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Middlesex v Yorkshire: Day 2 (Close)

— 28 April 2014

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Around eleven months ago Yorkshire’s cricketers slapped their County Championship credentials on the table at Lord’s with a comprehensive ten-wicket thrashing of Middlesex.

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It is too soon to predict a similarly convincing result in this match but stand-in skipper Joe Root can be nothing but delighted with the cricket his players produced on the second day of this game

Yorkshire’s seamers made the most of helpful conditions and dismissed Middlesex for 123 at lunch on the second morning of their LV= Division One match at Lord’s. Then, their batsmen capitalised on the advantage of a 55-run first-innings lead to finish the day on 213-4, a very healthy lead of 268.

A lot of attention will inevitably focus on Root, who made 63, but Adam Lyth also batted with some style to make 54 in a Yorkshire display which bristled with confidence and intent.

For their part, the White Rose batsmen, and particularly the stand-in skipper Root, will be lauding their seam bowlers whose unstinting efforts secured that lead on a cloudy morning at Lord’s.

Led by Ryan Sidebottom, whose spell of 9-5-11-3 removed Neil Dexter, Joe Denly and Eoin Morgan, the latter for 33 to a quite superb second-slip catch by Adam Lyth, the Yorkshire attack wrested the game away from the home batsmen, many of whose techniques were exposed against the moving ball.

Dexter’s tentative defensive push only edged the ball to Andy Hodd in the fourth over of the morning; Denly was lbw to one which swung back into him; and Morgan’s full-blooded drive nicked the ball high above Lyth’s head, only for the second slip to leap up and take the catch with two hands.

In its way, this latter dismissal epitomised Yorkshire’s approach on Monday and it left Middlesex in disarray on 83-6. Liam Plunkett then removed the middle stumps of both John Simpson and Tim Murtagh for single figure scores. Those dismissals sandwiched the departure of Ollie Rayner whose off pole was disturbed when he played down the wrong line to Jack Brooks, who finished with 3-47.

And a more or less perfect morning for Joe Root and his men was completed on the stroke of lunch when Steven Finn meekly tapped Steve Patterson straight into the hands of Plunkett at short mid-off. Yorkshire had taken seven wickets for 59 runs in 27.5 overs.

In the afternoon session the White Rose lost both Lees and Lyth but still remained in a dominant position on 119-2 when the players came in for tea.

The openers played positively from the outset and had extended their side’s advantage to 137 with a stand of 82 in 28 overs when Lees was bowled for 33, playing no shot to Ollie Rayner’s off-spin.

Lyth reached his 96-ball fifty with a boundary off Steven Finn but the bowler soon exacted revenge when the Yorkshire batsman edged a good ball to second slip where Rayner took a brilliant one-handed catch falling away to his right.

The opener’s departure for 54 brought Joe Root to the wicket and the stand-in Yorkshire skipper got off a pair with a squirted single before hooking his England colleague Finn for a six.

In the evening session Williamson and Root made good use of the best batting conditions of the match. The Yorkshire captain marked his comeback by reaching his fifty off 70 balls and it was something of a surprise when he was lbw to Finn, who had earlier had Williamson caught by Sam Robson in the slip cordon for 37.

While those dismissals may have taken a little of the gloss off Yorkshire’s day, they did not spoil it.

Tea:

Yorkshire lost both openers in the second session of their match against Middlesex at Lord’s but still remained in a dominant position when the players came in for tea.

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Taking a very healthy first-innings lead of 55 into the afternoon of the second day, Adam Lyth and Alex Lees proceeded to milk the home attack with some ease and the pair had extended their side’s advantage to 137 before Lees was bowled for 33, playing no shot to Ollie Rayner’s off-spin.

Lyth reached his 96-ball fifty with a boundary off Steven Finn but the bowler soon exacted revenge when the Yorkshire opener edged a good ball to second slip where Ollie Rayner took a brilliant one-handed catch falling away to his right.

The opener’s departure for 54 brought Joe Root to the wicket and the stand-in Yorkshire skipper got off a pair with a squirted single before hooking his England colleague Finn for a six.

By tea, Root was unbeaten on 11, Williamson was 15 not out and Yorkshire were 119-2, a lead of 174 with over two days left to play.

Lunch:

Yorkshire’s seamers made the most of helpful conditions and dismissed Middlesex for 123 at lunch on the second morning of their LV= Division One match at Lord’s.

Led by Ryan Sidebottom, whose spell of 9-5-11-3 removed Neil Dexter, Joe Denly and Eoin Morgan, the latter for 33 to a quite superb second-slip catch by Adam Lyth, the Yorkshire attack wrested the game away from the home batsmen, many of whose techniques were exposed against a ball which nipped around.

  • Dexter defensive push only edged the ball to Andy Hodd in the fourth over of the morning, Denly was beaten by one which swung back into him and Morgan’s full-blooded drive nicked the ball high above Lyth’s head, only for the leaping Whitby salmon to take the catch with two hands.

    That left Middlesex on 83-6 and Liam Plunkett then removed the middle stumps of both John Simpson and Tim Murtagh for single figure scores. Those dismissals sandwiched the departure of Ollie Rayner who lost his off pole when he played down the wrong line to Jack Brooks.

    A pretty perfect morning for Joe Root and his men was completed on the stroke of lunch when Steven Finn meekly tapped Steve Patterson straight into the hands of Plunkett at short mid-off. Yorkshire now have a very useful 55-run lead going into the fifth session of the game.

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