Yorkshire and Durham were frustrated by the weather from mid-afternoon onwards during today’s second day of their LV= County Championship match at Headingley.
Rain arrived at 2.20pm with Durham, in reply to Yorkshire’s 426, at 49-1 after five balls of the 20th over. And when play resumed at 3pm, only a further five balls were possible as Durham reached 50-1 in the 21st over.
Only 40.2 overs were bowled today, and play was abandoned at 4.35pm.
Tim Bresnan took the only visiting wicket to fall when he had Mark Stoneman caught behind by Jonny Bairstow with the score on 39 in the 16th over before Scott Borthwick was handed a life by Adam Lyth at second slip off Bresnan in the 20th.
Yorkshire had earlier advanced their first-innings total from an overnight 367-7 during 80 minutes of batting before lunch, in which Jack Brooks and Ryan Sidebottom shared 46 for the last wicket.
Durham’s England Lions seamer Mark Wood completed figures of 5-87 from 24 overs with the wicket of Steve Patterson, caught behind for 17, as Yorkshire fell to 380-9 and in danger of not posting a fifth batting bonus point.
That would have been unthinkable when Lyth and Alex Lees were going strong in their first-wicket stand of 270 just after tea yesterday.
The first wicket of the morning had been Bresnan caught at second slip by Borthwick off the bowling of Australian John Hastings.
Brooks and Sidebottom came together needing 20 to secure the fifth batting point with seven overs left of the 110.
They nudged and nurdled singles calmly before the equation became one run off six balls prior to the bonus point cut-off mark. Brooks was on strike against Borthwick’s leg-spin, and he swept the 400th run off the fifth ball of the over.
The ex-Northamptonshire man hit three fours in 27 not out and Sidebottom two in 25 before he was caught at deep mid-wicket on the sweep against Borthwick. The tenth-wicket alliance was the joint second highest partnership of the innings.
Patterson was Yorkshire’s most probing bowler during a seven-over spell costing him 13 runs. He regularly beat the bat of the left-handed trio of Stoneman, Keaton Jennings and Borthwick.
Jennings and Borthwick will resume in the morning unbeaten on 25 and three respectively.
Tim Bresnan has taken the only Durham wicket to fall during a truncated afternoon session at Headingley due to rain.
There were only 11.4 overs bowled in this LV= County Championship match’s second afternoon, which saw Durham advance to 50-1 after four balls of the 21st over.
Bresnan had Mark Stoneman caught behind by Jonny Bairstow for 21, leaving the score at 39-1, before Scott Borthwick was handed a life when Adam Lyth dropped a chance at second slip off Bresnan shortly before the first rain delay at 2.20pm with Durham on 49-1.
Play resumed at 3pm, but only five balls were possible before the weather returned.