Cricket: Difficult debut for Vaughan

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Yorkshire 242; Lancashire 72-3

HALF the pavilion stood for Michael Vaughan when he came in unbeaten at lunch having scored 52 of Yorkshire's 106 for 5. The applause was affectionate for, in this 235th Roses match, a batsman has appeared who could wear either the white or red rose, and who may well wear the lions one day.

Vaughan, who is 18, was born in Eccles but shone in Sheffield schools and Yorkshire, for the first time since 1946, accepted an English player born outside the county. He made his Championship debut on a green pitch, with Wasim Akram making the ball rear nastily from just short of a length. Martyn Moxon was out to a ball that might have demolished his chin; Richie Richardson took a rocket on his foot in the same over.

Vaughan was hit on both hands but managed to glance and drive five fours and to hook Phillip DeFreitas for six. He was eventually sixth out for 64, in Wasim's third spell, after facing 135 balls. Few have had a fiercer introduction.

As the ball wore and the bowlers tired, the pitch quietened, and Paul Grayson and Darren Gough, with 74 in 17 overs, were able to win respectability and a bonus point. Wasim still had the satisfaction of finishing with a career-best 8 for 68.

Lancashire had 50 up in seven overs, but then went into their own swift decline as Gough removed Ronnie Irani and Nick Speak with successive balls.

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