Yorkshire’s batsmen have been taking a heavy toll of opposition bowlers in this run-drenched summer in which Alex Lees became the youngest White Rose player ever to notch a double century during his side’s 617 for five declared against Derbyshire at Chesterfield.
In the same innings that Lees, at 20 years and 95 days, plundered his epic 275 not out, Phil Jaques also struck 139 to bring him his first century of the season.
It meant that no fewer than eight Yorkshire batsmen have now registered three figure scores in first class matches this season, the others being Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Adil Rashid, Adam Lyth and skipper Andrew Gale.
Rashid and Gale lead the way with three centuries apiece, while Root, Ballance and Lees have two and Bairstow, Lyth and Jaques one each.
There is still plenty of the season remaining for further centuries to be racked up as Yorkshire celebrate their 150th anniversary in style, but, rather surprisingly, one does not have to go back too far to discover NINE batsmen forging out first class centuries.
That occurred just three seasons ago in the summer of 2011 when, ironically, Yorkshire were relegated despite some outstanding individual innings by their batsmen.
The century-makers then were: Ballance, Bairstow, Gale, Joe Sayers, Root, Rich Pyrah, Anthony McGrath, Jacques Rudolph and Gerard Brophy.
Prior to that there were nine different centurions in 2007 and then a long gap back to the previous occasion in 1980. The centurions in 2007 were Rudolph, Younus Khan, McGrath, Rashid, Tim Bresnan, Sayers, Jason Gillespie, Brophy and Craig White and in 1980 the nine were John Hampshire, Geoffrey Boycott, Jim Love, Richard Lumb, David Bairstow, Bill Athey, Graham Stevenson, Phil Carrick and Kevin Sharp.
The following year there were eight centurions in Boycott, Hampshire, Love, Lumb, Sharp, Martyn Moxon, Neil Hartley and Athey.
The current season, however, is the only one under review in which THREE of the centuries have been converted into double centuries, Lees following in the footsteps of Root (236 v Derbyshire at Headingley) and Gale (272 v Nottinghamshire at Scarborough).
And as Yorkshire step up their challenge to lift the County Championship title for the first time since 2001, who can say that a fourth batsman join this elite trio or even go on to make a triple century!