LANCASHIRE’S domination of the English Men’s County Championship northern qualifying round, which they had won five times in the last six years, was stymied by Yorkshire at Ganton.
But it was a close-run encounter with only three strokes separating the Roses rivals - the same margin at the half-way point.
It all came down to the respective anchormen, William Whiteoak signing off with a 69, and Jonathan Hurst a 70 which were the day’s lowest scores.
Yorkshire, capitalising on home advantage, earned the right to compete in the English County Finals at Royal North Devon in September, Lancashire having won the crown at Gloucestershire club Minchinhampton last year.
SCORES: 897 - Yorkshire; 900 - Lancashire; 909 - Northumberland; 921 - Cumbria; 927 - Durham; 931- Cheshire; 970 - Isle of Man.