Keedy and Maharoof stun Yorkshire
Gary Keedy and Farveez Maharoof took four wickets apiece as Lancashire dismissed Yorkshire for 141 on the opening day of the Roses match at Liverpool, before cruising to 56 for one at the close.
Having been put into bat on a sticky surface offering assistance to both seamers and spinners, Joe Sayers and captain Andrew Gale guided Yorkshire to 95 for two midway through the afternoon session in a watchful display of crease occupation.
However, when Sayers was dismissed for 53 courtesy of a stunning catch at backward point by Steven Croft off James Anderson, the innings became a procession.
The last five wickets fell for 12 runs after tea, as Keedy’s left-arm spin returned 4-44 and Maharoof claimed 4-35 with a display of accurate full-length pace bowling.
Caught in the midst of the collapse was gloveman Simon Guy, making his first LV= County Championship appearance since 2007.
The 32-year-old was released by Yorkshire in 2009 but stepped in to answer his county’s wicketkeeper crisis, with Jonathan Bairstow on England Lions duty and Gerard Brophy suffering from a thumb injury.
It was a disciplined performance by the Lancashire attack, with their old rivals taking 74 overs to amass their paltry total.
The Red Rose batsmen made light of such struggles after Steven Patterson nipped one back to cheaply dismiss Stephen Moore lbw.
Paul Horton was 39 not out at the close and he and Karl Brown have already hit as many boundaries as Yorkshire did in their entire innings.
When play got under way after a 45-minute rain delay, Yorkshire opener Adam Lyth struck Anderson’s opening ball of the match through the covers for four. It would be his only scoring shot before being trapped leg before by Lancashire captain Glen Chapple.
Number three Joe Root was immediately off the mark with a single, but a run of seven maidens in the next nine overs followed as Chapple pinned Yorkshire down and Anderson beat the edge on numerous occasions.
The England pace bowler remained wicketless in an eight-over opening spell and was replaced by Maharoof at the River End.
The Sri Lankan all-rounder - recalled in place of Simon Kerrigan despite the young spinner’s match figures of 7-26 in the championship victory over Warwickshire in Lancashire's last outing - struck with his fifth ball, a full, straight delivery that wrapped Root on the pads. Gale joined Sayers at 30 for two, moving the score to 57 at lunch.
An attritional start to the second session was punctuated when Sayers cracked Luke Procter through cover. He went on to reach 50 from 130 balls in the 43rd over, but the end to his obdurate effort was as spectacular as it was unforeseen.
Offered a fraction of width by Anderson, Sayers abandoned his shackles to lace a cut shot. It was well struck, but Croft showed lightning reactions to spring full length and take a phenomenal one-handed catch at backward point.
Skipper Gale matched Sayers in terms of watchfulness to reach 31 off 109 until he was out in unusual fashion, bowled around his legs by Keedy to leave Yorkshire 105 for four.
Keedy, who made the switch across the Pennines to join Lancashire in 1995, was finding increasing turn and Gary Ballance became his next victim, prodding forward to give Mark Chilton a straightforward catch at silly point.
Guy joined Adil Rashid in the middle to see Yorkshire to 117 for five at tea, but a clatter of three wickets for one run early in the final session all but ended their resistance.
Maharoof bowled Guy via an inside edge for eight, before Keedy tumbled to his right to dismiss Rashid - the only other Yorkshire batsman along with Sayers and Gale to reach double figures - for 14 with a smart return catch.
Patterson was then plumb lbw to Maharoof, Moin Ashraf had his stumps rearranged by a skiddy Maharoof delivery and Oliver Hannon-Dalby padded up to Keedy, becoming the innings’ fourth lbw victim and last man out for a duck.