Yorkshire assistant coach Ali Maiden has hailed the record-breaking 305 partnership between centurions Adam Lyth and Jonny Tattersall as “absolute class”.
Lyth (183) and Tattersall (180 not out) broke the record for the county’s highest ever sixth-wicket partnership during a second day at Scarborough dominated by the bat.
Yorkshire advanced from 364-5 overnight to 521 during the first half of the afternoon before Surrey responded with 191-1.
Lyth progressed from 152 overnight, while Tattersall started the day on 104.
“For us to get maximum batting points is fantastic, and that partnership between Lythy and Tatts was absolute class,” said Maiden, who spoke of Tattersall’s return to the side for his first Championship appearance of the season.
“Gibbo has been really good at trying to give people opportunities and for it not to be a one time, all or nothing.
“The message to Tatts has been, ‘Dukey’s had his opportunity, now it’s yours. This is not a one-off. You’ve done well in the second team, come and play’.
“Hopefully that means he feels a bit more relaxed. He built a partnership with Lythy and played beautifully.”
On the position of the game at its halfway stage, Maiden said: “We’ve batted well.
“We hoped we would get a few more wickets with the new ball, but it’s going to be that type of game where the teams are going to have to bowl well.
“Then, I imagine, things will happen quite quickly in the second innings if we are going to get a result.
“We have to turn up tomorrow, have a good first hour and go from there.
“We’ve had chances. Burns, we caught off a no ball, and one off Amla nearly carried to gully.
“Tomorrow, hopefully a few of those will go to hand and we’ll get some inroads.
“What we’d like to do is hold one side of the pitch better than we did. If we can make sure we don’t get hit both sides of the pitch, that would be our way of controlling the rate and taking wickets.
“Hopefully it will spin more and more because that’s where the game will progress.”