Bairstow hits 200 in record stand


Published: Monday 29th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan rewrote the record books with an unbeaten 366-run stand against LV= County Championship title rivals Durham in LV= County Championship Division One.

The duo both made their highest ever first-class scores against the Division One leaders, Bairstow with 219 not out and Bresnan hitting 169no as their 80-over partnership took the Tykes to 557 for six declared at Emirates ICG.

It was also the largest seventh-wicket total in championship history, with Bairstow’s leading role doing his outside Ashes prospects the power of good.

Durham were in disarray at the close, reduced to 140 for five – Bresnan added a wicket to his earlier heroics – as Yorkshire’s title defence received a sizeable boost.

The visitors were also firmly in charge in the other top-flight clash between Warwickshire and Sussex at Edgbaston.

Sussex turned their overnight 280 for three into a punishing 601 for six declared, as Luke Wright (110), Ben Brown (119no) and Ashar Zaidi (106) all followed day one centurion Chris Nash’s lead.

Leg-spinner Josh Poysden, playing his fifth first-class match, was left nursing figures of one for 165 from 40.4 overs.

Steve Magoffin struck twice with the new ball as the Bears reached stumps at 62 for three, although former England man Jonathan Trott was still at the crease.

Third-placed Middlesex closed on 298 for eight against Hampshire at Lord’s, a handy lead of 122 runs.

Nick Compton was responsible for 87 of those and wicketkeeper John Simpson managed 64.

There was a blow for England’s one-day captain Eoin Morgan, though, whose hopes of a Test recall were hardly advanced with a second-ball duck – one of three successes for Bradley Wheal.

In Division Two second placed Surrey blew away Gloucestershire by an innings and 180 runs on day three, with Zafar Ansari among the wickets at the Kia Oval.

Gloucestershire followed on after responding to the hosts 448 with 113 all out, only to be skittled again for 155.

Ansari, whose left-arm spin has put him on England’s one-day radar, claimed six for 30 in the second innings.

Ben Duckett made 134 for Northamptonshire as they edged towards maximum batting points on day one against Lancashire.

They reached 388 for six at Emirates Old Trafford, their progress only stunted by Australian all-rounder James Faulkner’s three for 48.

Twelve wickets tumbled on day one of the Division One clash between Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire.

Bottom club Nottinghamshire were dismissed for 240 after being sent in at Trent Bridge, Brendan Taylor (69) and Riki Wessels (65) doing the bulk of the scoring.

Ben Hilfenhaus then took both wickets, the latter with the final ball of the day, as the Pears responded with 89 for two.

Published: Monday 29th June 2015 by The News Editor

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