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Tons from Rudolph and Gale seal Roses draw

— 30 July 2009

Jacques Rudolph and Andrew Gale both hit hundreds as they shared a third-wicket partnership of 218 in 60 overs to help save their County Championship match against Lancashire at Old Trafford today.

Jacques Rudolph and Andrew Gale both hit hundreds as they shared a third-wicket partnership of 218 in 60 overs to help save their County Championship match against Lancashire at Old Trafford today.

Rudolph hit eleven fours in 127 off 280 balls, and Gale ten fours and two sixes in 121 off 173 to help their side to a second innings total of 354-4 when rain ended proceedings at 4.40pm.

“I was really pleased with the way we went about our batting in the second innings – it’s just frustrating that we can’t do that in the first innings,” said director of professional cricket Martyn Moxon. “We have fought all season, I don’t think that is a problem. It’s a lack of mindset and ability to maintain a focus for long enough in four-day cricket. I thought today was outstanding. Rudolph and Gale set the tone this morning. Everybody else followed.”

This was Gale’s second Roses century against Lancashire at Old Trafford in successive seasons, and he reached three figures just after lunch off 141 balls. Fellow left-hander Rudolph followed him when he swept Keedy for two over square-leg three overs later, in the 68th over of the innings. The South African had faced 209 balls, and had hit nine boundaries. While this was Rudolph’s third Championship century of the season, this was Gale’s second. And it would have surely been the sweetest of three after the latter’s 99 against Nottinghamshire at Scarborough last week. This was also Gale’s second Roses century in successive matches against Lancashire at Old Trafford.

The pair’s third-wicket partnership proved to be a Roses record third-wicket partnership for Yorkshire against Lancashire at Old Trafford.

Red Rose bowlers Tom Smith, who finished with career best match figures of 8-108 from 31 overs, and Gary Keedy claimed the two wickets to fall today.

Gale was first to go, trapped lbw by Smith to leave the score at 257-3 in the 75th over of the Yorkshire second innings, and Rudolph was caught at leg-slip by Paul Horton off the left-arm spin of Keedy to leave the score at 299-4 in the penultimate over before tea.

Yorkshire, who began day four at 71-2, had been faced with a first innings deficit of 308 when they began their second innings last night. That was wiped out by Jonny Bairstow and Gerard Brophy in a fifth wicket partnership of 55. Bairstow, unbeaten on 52, recorded his fourth unbeaten half-century in just his sixth Championship match.

While Yorkshire take five points from the fixture, moving one point clear of the relegation zone, Lancashire take 12. Yorkshire have travelled straight down to Hampshire ahead of Wednesday’s Pro40 Leadue Division One match at the Rose Bowl.

Day 3 Close: Yorkshire 181 and 71-2, Lancashire 489-5d

Yorkshire were faced with the task of batting out just under four sessions of their County Championship match against Lancashire at Old Trafford for a five-point draw.


Lancashire, in reply to the visitors’ first innings total of 181, amassed 489-5 before declaring with 25 overs of day three remaining plus the 96 allocated for tomorrow’s final day.

Faced with a first innings deficit of 308, Jacques Rudolph and Andrew Gale helped Yorkshire make it to close at 71-2 after 25 overs. They are still 237 runs behind.    

The hosts had Indian Test batsman VVS Laxman to thank as they made it beyond 400 in time to claim five batting bonus points during the third afternoon. It is only the second time in 29 LV Division One fixtures that the Red Rose county have recorded the maximum haul, but Laxman had to wallop leg-spinner Adil Rashid for 15 off the 120th over to do it. The 34 year-old had already reached his third Championship century for Lancashire, and was out for 109 off 207 balls when he was caught at first slip by Rudolph off the bowling of Rashid. He followed star of the show Mal Loye, who had recorded his first ton since April, 2007. Loye had earlier been bowled by Rashid for 146 off 234 balls. The pair shared 225 for the third wicket in 64 overs.

Yorkshire failed to make a breakthrough this morning, and had to wait until the 47th over of the day to do so. Yorkshire did not bowl too badly, which was also the case on a rain interrupted day two yesterday as well, but they failed to create chances. When they did – Laxman was caught at point on 24 by Rich Pyrah with the 12th ball of the day – Ajmal Shahzad had bowled a no ball.

Pace bowler Shahzad was tight along with Matthew Hoggard and Tim Bresnan, and later got his reward when he had Francois du Plessis (18) caught at short cover by Joe Sayers. Yorkshire took three wickets this afternoon – Rashid with two of them – but Lancashire ploughed on towards a declaration.

Mark Chilton (38 not out) and stand-in captain Luke Sutton (30 not out) shared an unbroken 63 in eleven overs for the sixth wicket before declaring. Bresnan finished with the pick of the figures with 1-90 from 34 overs, but Rashid was expensive as he recorded 2-126 from 27.

Yorkshire then made a bad start to their second innings as Sajid Mahmood forced Joe Sayers to edge to Laxman at second slip in the fifth over. Anthony McGrath added 14 before he was trapped lbw by Tom Smith, who claimed six wickets in the first innings, to leave the score at 39-2 in the 15th over. Rudolph finished the day 33 not out, Andrew Gale reached 17. 

Day 2 Close: - Yorkshire 181, Lancashire 219-2.

Matthew Hoggard claimed the wicket of Tom Smith in the first over of the second day of Yorkshire’s County Championship match at Old Trafford today, but eventually rain was the winner.

Lancashire added just 45 runs in 13.4 overs to their overnight score of 106-0 before rain prompted an early lunch. The players returned at 5.20pm, and the home side reached 219-2 at close. Only 33 overs were possible on day two.

