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Gale, Brophy and Sayers see Yorkshire to a draw

— 20 July 2009

Andrew Gale, right, suffered the agony of being out for 99 – but his brave innings helped to save the match for Yorkshire on the last day of their LV Championship encounter with Nottinghamshire at Scarborough.

Andrew Gale, right, suffered the agony of being out for 99 – but his brave innings helped to save the match for Yorkshire on the last day of their LV Championship encounter with Nottinghamshire at Scarborough.

The game ended when Yorkshire declared on 232-5 with a lead of 68 after following-on, and as well as still being without a win this season they have now extended their sequence of First Class draws and defeats to 20 matches.

Coming together at 31-2 on the final morning, Sayers and Gale were still battling away at lunch when Yorkshire were 115-2, only 49 runs in arrears. Sayers moved steadily on to 36, and the more adventurous Gale to 58.

Yorkshire resumed at 14-1, still needing 150 to avoid the innings defeat, after Jacques Rudolph’s downfall to the final ball of the previous evening. Skipper Anthony McGrath took an early boundary off Ryan Sidebottom, who gave little else away in a fine spell from the Trafalgar Square End. It was Andre Adams who dismissed the Yorkshire captain at 32 when he moved across his stumps and was lbw for nine.

Fortunately for Yorkshire, the batting slump of the first innings was averted as Sayers and Gale assumed control – Andrew pulling Adams for four to go smartly to 25 and overtake his partner, despite batting for 12 fewer overs.

Sayers was becalmed on 22 for 35 minutes and 33 balls before driving Samit Patel for two, and when Paul Franks joined the attack Gale struck him through the off-side for four, and then went to his half-century with a gloriously on-driven six off Patel. He had received 68 balls, and hit eight other boundaries.

At lunch the stand was worth 84. Sayers had used up 116 balls over his 36 with five boundaries, while Gale had faced 75 balls, and struck nine fours and a six.

Two runs later the gallant stand ended: Sayers edged Sidebottom to third-slip Adams without addition to his pre-lunch score to bring in Jonathan Bairstow. The hero of the first innings deflected Sidebottom precariously through the slips for four, but Sidebottom was getting real life from round the wicket, and Bairstow, too, edged him to Adams. 131-4. Gerard Brophy was badly troubled by another lifting ball which went off the shoulder of his bat for four.

The rain came at 2.10pm, and the players came off with Yorkshire 135-4, still 29 runs short of saving the innings defeat. Gale had advanced to 70, with 11 fours and a six. Play restarted at 2.40, and Brophy drove Sidebottom through mid-on for four. Gale inside-edged Sidebottom perilously close to the diving Read, but the ball went through to the board for four. Gale reasserted his authority by hooking Sidebottom to the boundary to bring up the 150.

Adams replaced the weary Sidebottom, and Gale reached for one that he thrashed through the covers for four. Patel took the Pavilion End, and the umbrellas were going back up as Gale moved down to straight-drive the boundary that took Yorkshire to 165 – and saved the innings defeat. The players then came off again, but returned promptly after the tea interval, with 37 overs remaining. Brophy inside-edged Franks past the wicket-keeper for four.

Patel dropped short, and Gale cracked him square for four. Brophy played an anchor role - but when Patel offered a full-pitch he despatched it through mid-wicket. Gale on 99 came to a tragic end: Franks delivered an outrageous long-hop outside the off-stump which might have been called a wide – but Gale went to hoist it over mid-wicket, and Sidebottom accepted a dolly catch as he jogged round from mid-on. Gale’s 99 had occupied 228 minutes and 143 balls, and included 16 fours and one six. 182-5.

Tim Bresnan edged Franks past third-slip for the boundary that brought up the 200. Brophy straight-drove Adams for four, but was lucky when he sliced Sidebottom over the slips to the boundary. A cover-drive for two had more merit – and he followed this with a square-drive to the boundary. Alistair Brown was intoduced at the Pavilion End, but Bresnan smashed him through the overs for four, and Yorkshire were 60 ahead.

Patel relieved Sidebottom, and Brophy swung a full-pitch through mid-wicket for four and tickeled him round to fine-leg for two to bring up his 50 in 105 balls with 10 fours. The players shook hands at 4.51pm with Yorkshire 68 ahead and the match a draw.


310x620_fitbox-bairstow_bats_2009.jpegDay 3: Jonathan Bairstow, left, hit a fighting 84 not out, but still could not quite prevent Yorkshire from having to follow on against Nottinghamshire on Day 3 of their LV Championship match at Scarborough.

Bairstow’s brave effort - his third unbeaten half-century in only his fifth Championship appearance - helped Yorkshire to recover from 105-8 to 231 all out when they were only 15 runs away from avoiding the follow-on which Nottinghamshire were quick to enforce.

