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LIVE BLOG: DURHAM V YORKSHIRE, BWT, D4

— 4 August 2020

Selection update for Notts on Saturday

AVAILABLE: Jonny Bairstow for next two four-day games, and he will take the gloves. Duanne Olivier also comes back into the fold.

UNAVAILABLE: Matthew Waite with a torn lat muscle (shoulder) and Gary Ballance as he is still not quite fit enough after his illness.

QUESTION MARKS: David Willey, who Gale will speak with tomorrow following his England commitments. Unsure whether he has enough red ball practice to go straight into a game. Ben Coad and Matthew Fisher both have sustained niggles during this game at Durham.

Andrew Gale

“I thought it was a very professional performance. From ball one, we were relentless with the ball and patient.

“We had to work hard for our wickets in the second innings, but we hung in there. We knew if we could control the rate, we talked about which team would crack first. Then Matthew Fisher’s spell changed the game.

“We talked about ticking off the partnerships in our first innings, and we couldn’t quite manage to do that. We could have scraped to 250 and put the game to bed. But I thought the chase there – Harry Brook’s and Dawid Malan’s partnership – was outstanding.

“Dawid, that’s the reason why we signed him. He showed all his experience to close the game out and play it at his pace.

“The guys who have shown potential for a few years are starting to put performances in. We’ve all seen what Harry Brook can do in glimpses, and Matthew Fisher. The challenge for them now is to back it up week in and week out. If they can do that, I’m certainly positive we can challenge for trophies.”

2.36pm YORKSHIRE WIN!!! Brook finishes the game with a four and two sixes, the latter both down the ground, off Harte and is 66 not out. Six-wicket win and 19 points. Great start to our Bob Willis Trophy campaign.

2.27pm Malan gone! He’s clubbed a Lees long hop down long-on’s throat, falling for a superb 73. Yorkshire 154-4, needing 17 more. That ends a superb 98-run stand with Brook.

2.22pm Brook 50 off 85 balls with 5×4s and 2×6s. Excellent knock. 142-3.

2.19pm SIX! Brook has pulled two sixes recently off Rushworth and Coughlin, taking the score to 138-3. Brook now has 46. 33 more needed.

2.01pm A quiet start to the day, but that’s all that Yorkshire need. 12 runs from four overs and it’s 115-3 with 56 more needed.

1.46pm We’re up and running at Durham. Brook has just played out a maiden against Coughlin. Yorkshire 103-3, needing 68 more. Brook has 23 and Malan 50.

1.11pm Good news. We will be starting at 1.45pm here.

12.54pm A brighter scene now here at Durham. The rain has stopped and the covers and being removed.

12.20pm We are the only venue in the country without play at the moment. But it has brightened up significantly here. Rain is no more than drizzle at present.

Here’s a look around the grounds as they stand, with some exciting finishes in prospect

NORTH GROUP

Lancashire 322 and 142-4 v Leicestershire 409-8 declared, New Road (Worcester)
Nottinghamshire 324 and 279 v Derbyshire 239 and 148-2, Trent Bridge

CENTRAL GROUP

Warwickshire 369-8 v Northants 142 and 386-6, Edgbaston
Somerset 296 and 290-8 beat Glamorgan 131 and 166, Taunton
Gloucestershire 267 and 187-5 v Worcestershire 428-5, Bristol

SOUTH GROUP

Surrey 282 and 4-0 v Middlesex 347-6 declared and 248-6 declared, Oval
Essex 298 and 42-1 v Kent 387 and 112, Chelmsford
Sussex 176 and 221 beat Hampshire 153 and 150, Hove

Lunch report Yorkshire have been made to wait to pursue the 68 runs they need to wrap up an opening round Bob Willis Trophy win over Durham, with rain wiping out the fourth morning at Emirates Riverside.

Heavy rain swept across the ground to force umpires Graham Lloyd and Neil Pratt to call an early lunch at 12.30pm.??Yorkshire, chasing 171, are 103-3 in their second innings. Dawid Malan is unbeaten on 50 and Harry Brook 23.

Yorkshire will hope an improving forecast for this afternoon is correct and they can get enough time secure the 19 points to make it the ideal start to their North Group campaign.

Durham will have different ideas. If and when play resumes, a couple of quick wickets in what are likely to be useful bowling conditions could put the visitors under pressure.

11.07am There will be no play before lunch at Emirates Riverside due to rain. That will be taken early at 12.30pm. Fingers crossed, things improve quickly afterwards.

10.38am Unfortunately the rain continues to fall here in Durham. We won’t be starting at 11am, and the prospects of play before lunch are pretty remote I would say.

Good morning from Emirates Riverside ahead of the fourth and final day of our Bob Willis Trophy clash with Durham.

Unfortunately, it is raining at the moment, and pretty heavily. The full covers are on and look set to delay Yorkshire’s pursuit of the 68 runs they need to complete victory.

When play does begin, Yorkshire will have seven wickets in hand to get those runs. They are 101-3, with Dawid Malan on 50 and Harry Brook on 23.

A stunning afternoon bowling performance yesterday led by Matthew Fisher has set this victory chance after Durham fought their way back impressively from being bowled out for 103 in the first innings.

Play will be live streamed on our match centre page when we get underway. It would be a huge surprise if that was at 11am, however.

Enjoy the day.

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