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Lancashire’s Jordan Clark lights up war of the Roses at Old Trafford

Nineteen wickets fell on a dramatic opening day of the Roses match.

Jordan Clark excelled with the ball for Lancashire (Simon Cooper/PA)
Jordan Clark excelled with the ball for Lancashire (Simon Cooper/PA)

Yorkshire claimed pole position after a remarkable opening day of the Roses match against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.

Jordan Clark’s stunning hat-trick – the first in a Roses Championship match since Ken Higgs claimed one in 1968 – saw him dismiss England captain Joe Root, New Zealander Kane Williamson and Root’s England team-mate Jonny Bairstow among a five-wicket haul.

It left Yorkshire floundering before they were eventually dismissed for 192 in the Specsavers County Championship clash.

Lancashire, having lost Keaton Jennings, Haseeb Hameed, Dane Vilas and Jos Buttler in quick succession after being 46 for none, then collapsed to 103 all out – a broken wrist meant that home captain Liam Livingstone did not bat – subsiding at one stage from 92 for four to 92 for eight.

Ben Coad lead the way with three for 23 as 19 wickets fell on the day, and there were two wickets each for Steven Patterson, Tim Bresnan and Jack Brooks, with Yorkshire ending the day an unlikely 83 runs ahead.

Division One leaders Surrey took charge against second-placed Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, as England seamer Stuart Broad made a low-key return to action after suffering an ankle injury last month.

Stuart Broad returned to action for Nottinghamshire against Surrey (Nigel French/PA Wire)

Broad contributed just three with the bat as Nottinghamshire were bowled out for 210, with South African Morne Morkel taking four for 60, and Surrey then took complete control.

Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman compiled a first-wicket partnership of 147 before Stoneman fell for 86, but Burns ended the day unbeaten on 97 as Surrey compiled a lead of 13 runs with nine wickets remaining on 223 for one.

England spinner Moeen Ali claimed three wickets for Worcestershire against Somerset at New Road, but the visitors still amassed 324 for nine following a consistent batting display.

Steven Davies top-scored against his former county with 72, while Somerset skipper Tom Abell hit 70 and James Hildreth posted 57 to leave Somerset in a strong position.

Division Two leaders Warwickshire were indebted to an unbeaten half-century by Will Rhodes to give them the edge against Middlesex at Lord’s.

Batting first, Middlesex were in dire straits at 76 for seven before James Fuller (71) led an impressive revival to help steer his side to 236, and Warwickshire ended the day day 84 runs behind on 152 for four.

Leicestershire’s Ned Eckersley took five catches and top-scored on an attritional but fascinating opening day against title-chasing Kent in Canterbury.

On a day when 16 wickets fell, Leicestershire closed on 149 for six with Eckersley hitting an unbeaten 45 as the Foxes, after skittling Kent for 104, garnered a precious 45-run lead to take into day two.

Earlier, Zak Chappell and Ben Raine took three wickets apiece as Kent’s first innings lasted just 37.5 overs.

Ryan Higgins hit a maiden first-class century to put Gloucestershire in a solid position against Durham at Cheltenham.

Former Middlesex all-rounder Higgins was dismissed in the day’s final over for 105 as Gloucestershire closed on 315 for seven. Gareth Roderick (67) and Miles Hammond (51) provided chief support, while England’s Ben Stokes took three wickets.

Stokes’ England colleague Mark Wood bowled just six overs in the day and spent part of the afternoon off the field having physiotherapy.

Ben Sanderson took five wickets as Northamptonshire shaded the day’s action against Derbyshire at Chesterfield.

Sanderson’s five for 53 return kept Derbyshire in check, restricting them to 260 all out after wicketkeeper Gary Wilson top-scored with 66, and the visitors closed on 74 for three.

Sussex needed a spirited last-wicket partnership between Jofra Archer and Danny Briggs to gain the upper hand over Glamorgan at Hove.

Sussex had the better of the opening session in a day-night match, but the Glamorgan bowlers proved tenacious and took five wickets in a 20-over spell, assisted by a pink ball that swung after lunch.

However, the partnership of 61 between Archer (19) and Briggs (46) saw Sussex to a third batting point for passing 300 before they were dismissed for 327.

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