They were left with seven overs in which to bat, and Jacques Rudolph was out in the day’s final over to leave them 14-1.

Earlier, nightwatchman David Wainwright once again showed his potential as a batsman. Replying to the visitors’ first innings score of 395, Yorkshire went in to lunch on 81-6. 

Andre Adams did most of the damage in a seven-over spell at the Trafalgar Square End which brought him three wickets for six runs.

Joe Sayers was nine and Wainwright still to get off the mark when Yorkshire resumed on 25-2.

The lion’s share of the scoring came from Wainwright, who advanced with a series of crisp boundary strokes: he began by hitting Adams, bowling at this stage from the Pavilion End, through the covers for four either side of three consecutive maidens before Sayers off-drove Ryan Sidebottom to the fence.

Wainwright’s fifth boundary out of 21 brought up the 50 – but at 61 he lost Sayers, who stretched forward at Sidebottom, and was caught behind by Chris Read.

Only 11 runs were added in 10 overs after Andrew Gale joined Wainwright before the nightwatchman departed for 29, edging a loose drive at Adams low to David Hussey’s right at second slip.

The same combination accounted for Gale to leave Yorkshire struggling on 73-5. Yorkshire had two wicket-keepers together in Jonathan Bairstow and Gerard Brophy – but Brophy did not last long, cutting too casually at Sidebottom to be caught by Samit Patel at point.

With a further 165 needed to avoid the follow-on when the afternoon began, there was plenty of work for the lower order if Yorkshire were to save the match. Bairstow cut two fours, and Bresnan also found the point boundary, but at 97 Bresnan pushed at Sidebottom, and was caught by first-slip Brown for seven. At 2pm the players were diven from the field by rain, with Bairstow not out 12, and Adil Rashid yet to score. Twenty minutes later the rain became heavy. The tea interval began at 3.10pm, and the umpires inspected the conditions at 3.30pm. So strong was the afternoon sunshine – and so hard did the groundstaff work to remove surface water that it was possible to restart at 4pm, with 43 overs left for play.

Rashid made one or two vain passes outside the off-stump…and it was no surprise when he touched Sidebottom low to first slip, where Brown made another clean catch. 105-8. Bairstow inside-edged Sidebottom to the fine-leg boundary, and Matthew Hoggard edged Sidebottom for four to third-man to get off the mark. Bairstow cut and pulled Adams for fours in successive deliveries. Hoggard impressed with a cover-drive off Fletcher, but they had to settle for three. Bairstow smashed Fletcher through mid-wicket for four.

The total had reached 149 when Hoggard, 11, fastened on to a short one from Franks – but banged it straight to the safe hands of Mark Wagh at cover. Kruis steered his first ball to the off for two to raise the 150, and in the next over from Franks he flashed a short one to the cover boundary. Bairstow heroically lifted Fletcher for six to the Press Box to bring up his 50 in 100 balls with a six and six fours. It was his third 50 in five Championship innings.

Kruis twice sliced Franks wide of the slips for four in the same over. Bairstow hit Patel one bounce straight for four. Bairstow turned Patel to leg to raise the 50 stand, and Kruis pushed him to the off to raise the 200 – a milestone which had seemed impossible at 105-8.  David Hussey took the Pavilion End, and Bairstow delighted the crowd with a reverse-sweep for four. Bairstow swept and reverse-swept Patel for fours, and with a straight drive off the returning Adams he had his career-best.

Sidebottom took the new ball. Kruis hammered him to the off – and Yorkshire were only 15 short of saving the follow-on when Kruis smacked Sidebottom to Adams, who held him at gully. Kruis’s 37 included for fours, and Bairstow’s 84 not out included 10 fours and one six. Yorkshire all out 231 after a last-wicket stand of 82. Sidebottom was the leading bowler for Nottinghamshire with 5-59, and Adams had 4-39. Chris Read promptly asked Yorkshire to bat again 164 runs behind on first innings.

Jacques Rudolph and Joe Sayers went out to negotiate the seven overs remaining. Rudolph got Yorkshire started with a backfoot drive through the covers, and his second four came when he leaned on Adams to turn him through mid-wicket. The last over had been reached when Sidebottom achieved that little extra bounce – and Rudolph, 12, deflected a comfortable catch to Hussey at second slip. 14-1, and Yorkshire ended a troubled day needing 150 more runs to save the innings defeat with nine second-innings wickets standing.


Day 2: Matthew Hoggard took an early Nottinghamshire wicket, but Yorkshire had the tables turned on them as David Hussey and Andre Adams flogged their bowling to all parts of North Marine Road on Day 2 of their LV Championship match at Scarborough.