Hoggard had Smith, who failed to add to his overnight score of 40, caught behind by a juggling Gerard Brophy with the sixth ball of the day. And the Tykes were cock-a-hoop when Paul Horton failed to reach his third Roses century in five innings. He was caught behind by Brophy down the leg-side off the bowling of Tim Bresnan for 84 with the tenth ball after the players returned to the field this evening.

Horton had earlier been dropped at third slip by Adil Rashid off the bowling of Bresnan whilst on 64, but Brophy made no mistake to end the opener’s 161-ball stay at the crease.

Former England one-day international batsman Mal Loye then carried on where Horton left off by reaching his third 50 of the Championship season off 73 balls with eight fours and one top edged six off Ajmal Shahzad.

He ended the day 61 not out off 93 balls, having hit nine fours and one six, with VVS Laxman for company on 23 not out. The pair shared an unbroken 63 for the third wicket, and Lancashire lead by 38 runs.


Day 1 Close: Yorkshire 181 and Lancashire 106-0

Yorkshire’s County Championship relegation fears show no signs of disappearing after a worrying start to their Roses match against Lancashire at Old Trafford today. The White Rose were bowled out for 181 inside 53 overs during the afternoon session of the first day, and then failed to make the breakthrough with the ball as Paul Horton and Tom Smith shared an unbroken 106 for the first wicket in reply.

Andrew Gale, who hit 99 against Nottinghamshire at Scarborough last week, was the lone hand with 54 off 93 balls, but Lancashire all-rounder Tom Smith claimed career best figures of 6-46 from 13 consecutive overs with his medium pace.

The visitors, who included Rich Pyrah at the expense of David Wainwright, won the toss and elected to bat first.  

Jacques Rudolph was bowled by Sajid Mahmood in the 13th over of the match, a ball that he misjudged and left alone. Captain Anthony McGrath was next to go, five overs later, when edged Smith behind to wicketkeeper Luke Sutton. And Joe Sayers was the third wicket to fall when he was well caught, low down by VVS Laxman at second slip off the bowling of Smith for 34. That left the score at 77-3 in the 24th over, but Gale and Jonny Bairstow have safely navigated their side through to lunch without any further alarms.

Yorkshire went into lunch at 91-3 – but lost Bairstow with the first ball after lunch, a Smith ball that was caught at third slip by Mark Chilton. Smith then got Gerard Brophy and Tim Bresnan six overs later, the former caught at mid-on by Sajid Mahmood, the latter caught behind by Luke Sutton.

Adil Rashid was then caught behind off the bowling of Kyle Hogg, and Pyrah went the same way off Smith’s bowling to leave the score at 122-8 in the 38th over.

Gale and Ajmal Shahzad (26 not out) shared 36 for the ninth wicket before the former was caught at point by Mal Loye off Mahmood, who completed the innings by removing Matthew Hoggard. The ninth wicket partnership between Gale and Shahzad was the second highest of the innings behind the 39 shared between openers Sayers and Rudolph.

Although there was a little bit of help for the bowlers, it is generally a good pitch to bat on. Horton and Smith demonstrated that as they shared their side’s best opening partnership of the Championship season. Horton reached his fourth 50 of the season off 78 balls with seven fours, and made it to 61 when rain and bad light forced the players off the field seven overs early. Smith will resume tomorrow on 40, and Lancashire still trail by 75.


Anthony McGrath leads his Yorkshire side to Old Trafford this week hoping that a Roses derby might lead the White Rose County back to winning ways.


Jacques Rudolph, Joe Sayers, Anthony McGrath (capt), Andrew Gale, Jonathan Bairstow, Gerard Brophy (wk), Tim Bresnan, Adil Rashid, Ajmal Shahzad, David Wainwright, Matthew Hoggard, Richard Pyrah and Steve Patterson.   


To be announced… 


Hours of Play 

Morning session: 11am to 1pm
Afternoon session: 1.40pm to 3.40pm
Evening session: 4pm to 6pm

In the event of more than 32 overs remaining to be bowled at 3.40pm (3.10pm in matches scheduled to start in September) the tea interval will be delayed and play will continue until 32 overs remain to be bowled at which time the tea interval will commence.

(Timings are brought forward 30 minutes for matches where the first day of the match is scheduled to start in September). On each of the first three days there is provision for playing time to be extended by the amount of time lost in that day up to a maximum of 30 minutes.

Overs in a day 

 Play shall continue on each day until the completion of a minimum number of overs or until the scheduled cessation time, whichever is the later. The minimum number of overs to be completed, unless an innings ends or an interruption occurs, shall be:  

  • 96 overs minimum on days other than the last day

  • 80 overs minimum on the last day plus 16 overs in the last hour unless captains agree there is no prospects of a positive result.

Points System 

  • 14 points for a win plus bonus points in the first innings

  • In a tie, each side to score seven points, plus any bonus points in the first innings

  • In a drawn match, each side to score four points, plus any bonus points scored in the first innings. If a match is abandoned without a ball being bowled, each side to score four points

  • Batting bonus points, awarded only for performances in the first 120 overs of each first innings and retained whatever the result of the match:
    200 to 249 runs – 1 point
    250 to 299 runs – 2 points
    300 to 349 runs – 3 points
    350 to 399 runs – 4 points
    400 runs or over – 5 points

  • Bowling bonus points, awarded only for performances in the first 120 overs of each first innings and retained whatever the result of the match:
    3 to 5 wickets taken – 1 point
    6 to 8 wickets taken – 2 points
    9 to 10 wickets taken – 3 points

The side which has the highest aggregate of points gained at the end of the season shall be the Champion County.