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Abject Batting Display In London

By Gary Watton
June 19 2017

Along with the trouncing by Somerset last September, this latest setback represents Yorkshire's worst performance in the County Championship for several years. Even coach Andrew Gale quickly conceded that his team were "poor". Apologists will blame the pitch and the coach load of famed absentees, but Yorkshire's dismal batting continues to stagger from one calamity to the next. Adam Lyth is a has-been, Alex Lees is a never-will-be, and Peter Handscomb is no Darren Lehmann. As a consequence, the team are losing out on far too many batting bonus points, as a measly two hundred now seems to be a par score for the Tykes. Our fine bowling unit remains our one saving grace, but even they are sometimes neutered by benign pitches. The team's hierarchy have some serious thinking to do ahead of our Surrey engagement. It remains to be seen whether Yorkshire's puddings will be battling for the Championship or fighting to stay in the Championship.

Middlesex versus YORKSHIRE; at Lords; Monday the nineteenth to Wednesday the 21st of June; Middlesex chose to bat.

Middlesex first innings: 446 (Robson 159, Stirling 111; Sidebottom 3-69, Rashid 3-94)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 208 (Ballance 69*; Higgins 3-35, Finn 3-58)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 174 (Rayner 4-35)

 

Middlesex win by an innings and 64 runs. Middlesex 23 points, YORKSHIRE two points.

 

Lyth - Caught behind in each innings, he contributed 37 and then a miserable two. Lythy is back to his bad old, inconsistent ways, which is a cause for some concern.

Lees - Scores of four and fourteen tell their own story. Time is fast running out on his current stint with the first eleven. He's just not Division One quality any more.

Brook - Our young debutant began with a hugely impressive knock of 38 which included six boundaries. His second effort, a duck egg, is probably best forgotten!

Ballance - For the second successive match, GB was left holding the baby, having run out of batting partners. Even his match total of 88 runs could not rescue us.

Handscomb - When the team is struggling, it needs its overseas player to step up to the mark, but regrettably his fifteen runs and 21 runs were woefully inadequate.

Rashid - Adil did weigh in with 35 runs second time around, but he too succumbed to a first innings duck. He also could only manage two maidens from his 26 overs.

Hodd - Hoddy had three bad days at the office. He only took two catches and he was dismissed for a duck egg and then for a miserable fifteen in the second innings.

Brooks - The headband warrior had an awful time. He made scores of nought and twelve, while his twenty-two overs cost 98 runs, with the reward of only one wicket.

Patterson - Patto put in a trademark steady performance, bowling 27 overs, with eight maidens, taking one wicket for eighty runs. He also finished on thirty not out.

Coad - Big Ben was one of our better performers. He bowled thirty overs, with seven maidens, taking two wickets, and also chipping in with some late order runs.

Sidebottom - The veteran also played quite well in defeat. Aside from two innings of nine runs, he bowled 26 overs, with eight maidens, and took three wickets.

 

BATSMEN 'CHART' (minimum requirement: one hundred runs and average in excess of forty):

Ballance: average - 101.88; 815 runs; highest score - 203*

 

Brooks: average - 46.33; 139 runs; highest score - 109*

 

BOWLERS' 'CHART' (minimum requirement: ten wickets):

Coad: average - 15.61; 33 wickets; best bowling - six for 25

Sidebottom: average - 16.42; nineteen wickets; best bowling - five for fifty-six

Bresnan: average - 26.67; fifteen wickets; best bowling - four for fifty-three

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