After being 125-6 soon after the start, Nottinghamshire went on to amass 395 with Hussey taking his innings to 189 from 205 balls with 26 fours and seven sixes, while Adams, coming in at No 10, thrashed 84 from 57 deliveries with five fours and eight sixes. Jacques Rudolph and skipper Anthony McGrath were then out in the closing stage, and Yorkshire were a sorry 25-2 in reply to Nottinghamshire’s 395, still needing 221 runs to avoid the follow-on.

The morning turned sour as the Yorkshire attack was blunted by the dashing blade of Australian David Hussey. By lunch Nottinghamshire had moved from their overnight 101-5 to 237-6, with Hussey unbeaten on 142 and his seventh-wicket stand with Paul Franks, 40, worth 112.

Hussey stood on 59 and Chris Read seven when Nottinghamshire resumed in a strong wind which made bowling more difficult than yesterday for the Yorkshire seamers. Read took boundaries off Hoggard and Tim Bresnan before he drove over one from Hoggard and had his off-bail trimmed. Nottinghamshire were 125-6, but Yorkshire soon began to lose their position of supremacy through a combination of poor bowling and strong strokeplay - particularly from the unstoppable Hussey, left, 310x620_fitbox-husset_100_notts_scarb_july_22_20091.jpegwho hit three boundaries in four balls off Bresnan.

Deon Kruis was ineffective when he took over from Hoggard, and Adil Rashid was quickly punished - boundaries on either side of the wicket for Hussey racing him to his century off 131 balls, with 20 fours and a six.

Hussey drove Rashid over long-on for six, and when left-armer David Wainwright came on for the first time Hussey dragged him over mid-wicket for six. He smashed Bresnan for another six before steering his next ball high over the slips for four. 

Runs were coming rapidly, and at lunch Hussey and Franks had added 112 runs in 26 overs.

Hussey went for Kruis after the break: he drove him straight and through the covers – and when Kruis  saw him coming and dropped short Hussey levered him over third-man for six.

Hussey heaved Wainwright over mid-wicket to reach his 150 with his fourth six to go with his 24 fours – and then thumped another six over extra-cover in the same over.

Kruis from the Trafalgar House End was not at his best, but Franks came close to getting a touch when one moved away off a good length. Three times Franks flashed and escaped.

The stand was worth 147 when the wicket Yorkshire so desperately needed fell: Franks had shown increasing signs of restlessness, and at 272 he tried to drive Rashid through the covers, left his gate open and was bowled.

His 48 with seven fours had helped Hussey to turn the game round. Fletcher was lbw to Kruis first ball he received – but Adams’s first scoring shot was a six off Kruis over square-leg.

The batsmen changed ends – and Adams hit Rashid for six over mid-wicket. Hussey lifted Rashid for six over long-on, smacked him through the covers for four, went for long-on again…but miscued: this time the ball came down inside the rope, and Joe Sayers brought off a steepling catch.

Hussey had made 189 off 205 balls in 262 minutes with 26 fours and seven sixes. 302-9, and the game was unrecognisable from last night. Adams was joined by Yorkshire exile Ryan Sidebottom, and continued to attack: he had 23 with two sixes and a four and Sidebottom had also picked up a boundary when at 2.50pm and 321-9 the players left the field for bad light. A heavy shower followed, and it was announced that tea would be taken at 3.10. Another heavy shower fell during the interval. Twice the umpires inspected, and twice there was more rain. The restart was fixed for 4.55pm, with 28 overs remaining in the day.

Hoggard took the Pavilion End: Sidebottom leg-glanced, and Kruis’s despairing dive on the rope could not prevent the four. Adams wafted Hoggard over square-leg for four and smashed him over long-off for six in successive balls. They changed ends – and Adams swung Bresnan round so hard that the ball crashed high on the pavilion roof and had to be replaced. Next ball Adams steered Bresnan through third-man for four. He flailed and missed…then hit Bresnan though the covers for four to make it 15 off the over, and the 350 was passed. Sidebottom blocked an over from Hoggard.

Adams battered Bresnan through the covers for four and his 50 in 32 balls, with five fours and four sixes. Rashid returned at the Trafalgar Square End, and Adams bludgeoned him over mid-wicket. Next…Wainwright at the Pavilion End, and Adams hit him wide of long-on for another six. Adams played a tremendous mow at Rashid, which Bairstow on the mid-wicket boundary tried to catch as he stayed inside the rope and ball passed behind him. Six. The next ball went in the same direction…and was completely out of reach.

An lbw shout by Wainwright was turned down, but the prize went to Kruis: Adams gave himself room to swing, but edged high to wicket-keeper Gerard Brophy, who had no problem. Adams’s 84 included eight sixes and five fours, and his last-wicket stand with Sidebottom was worth 93. All out 395, and Yorkshire’s chief wicket-taker was Bresnan, with 4-116 in 30 overs. Hoggard finished with 2-57 in 21 overs, Kruis 2-79 and Rashid 2-97.

