CLOSE: Surrey v Yorkshire (Day Three)— 26 September 2013
On the day when Graeme Hick bemoaned the inability of Australian batsmen to bat long, 18-year-old Dominic Sibley made Yorkshire’s bowlers suffer in the Oval’s autumnal sunshine by displaying a capacity to occupy the crease for ages.
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Playing in only his third first-class match, Sibley became the youngest Surrey batsman to make a double century as the home side replied to Yorkshire’s 434 in fine style. By close of play the home side were 572-4 and are well placed to establish a substantial first-innings lead on the final day of the 2013 season before asking Yorkshire to bat again.
Sibley himself is on 220 not out and despite surviving two further chances, the first to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow on 159 and the other a sharp caught and bowled to Steve Patterson on 171, the young man impressed good judges with his concentration and technique.
The centrepiece of Thursday’s cricket was a magnificent third-wicket stand of 236 between Sibley and Hashim Amla, whose 154-ball 151 included 18 fours and two sixes and vividly illustrated why the South African is currently rated the best batsman in the world.
The pair came together when nightwatchman Tim Linley was lbw to Adil Rashid for 12 in the tenth over of the morning but that was the last success Yorkshire were to enjoy for nearly 60 overs.
The spectators’ main attention was given to seeing whether Sibley could eclipse his golden age predecessor J N Crawford and become the youngest Surrey batsman to make a century. He achieved this goal in pardonably laborious fashion by taking 98 balls to score the 19 further runs he needed on the third morning.
At lunch Surrey were 256-2 with Sibley on 108 and Amla on 40 but the afternoon session was considerably more productive for the home side as 169 runs flowed from the bats of the third-wicket pair in only 33 overs, Sibley moving on to 159 and Amla 145.
At least Yorkshire enjoyed a little more success in the evening when Amla finally edged Ryan Sidebottom to Jonny Bairstow and departed for a thoroughbred 145.
However, even that did not end the suffering for Yorkshire’s hard-working bowlers as Vikram Solanki also found the flat Oval wicket very much to his liking and made a rapid 51 before being caught at deep square leg by Gary Ballance off Rashid. Rashid finished with 2-194 and was the only member of Andrew Gale’s attack to take more than one wicket.
Yorkshire’s attack toiled without gaining any reward at all in the afternoon session of their LV= Division One game against Surrey at the Oval.
Third-wicket pair Dominic Sibley and Hashim Amla could not be parted and at tea the home side were 419-2 in reply to Yorkshire’s 434.
Eighteen-year-old Sibley was 159 not out and the very impressive Amla was on 145 when the players came in for tea, by which time the pair had set a new record for their county’s third wicket against Yorkshire.
Sibley and Amla added 163 runs in 33 overs in the afternoon session and the Yorkshire bowlers did not have even the sniff of a wicket as both batsmen cashed in on a flat pitch.
Yorkshire’s bowlers were made to work hard for their solitary success on the third morning of their LV= Division One game against Surrey at the Oval.
At lunch the home side were 256-2 with Dominic Sibley 108 not out, having become the youngest ever batsman to make a century for the county.
The one wicket to fall was that of nightwatchman Tom Linley who was lbw to Adil Rashid for 12. However, that breakthrough did not prompt others as the patient Sibley was joined by Hashim Amla, with whom he had added a further 66 runs by lunch.
Sibley’s progress to his landmark was pardonably patient. Unbeaten on 81 overnight, he took a further 98 deliveries to reach three figures and brought up his hundred with a sweep for four off Rashid.
Yorkshire’s bowlers kept a reasonably tight line but found it tough going on a flat wicket. Amla is 40 not out and batting with ominously serious intent.