Yorkshire vs Lancashire: The Rivalry Resumes
In the pantheon of sporting rivalries, very few, if any, have been around as long as the “War of the Roses” match between Yorkshire & Lancashire.
The match’s rivalry gets it’s name from the English civil war that was fought between the House of Lancaster and the House of York, in the fight to gain control for the throne of England. It took place over a period of 30 years, from 1455 to 1485.
This match however, is a cricket match, but to the fans in both counties, it means so much more than just sport. It is a matter of pride, bragging rights and “gaining one over” your arch rival.
Think about other sporting rivalries like Milan vs Juventus, Barcelona vs Real Madrid and Boca vs River in football, LA Lakers vs Boston Celtics in NBA basketball in the USA and also, the big international cricket rivalries, such as the Ashes or India vs Pakistan.
When it comes to domestic rivalries, this match is arguably the most intense, the most well known and with the most history. Other domestic cricket rivalries include Victoria vs New South Wales in Australia, Mumbai vs Delhi in India and up until cricket was not entirely taken over and killed off by franchises, Trinidad & Tobago vs Barbados.
The match starting on Monday, will take place at Headingly in Leeds, and both teams need points.
Lancashire are currently third to last in Division One of the County Championship having played 12 matches out of their allotted 14, while their rivals from Yorkshire, are a place behind, having played a game less.
Instead of battling for the title, the arch-rivals are battling to avoid relegation into the 2nd division. In last place are Worcestershire, who have 90 points, from 11 matches played so far, so whoever comes out on top of the Roses match, will take a massive step towards securing their top flight status for 2019.
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The Yorkies have held the wood over the Lancs recently, having won the last 2 encounters, and 3 of the last 5, with the other 2 matches being drawn. Lancashire have 107 points ahead of Yorkshire, who have 106, so it could not be closer in terms of points.
Each county will love nothing more to not only win this match, but put a serious dent in the hopes of their rivals from maintaining their Division One status.
Due to the ongoing Test match series between England and India, both counties are missing key internationals for this match, with Yorkshire missing Johnny Bairstow, Joe Root and Cheteswar Pujara. On the other hand, the visitors from Manchester, will have to do without Jimmy Anderson, Jos Butler and Kenton Jennings.
However, no matter the situation, no matter where it is played, no matter when it is played, whoever takes to the field for these two teams, we are guaranteed passion, fight & intensity.
The following are the squads that the teams will pick from:
Adam Lyth(captain), Gary Ballance, Tim Bresnan, Harry Brook, Jack Brooks, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Ben Coad, Andy Hodd, Alex Lees, Matthew Pillans, Josh Poysden, Jeet Raval and Jonathan Tattersall(wicket-keeper).
Liam Livingstone(captain), Tom Bailey, Josh Bohannon, Karl Brown, Steven Croft, Alex Davies, Hasseb Hameed, Rob Jones, Liam Hunt, Danny Lamb, Keshav Maharaj, Graham Onions, Mathew Parkinson, Stephan Parry, Dane Vilas(wicket-keeper).
The stage is set, the wait is almost over, the Roses rivalry resumes and we should be in for a treat!
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