Wednesday, 23 May 2012
2NDS: Yorkshire record and a terrible pasting
The Yorkshire tail wagged to the tune of a record today – but that did little to ease the shock of their thrashing by an innings and 69 runs inside two days by Durham in their three-day Second Eleven Championship clash at York.
Yorkshire began Day 2 on 39-2 in reply to Durham’s 424-6 declared, needing 275 to save the follow-on, but skipper Joe Sayers was still there and the hope was that the White Rose spectators could settle down to a marathon innings. Instead, Yorkshire lost 18 wickets in a little under three sessions - the first innings was over before lunch, and an over of the second had been bowled before the players were called to table.
The first innings saw only Sayers, 25, Dan Hodgson, 27 not out, and Ed Wilson, 23, spend any considerable time in the middle. The second began equally disastrously as Sayers went for a duck, and Alex Lees, Jack Leaning and Richard Pyrah soon departed to leave the hosts on 48-4. Pyrah played some of the best shots of the day in his 31 with seven fours, and the later order saved some face with partnerships of 41 for the sixth wicket, 57 for the eighth and 72 for the 10th.
Durham tried all bowlers from both ends but, as often happens when an attack cannot break through, it was a good bit of fielding, this time from Ruel Brathwaite, which broke the stand by running out Alex Lilley. Alex and Oliver Hannon-Dalby created a 10th-wicket record for Yorkshire v. Durham in the Championship, and Oliver`s undefeated 19 was his Championship best.
Perhaps the brightest moments in the afternoon came from the 41 runs made in great style and maturity by 15-year old debutant Mohsun Hussain, from Leeds. He was very impressive and a bright future could be in store if, as with all hopefuls, he listens to what he is told by the coaches and works hard.
Day 1: Left-hand spinner Gurman Randhawa took 3-116 as Durham creamed 424-6 declared off the Yorkshire attack, and by the close the hosts had much to do at 39-2.
Yorkshire skipper Sayers lost the toss on a sun-drenched strip and had to hunt leather for 89 overs as Durham opener Kent Jennings prospered to the tune of 207 not out in 335 minutes from 239 deliveries with 23 fours.
A decent number of spectactors on the best day of the summer so far saw Mohsun Hussain and Graeme Whiles make their Yorkshire Championship debuts. Richard Pyrah continued his rehabilitation with 1-53 in 19 economical overs on a hard day for the bowlers, but most success came to the more expensive Randhawa.
Dan Hodgson kept tidily all day, with concentration hard to maintain with the score mounting at 4.5 runs per over. Gordon Muchall contributed a solid 63 in a second-wicket stand of 145 with Jennings, and after tea Mark Wood savaged the bowling with an undefeated 73 in 78 balls with nine fours and a six.
Durham then declared, leaving the home side with a tricky 13 overs.
Alex Lees and Jack Leaning both departed, leaving Sayers and nightwatchman Randhawa to contemplate the mountain ahead. Yorkshire trail by 385 runs - but their first target will be 275 to save the follow-on. The wicket has not been a great help all day.. and Sayers can set his stall out to bat and bat and bat…
Gurman is no mug either, as he has shown with good knocks at Beckenham and St Anne`s. If Yorkshire do avoid the follow-on it will be difficult for either captain to judge what a defendable target would be.
Yorkshire (not in batting order): JJ Sayers (captain), AZ Lees, JA Leaning, RM Pyrah, E Wilson, Mohsun Hussain (2nd XI debut), GS Randhawa, Graeme Whiles (2nd XI debut), DM Hodgson (wicket-keeper), OJ Hannon-Dalby, GS Ross and AE Lilley.
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