Harry Brook has revealed how a determination to match his father’s career best score helped drive him to a superb 194 on day three against Kent at Headingley.
Brook’s career best score ultimately was not enough to match his father David’s past exploits in a Burley-in-Wharfedale shirt. But it still helped Yorkshire into a strong position in their third LV= Insurance County Championship match of the season.
Brook, 23, along with Dawid Malan’s 152, provided the cornerstone of the county’s first-innings 571 as they replied to Kent’s 291.
The visitors eroded the 280-run deficit from mid-afternoon onwards to the tune of 118-2, giving themselves a chance of securing a draw.
“It’s really nice to be out there for some time, score some runs for the team and put a score on the board,” said in-form Brook, at close of play.
“My dad’s highest score is 210, so I was aiming towards that. That was always in the back of my mind, wanting to get past him. Unfortunately today wasn’t the day!”
Yorkshire had to do without Haris Rauf in the second innings due to a left side niggle, and that may continue to be the case during the final day.
But Brook remains confident of victory: “Absolutely,” he said.
“Bessy is going to play a big part in that. He is probably going to bowl for the majority of the game from one end now and hopefully get a bit out of the wicket.
“We dropped a couple of catches at the end, which might be vital. But that happens, and we have to move on and create more chances.”
Kent’s George Linde, who claimed the last three Yorkshire wickets with his left-arm spin, spoke of a flat pitch – and Brook said there wasn’t much turn on offer for the off-spin of Bess.
“Not really from straight, but there is from a bit wider to the left-hander,” he added.