Skipper Steven Patterson, above, and fellow first-teamers Ryan Sidebottom and Jack Brooks ripped through the Durham second innings to give Yorkshire victory by 165 runs in their Second Eleven Championship clash at South Northumberland CC today. They finished by 12.45pm, nicely in time for lunch.
The Day 3 weather was kind enough for play to start on time at 11 am after some early rain – and the big guns smashed the target to secure 21 points for Yorkshire to Durham’s four.
Patterson, 5-24, and Sidebottom, 4-42, were the main destroyers with Brooks picking up the other wicket. They bowled straight enough to collect four lbw decisions between them, and Barney Gibson looked good behind the stumps with three catches, the last a good diving effort. No Durham batsman was able to last for long, and Paul Coughlin`s first innings 27 remained the best contribution by a Durham batsman.
Yorkshire remain fourth in the Championship and in the One-Day Trophy (Northern sections) with two games to play in each format.
Their next game is a Barnsley CC on Monday (12 noon start) when Nottinghamshire are the visitors in the Trophy ompetition. Then follow four days at Todmorden against Lancashire – and the players would love to see as many spectators at these encounters as possible.
Day 2: Jack Brooks, who was given his Yorkshire cap by skipper AndrewGale at the start of the LV Championship match against Warwickshire on August 2 (Gallery Picture) followed up his first innings 37 with five wickets and then a second-innings top score of 57.
Provided the weather remains kind for tomorrow’s final day Yorkshire should record their third Championship win of the season – a tremendous improvement on the last two campaigns and a testament to the character of the players and the skill and dedication of the coaches.
Durham need a further 222 runs to win with seven second-innings wickets remaining after the bowlers made good inroads in the last session, and after those same bowlers – as batsmen – had ensured that Yorkshire had set a sufficiently high target for Durham to chase.
Brooks began the day as he had ended the previous evening – with a wicket…having Ryan Buckley well caught by a diving Eliot Callis at fourth slip from the first ball of the morning. Durham managed to add 31 to their overnight 96-6, but they were all out for 127, leaving Yorkshire with a useful lead of 61.
Brooks finished with 5-40, Steven Patterson 3-28 and Ryan Sidebottom – who was replacing Azeem Rafiq for Days 2 and 3 – nipped in with 2-12 from four overs.
All did not go immediately to plan as Callis, Charlie Roebuck and Rashid were all back in the hutch with 11 on the board. Ed Wilson followed soon afterwards, and it was left to Andrew Hodd, 54, and Josh Inglis, 23, to get the board moving with 57 for the fifth wicket.
Yet the stars of the show were Brooks, with 57 from 92 deliveries with seven fours and a six, and a captain`s knock of 36 in 113 balls with five boundaries by Patterson – the pair adding 91 for the eighth wicket, the third such lower-order partnership in the three days we have been here. A remarkable coincidence.
Durham had 18 overs to face after tea, and lost three top-order batsmen to close on 49-3, still 222 short of victory. Brooks, Patterson and Sidebottom, bowling with five slips, took a wicket each.
If they win Yorkshire will collect 21 points and could move closer to the top three as the season nears its conclusion…but as we left the ground tonight the thunder rolled and the rain began to fall…
Day 1: Leg-spinning all-rounder Adil Rashid (gallery Picture) held Yorkshire together with a top score of 85 as they reached 188 in the first innings.
For the second day in succession a substantial eighth-wicket stand pulled the White Rose out of the fire. They were stuttering at 101-7, but paceman Jack Brooks and Rashid stayed together to add 71in 76 minutes before Brooks was taken in the slips for 37 from 64 balls with five fours. Rashid was ninth out for a splendid 85 from 160 balls in 193 minutes with seven fours and one maximum.
Rashid and Andrew Hodd, 34, had already added 51 for the third wicket, so Rashid did as much as anyone to see Yorkshire to a bonus point at 150.
The scorecard may look strange to regular followers of Yorkshire Seconds, but the entire first-team bowling attack – Brooks, Patterson, Rashid and Rafiq with Sidebottom replacing Rafiq for Days 2 and 3 – were drafted in for match practice as the firsts do not play again in the Championship until August 24.
The track that “nibbled a bit” to quote Alistair Maiden, now in charge of Durham Seconds, and Yorkshire’s 188 would have been even lower if Durham had not managed to drop at least five, and possibly, six, catches.
Durham had 31 overs to face after tea to complete a full and uninterrupted day, and Yorkshire made excellent use of them by reducing their opponents to 96-6 in 30.5 overs. Brooks has 3-25 so far, and Steven Patterson 3-28.
The match is racing along and it is highly unlikely to last for three full days…but with cricket you never know.
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