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Jordan Clark takes stunning hat-trick as Root, Williamson and Bairstow depart

Lancashire took control of the Roses match with Yorkshire thanks to the all-rounder’s heroics.

Lancashire seamer Jordan Clark took a remarkable hat-trick in the opening session of the Roses County Championship match as he made light work of Yorkshire’s star-studded middle-order.

England pair Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow were hoping to spend time in the middle ahead of the Test series against India, while the Tykes line-up at Old Trafford also boasted New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

Root had hit successive fours at the start of Clark’s second over but the Lancashire all-rounder responded in stunning fashion.

England Test skipper Root had raced to 22 off 19 balls when he was trapped in front before
Williamson – a place below his county team-mate at fourth in the world rankings – was dismissed in the same manner.

Bairstow, one of England’s most in-form players, came in to face the hat-trick ball and edged to international colleague Jos Buttler in the slips to spark wild celebrations.

Clark’s special feat on the stroke of lunch left Yorkshire on the ropes at 61 for four at the interval.

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