Yorkshire had 11 overs to bat tonight. Sidebottom moved his first ball away from Rudolph, but brought his second one back and Rudolph was lbw. McGrath hit two fours, one of them a heartening blow through long-off, but at 25 he pushed forward to first-change Adams, and was bowled. 25-2. Sayers was nine not out, and nightwatchman Wainwright is yet to score.



Yorkshire Troops Honoured: Drummers of the Yorkshire Regiment herald the presentation of operational medals to soldiers who have returned from service in Iraq, based in Baghad, Basra and Kosovo. North Marine Road provided a moving setting to the presentation, which was made by Scarborough Club Chairman Bill Mustoe, below, to Lance Corporal Lewis Green and Privates Jordan Stott, Matthew Wright, Dale McHelhatton, Michael Smith, Damien Rushworth, Michael Simpson, Robert Urry, Shane Lister and Cunnett. The regiment was involved in arrest, search and strike tasks supporting the Iraqi security forces and working with many nationalities. The soldiers lived and worked under exacting conditions, but they have returned home in the knowledge that they have made a lasting contribution to the Iraqi people.



Today’s Action Pictures From Scarborough: SIMON WILKINSON

Day 1: Tim Bresnan enjoyed his first four-wicket haul of the season to reduce Nottinghamshire to 101-5 as Yorkshire had the best of a weather-hit opening day to their LV Championship match at Scarborough.

Bresnan ended up with 4-41 from 15 hostile overs, and the only batsman to play his shots with any confidence was David Hussey, who was unbeaten on 59 with 11 fours - one of them from overthrows - and a six when further bad light had the final say with only 34 overs bowled.

Play began at 12.15pm, lunch to be taken at 1.30. Nottinghamshire won the toss and decided to bat - and soon were left wondering whether they had done the right thing as the pitch had plenty in it to aid the fast bowlers.

Yorkshire showed three changes from the side which drew with Durham last week - Gerard Brophy returning after injury to replace Adam Lyth, and Deon Kruis taking over from Ajmal Shahzad, who has not fully recovered from his hamstring strain. Rana Naved-ul-Hasan has been called up by Pakistan for their series of one-day internationals in Sri Lanka, and his absence brought in Deon Kruis. Jonathan Bairstow retained his place, but Brophy put on the wicket-keeping gloves.

Nottinghamshire openers Matthew Wood and Bilal Shafayat found the going difficult as both Hoggard and Bresnan moved the ball around. The score was only 11 in the eighth over when Wood edged a delivery which left him and was caught at third slip by Adil Rashid.

310x620_fitbox-hoggard_wicket_scarborough_july_21.jpegFour runs later, Shafayat played across a full ball from Hoggard, left and below, and was lbw for seven to bring in David Hussey, who off-drove him to the boundary.

Kruis came on at the pavilion end, but twice in one over bowled half-volleys to Hussey who hammered them to the extra-cover boundary.

Hoggard was rested with the excellent figures of 7-3-9-1 and replaced by Bresnan, who quickly claimed his second wicket of the morning:

Mark Wagh could not resist sparring outside the off-stump for Brophy to hold the catch, leaping to his right.

The umpires and players appeared promptly for the restart – but took one look at the light before retracing their steps to the pavilion.

There was some light rain – not enough to stop the spectators’ own games in the outfield - and play was not resumed until 4.20pm, when 35 overs remained. Kruis opened the attack from the Pavilion End – but it was with Bresnan’s second ball from the Trafalgar Square End that the fourth blow fell: Patel edged one that lifted and moved away to second slip, where Joe Sayers took a low catch with both hands. 43-4.

Kruis was dropping too short, and Hussey drove him for two fours off the back foot through the covers in one over. At the other end Hussey straight-drove Bresnan for four, and drove him through extra-cover for another boundary. Rashid succeeded Kruis at the Pavilion End, but again it was Bresnan who struck: Brown flashed a short, rising ball outside off-stump to third slip – where Rashid held a head-high catch. 84-5.

Hussey hoisted Rashid for a straight six to reach his 50 in 71 balls with 10 fours, including a boundary overthrow, and a six – and drove Rashid through long-on for another four. At 5.20pm and 101-5 the umpires brought the players off again for bad light. Hussey was 59 not out and Read seven.  They did not return.


hoggard_congratulated_600_july_21_2009.jpegToday’s Action Pictures From Scarborough: SIMON WILKINSON


Jacques Rudolph, Joe Sayers, Anthony McGrath (capt), Adam Lyth, Andrew Gale, Jonathan Bairstow (wk), Tim Bresnan, Adil Rashid, Rana Naved, Matthew Hoggard, Ajmal Shahzad and David Wainwright.   


M Wood, B Shafayat, M Wagh, A Brown, D Hussey, S Patel, C Read, M Ealham, A Adams, R Sidebottom, C Shrek and D. Pattinson. 


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.