Bairstow excels for Yorkshire

Published: Monday 8th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Jonny Bairstow held Yorkshire together with a sparkling unbeaten 125 as the hosts fought back against leaders Middlesex in the LV= County Championship Division One clash at Headingley.

Yorkshire had ended an eventful day one on 96 for four and looked in further trouble on Monday as they slipped to 170 for nine in reply to Middlesex’s first innings score of 212.

But Bairstow’s 10th-wicket stand of 59 with Jack Brooks took the home side to 229 and a first-innings lead of 17, with the former smashing 10 fours and four sixes in his impressive turn.

Two wickets from Brooks then helped restrict Middlesex to 127 for four at stumps, an advantage of 108.

Durham gave themselves a useful lead over Somerset at Chester-le-Street thanks to second-innings half-centuries from Paul Collingwood, Paul Coughlin and John Hastings.

Somerset began day two on 147 for four in their first innings but were eventually skittled for 225 – a lead of 36 – with the fall of Johann Myburgh for 61 marking the beginning of the end for them.

The hosts then returned for a second spell at the crease and grasped the opportunity with both hands, with Collingwood (58), Coughlin (54) and Hastings (79) leading the way to a score of 314 all out, setting their opponents a victory target of 279.

Hampshire closed in on their first win since promotion after Adam Wheater’s hundred and four wickets for Fidel Edwards helped put them in charge against Sussex at Hove.

Wheater’s 111 was his second century for the county, and although Gareth Berg was run out for 99, their stand of 165 helped Hampshire reach 392 and establish a first innings lead of 141.

Edwards then removed Sussex’s top three with the new ball and came back towards the close to pick up Chris Nash for 50 as the hosts closed on 142 for five, a lead of just one run.

In Division Two, a century from Michael Klinger helped Gloucestershire keep the pace with leaders Lancashire at Bristol.

Having crumbled from 15 for two overnight to 72 for five before lunch, Klinger and Geraint Jones joined forces to add 167 for the sixth wicket and set the home side on their way to a total of 277 – a narrow first-innings advantage of two.

By the close, Lancashire, were 14 without loss in their second turn at the crease.

Surrey put themselves in a position of strength on day two against Leicestershire, ending the day on 210 for six in their second innings – a lead of 273.

Despite a solid 68 from opener Angus Robson, Leicestershire’s first innings was ended on 190 – a deficit of 71 – with Ben Raine snaring three wickets for the visitors.

Surrey then set about stretching that advantage, with Ben Foakes (46) and Gary Wilson (42) sharing a fifth-wicket stand of 73 to give them a healthy cushion.

Derbyshire, in pursuit of 232 for victory, had coasted to 169 for one by stumps at the mid-point of an action-packed encounter with Kent in Canterbury.

Having been skittled out for 86 on the opening day, Derbyshire turned the tables on Monday by rolling Kent over for 112 as Wayne White recorded career-best figures of six for 25 in only 9.4 overs.

Needing only a further 63 for victory, the visitors are now firm favourites to secure their second success of the campaign.

Richard Levi hit an unbeaten 157, his first County Championship century, as Northamptonshire dominated the second day of their match with Essex at Wantage Road.

Levi’s highest score of his career took the hosts to 397 for six at the close, having started the day on 43 without loss, and a first innings lead of 121, with the South African hitting 20 fours in a dominant display.

Published: Monday 8th June 2015 by The News Editor

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