LV County Championship - Division One
Lancashire 231 (S J Croft 68, A U Rashid 5-95) & 104-3 (P J Horton 69 no) v Yorkshire 400-6 dec (A W Gale 136, A McGrath 99, J A Rudolph 54)
Lancashire (7pts) drew with Yorkshire (12pts)
Yorkshire escaped the LV County Championship Division One relegation zone by taking maximum bonus points from the drawn Roses fixture with Lancashire at Old Trafford.
Lancashire survived a major scare on the final afternoon after being reduced to 29-3 in their second innings as they aimed to bat out a minimum of 51 overs for a much-needed draw of their own.
Paul Horton (69no) and Lou Vincent (13no) stabilised the situation for the hosts with a fourth-wicket stand of 75 to reach 104-3 before bad light prompted the end of the match with 16 overs left in the final day's allocation.
Earlier, the Tykes declared their first innings at 400-6 to ensure they bagged the five batting bonus points. Andrew Gale completed a fine 136 and Jacques Rudolph also hit 54.
When captain Darren Gough called his batsmen in just after lunch Tim Bresnan was unbeaten on 47 from 79 balls.
Yorkshire earned 12 points from the result and are now five clear of Hampshire who drop back into the relegation places.
Yorkshire have taken charge of the rain-affected Roses match at Old Trafford, but have only three more sessions in which to force a victory.
After bowling the hosts out for 231 in their first innings, Yorkshire put on 234-2 in reply to end the third day three runs ahead with eight wickets still in hand.
Adil Rashid wrapped up the Lancashire innings with the wickets of Stephen Croft and Saj Mahmood to take his figures to an impressive 5-95.
The White Rose county then dominated with the bat as Andrew Gale made an unbeaten century and Anthony McGrath fell just one run short of three figures.
After Dominic Cork struck early on, trapping Chris Taylor leg before wicket, Gale and McGrath put together a partnership worth 215 for the second wicket.
McGrath (99) fell lbw to Francois du Plessis, but Gale was able to reach his century, finishing the day on 111no having struck 12 fours and faced 278 deliveries.
Stephen Croft's unbeaten 56 led Lancashire to 204-8 in their first innings after the Roses match at Old Trafford finally got under way on Wednesday.
The first day of the LV County Championship fixture was lost to rain but the skies cleared sufficiently for 64 overs to be possible on day two.
Lancashire skipper Stuart Law opted to bat first and, although his side lost regular wickets, was probably vindicated by the close of play.
Law (37) and Francois du Plessis (38) both departed when well set but Croft, who came to the wicket at 87-4, stood firm with a fine half-century.
The 23-year-old struck five fours during his 114-ball knock and shared an unbroken stand of 39 with Gary Keedy (11no) for the ninth wicket.
Matthew Hoggard was the pick of the visiting attack with 3-26 from 13 overs, while leg-spinner Adil Rashid claimed 3-84 from 26 overs on the reel. That haul followed on from Rashid's career-best analysis of 7-107 in the recent LV Division One defeat against Hampshire.
The first day of Lancashire's crunch LV County Championship Division One clash with rivals Yorkshire has been wiped out due to heavy rain.
Overnight rain failed to failed to relent in the early morning, and with the Old Trafford outfield drenched, the umpires decided to call off proceedings before lunch.
Both side's will be keen to make up as much lost time as possible as they attempt to finish disappointing campaigns with a flourish.
Lancashire are currently sitting in fifth place - 17 points behind leaders Nottinghamshire with a game in hand.
Yorkshire, however are embroiled in a relegation tussle and desperately require a win over their arch-rivals in order to leap above Hampshire and out of the drop-zone.