Yorkshire disappointingly lost their Championship match against Warwickshire at Harrogate yesterday as the visitors chased down the 336 required after a mammoth third wicket partnership of 206 in 158 minutes.
The six overs bowled the previous evening had suggested that the wicket, so bowler-friendly for the first two days, was easing, and so it proved as the third day dawned sunny under blue skies. The sun had dried out the wicket and the swing, which had been the main cause of problems for batsmen on the first two days, had disappeared.
Warwickshire stood at 117/2 at lunch, with Fisher and Wainman the successful bowlers. But the next success did not arrive until the final ball before tea as Freddie Coleman was LBW to Matthew Waite to break the third-wicket stand.
Coleman had made 118 (160 deliveries, 18 boundaries and three maximums) and his partner, Jonathan Webb remained on 92*(126 deliveries, 12 boundaries and two sixes).
The Yorkshire players congregated in the dressing room at tea-time and whatever was said, worked temporarily, as four more wickets fell to reduce the visitors to 292/6 and inspire hope that a miracle could occur.
But an unbroken seventh-wicket stand between Thomason and Adair shattered all such dreams. Waite and Carver each took two wickets but the over-riding impression was of one that got away.