the last hour approached with Yorkshire 188 without loss, both captains shook hands bringing the clash to its end.
Hameed – a deserved man of the match – may be looking at an international career sooner rather than later, with England’s on-going failure to find Alastair Cook a reliable opening partner.