By Gary Watton
August 23 2016
Just when you think you have watched the weirdest cricket match(es) along pops this little fellow on the sunny east coast to take us all by surprise. First Yorkshire's top order crumbles to a dreadful fifty-one for six, but just as we are about to throw rotten tomatoes at this shambolic effort, the middle order and tail come to the rescue again. Then after posting a face-saving 282, the county champions twice blow the paper-thin Nottinghamshire batting line up to smithereens. In the end, it was the threat of unwelcome weather seemed more likely to challenge the hosts, but happily they managed to take care of business in the allotted time. Now the Tykes are a mere five points adrift of Championship leaders Middlesex, with four matches to play. It's all pointing to an exciting finale at the end of September, but I still suspect that the white rose will come up just short yet again this year.
YORKSHIRE versus Nottinghamshire; in Scarborough; Tuesday the 23rd to Friday the 26th of August; Nottinghamshire elected to bowl first.
YORKSHIRE first innings: 282 (Hodd 96*,Rafiq 74; Mullaney 3-54, Hutton 3-67)
Nottinghamshire first innings: 94 (Bresnan 3-15, Sidebottom 3-21, Brooks 3-41)
YORKSHIRE second innings: 263 for four declared (Ballance 101*)
Nottinghamshire second innings: 146 (Bresnan 5-36, Brooks 4-35)
YORKSHIRE win by 305 runs. YORKSHIRE 21 points, Nottinghamshire three points.
Lyth - Adam accumulated a below par fifty-three runs, but he did also weight in with a few catches. His first dismissal was a very unlucky run out.
Lees - Scores of thirteen and thirty were disappointing after an encouraging run of form. He needs a few more big scores in the crucial final weeks of the summer.
Ballance - GB's first-innings score of one lasted a torturous half hour. No such problems second time around. Even a struggling Ballance remains a fine batsman!
Lehmann - Jake merely contributed five runs and then 35 in what was ultimately a low-scoring affair. He also took a couple of useful catches in their second innings.
Leaning - Poor Jack, playing in the absence of the injured Gale, is now a County Championship misfit, managing only five followed by fifteen second time around.
Bresnan - Match figures of eight wickets costing fifty-one runs has certainly boosted his bowling average, as he posted his best-ever first-class performance.
Hodd - Andy was the surprise package of our first innings who rescued his team after their unseemly collapse. What a pity that he eventually ran out of partners.
Rafiq - His 74 off only ninety-two balls in just over two hours helped to turn the fixture on its head. His bowling wasn't required but he certainly earned his salary.
Patterson - SP only took the one wicket of Brendan Taylor in the first innings, but he bowled with supreme accuracy, conceding 42 runs from twenty-two overs.
Brooks - This 'all-rounder' smacked 48 runs before proceeding to run through their batting order with seven important wickets. Fittingly, he took the last 3 wickets.
Sidebottom - There's no stopping 'old' Ryan. He helped himself to four wickets, costing a mere 58 runs from 28 overs. His batting was less impressive.
BATSMAN CHARTS (minimum of one hundred runs)
Bairstow: average - 88.83; 533 runs; two hundreds
Root: average - 80; 240 runs; one hundred
Plunkett: average - 45.75; 366 runs; one hundred, two fifties
Lees: average - 42.57; 894 runs; two hundreds, six fifties
BEST BOWLERS (minimum of ten wickets)
Sidebottom: average - 24.07; fifteen wickets
Patterson: average - 27.14; 35 wickets
Bresnan: average - 27.3; 23 wickets
Brooks: average - 28.97; 37 wickets
Rashid: average - 33.93; 29 wickets