Jack Brooks and Shivnarine Chanderpaul both scored Roses century on day three at Emirates Old Trafford as Yorkshire’s bid for a second Specsavers County Championship victory of the season was held up after lunch.
Yorkshire’s Brooks advanced from 94 overnight to 109 not out, posting his maiden first-class ton, as the visitors declared their first innings on 448 for eight during the early stages of the day. Fast bowler Brooks, a hugely popular figure throughout the county circuit who is playing his first game of the season following injury, kissed the White Rose badge on his helmet and punched the air after flicking his 146th ball to short fine-leg off Simon Kerrigan.
By contrast, Lancashire’s West Indian legend Chanderpaul has now reached one hundred 75 times in first-class cricket. His 106 off 199 balls helped Lancashire recover from 39 for three from late morning onwards, with Brooks making the initial breakthrough when he uprooted Haseeb Hameed’s off stump for a duck.
Having reached close at 264 for six from 94 overs, Lancashire are still 35 runs short of the 299 follow-on target.
Brooks lost eighth-wicket partner Jack Leaning for 118 to Tom Bailey five balls into the day before he picked off the six runs he needed in singles. He then slog-swept Simon Kerrigan over mid-wicket for his fifth six immediately before the declaration.
Then, the 32-year-old was handed the new ball in place of in-form Ben Coad, and it was a decision which reaped reward when Hameed played down the wrong line to leave the hosts at 10 for one in the fourth.
Hameed scored two hundreds in this fixture last year, but he is yet to post a fifty in the Championship this season. Liam Livingstone followed cheaply to Ryan Sidebottom, Yorkshire’s other returning seamer following injury, when he got a leading edge to second slip in the seventh.
Yorkshire hero Jack Brooks said: "It's surreal, and it hasn't really sunk in. I never expected to get a hundred in my career, although I did say to the lads the other day that I've got one in me, but that was more in jest than anything.
"I didn't really overthink it. I wasn't actually that nervous overnight. I was quite excited. I slept pretty well just because I was knackered. I backed my game plan. If it was up, I was going to try and whack it.
"I didn't need Jack Leaning getting out straightaway. Ben Coad is the most nervous man in the world and was panicking more than anyone.
"I don't plan celebrations. They just happen off the cuff really. It was a release of emotion."