Jonny Bairstow became the third Yorkshire batsman to make a century in their three-day match with Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities, which finished in a draw at Headingley today.
The White Rose wicketkeeper, 24-years-old, followed hot on the heels of Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance as his 123 off 156 balls, including 12 fours and three sixes, helped the hosts total 454 all out in their first innings.
Replying to the visitors’ 139 on day one, Yorkshire took a first-innings lead of 315 into the final two sessions of the contest this afternoon and this evening.
Leeds/Bradford were 63-2 from 29 overs when bad light forced a premature end to proceedings at 5pm There was no play beyond tea.
This may not have been a win for Yorkshire, as it was in last year’s corresponding fixture, but they will head down to Northampton for next week’s friendly – not first-class – in plenty of heart given the bowlers were all in the wickets and their top order batsmen looked in excellent touch.
Yorkshire started the day on 366-5, and they were bowled out on the cusp of lunch as off-spinner Alex MacQueen took four of the five wickets to fall to finish with 4-116. The other wicket saw Dan Hodgson run out.
Liam Plunkett, Ryan Sidebottom, Bairstow and Brooks were all caught in the ring off MacQueen’s bowling.
This was Bairstow’s tenth first-class hundred, and his second in two months after hitting 117 for the Lions against a Sri Lanka Emerging Players team in Colombo in early February.
It moved him level with his late father David’s tally of ten first-class hundreds.
Sidebottom and Brooks started the students’ second innings with five maidens between them, while Sidebottom went on to bowl four in a row.
Brooks had Dan Young caught behind for a duck before Christian Davis was trapped lbw by Steve Patterson, leaving the score at 16-2 in the 13th over.
But opener Nick Gubbins (30 not out) and Will Vanderspar (unbeaten on 20) fashioned a recovery through until tea. Sidebottom finished with figures of 0-4 from six overs and Brooks 1-5 from six.
“It was an incredibly useful workout. I looked at it from today’s point of view. The key was to get a couple of batters to spend some time in the middle. Dan Hodgson unfortunately got run out, but did spend some time in the middle. I also thought it was important for Jonny to do the same.
“I thought he made a great hundred, I thought it was a fantastic knock. Then all the seamers got through a spell and got roughly 20 overs (each) for the game. I am absolutely delighted.
“The thing with Jonny is that he has travelled around with England a lot over the past 12 to 18 months without playing a hell of a lot of cricket. For him to put on a show for the crowd out here, I think is really important for him. I knew he was really determined. Once he got in yesterday afternoon, he looked really good. He continued that form today.”
Yorkshire need eight wickets in the final session if they are to win their three-day match against Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities at Headingley.
Starting the penultimate session of the fixture this afternoon 315 runs behind, the visitors have advanced their second innings to 63-2 from 29 overs having been in trouble at 16-2 in the 13th. They are still 252 runs in arrears.
Given the murky light, it may be a step too far for the White Rose to claim victory. But this has still been an extremely satisfying three days for coach Jason Gillespie and his players.
Ryan Sidebottom and Jack Brooks ensured the students’ first run off the bat did not come until the 32nd ball of the innings, while Sidebottom started off with four maidens in succession.
Brooks and Steve Patterson have been the wicket-takers. Brooks had Dan Young caught behind for a duck before Christian Davis was rapped on the pads by Patterson.
Opener Nick Gubbins is 30 not out and captain Will Vanderspar unbeaten on 20.
Jonny Bairstow’s tenth first-class hundred continued Yorkshire’s dominance of their three-day friendly against Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities at Headingley.
Bairstow, who made 123 off 156 balls, followed Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance to three figures before lunch on the final day of a match the White Rose are in with an excellent chance of winning having made 454 in reply to 139.
The England man reached his milestone off 134 balls with nine fours and three sixes after the dismissals of Dan Hodgson and Liam Plunkett, who were run out for 19 and caught at mid-off respectively.
Off-spinner Alex MacQueen picked up the wicket of Plunkett after Bairstow and Hodgson had shared a sixth-wicket stand of 64.
MacQueen later had Ryan Sidebottom, Bairstow, having hit a total of 12 fours and three sixes, and Jack Brooks all caught to finish with 4-116.