Andrew Gale scored the 16th century of his first-class career during a dominant second day for Yorkshire against Durham at Emirates Durham today.
The Yorkshire captain bounced back from the disappointment of having to drop himself last week to hit 124 off 231 balls, including ten fours, to expertly back-up Adam Lyth’s hundred yesterday.
Yorkshire posted a mammoth first-innings score of 589-8 declared just after tea, the third highest score ever on this ground. Jonny Bairstow also added a polished 95 to Kane Williamson’s first-day 97.
Durham’s reply had reached 62-1 from 19 overs when bad light stopped play seven overs early. Mark Stoneman reached 48 not out from 53 balls. Ryan Sidebottom claimed the only wicket.
Gale and Bairstow shared an innings-high 198 inside 49 overs for the fourth wicket, 156 of which were scored today.
The pair batted through a pulsating morning session, scoring 152 in 30 overs. They narrowly missed out on getting their side’s fifth batting bonus point for reaching 400 inside 110 overs.
Bairstow will consider himself mighty unfortunate not to have reached a hundred in his first match of the season because his lbw decision against Chris Rushworth looked like it was high and going down leg.
As it was, he was on his way in the 130th over with Yorkshire 455-4. He hit eleven fours in 161 balls.
Gale had reached his hundred off 178 balls with nine fours shortly before Bairstow’s dismissal, and the left-hander had added another 24 by the time he was caught behind off medium pacer Keaton Jennings with the score on 501 in the 143rd.
Gale had been dropped in the slips by Scott Borthwick on 92 off Paul Collingwood’s bowling.
Adil Rashid’s good early season form with the bat continued with a 96-ball 68. He hit the only six of the match so far shortly after tea as he and Andrew Hodd (41 not out) shared 87 inside 21 overs for the sixth wicket.
Rashid was actually one of three wickets to fall in four balls almost immediately after tea as Durham took the third new ball.
The ball after he lofted Rushworth over long-on for six, he was caught at deep cover point by Kumar Sangakkara.
At the start of the next, Graham Onions had Tim Bresnan caught behind and Liam Plunkett lbw with successive deliveries before Gale opted to declare and leave his bowlers with 26 overs to bowl before close.
Sidebottom struck in the 16th over when he had left-handed Jennings, the son of former South Africa coach Ray, caught behind by Hodd for nine, leaving the score at 48-1.
Stoneman ensured there was no further damage for the hosts with a near run-a-ball effort which included four fours. He will resume tomorrow morning with Borthwick for company. Borthwick did not bowl an over in the Yorkshire innings due to a finger injury.
Yorkshire are heading towards a score of 600 against Durham in their ongoing LV= County Championship match.