Search

Yorkshire v Middlesex: Champions held up at Headingley

PUBLISHED: 19:13 06 September 2017 | UPDATED: 19:13 06 September 2017

Middlesex bowler Tim Murtagh

Middlesex bowler Tim Murtagh

Archant

Jack Leaning and Andrew Hodd posted important half-centuries either side of tea as Yorkshire had the better of day two of their Specsavers County Championship clash with Middlesex at Headingley.

After day one was washed out, this was the first day’s play of a fixture between the teams who have shared the Division One title for the last three years.

But, with four matches to play including this, they find themselves looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone.

Yorkshire closed on 317-7 from 98 overs, recovering from 116-4 as Leaning posted 85 from 142 balls and wicketkeeper Hodd 51 from 90, sharing 114 for the fifth wicket inside 30 overs. Bad light meant six overs at the end of the day meant were lost.

Middlesex captain James Franklin opted for an uncontested toss before Steven Finn claimed the only wicket of the opening session when he had Australian Shaun Marsh lbw playing around one for 22, leaving the score at 39-1 in the 19th over.

Adam Lyth impressed for 40, battling hard before expanding in a similar way to Leaning and Hodd did later in the day.

James Harris bowled six maidens on the trot to start his spell having replaced Finn from the Kirkstall Lane End before he got Lyth caught behind with a beauty shortly after lunch.

That was the first of three wickets to fall in the first 11 overs of the afternoon as the score fell to 116-4 in the 44th.

Yorkshire captain Gary Ballance marked his first bat for the county since the reverse fixture at Lord’s in late June (due to England commitments and a fractured finger) by edging behind for 12 as he played expansively outside off.

Alex Lees (27) was then trapped lbw by Franklin’s left-arm seamers and Yorkshire were in danger of undoing their early good work against a tidy visiting attack, who could have created more pressure with tighter lines.

But Leaning and Hodd eased those concerns during their fifth-wicket alliance, which started cautiously before expanding on a pitch with plenty of pace and carry.

Leaning drove nicely on the way to his second successive Championship fifty - his third in all this season - off 58 balls.

Hodd whipped Harris straight of mid-on for four to mark the shot of the day on the way to his third of the campaign.

A first batting bonus point had been secured in the final over of the afternoon before their century stand was recorded just after tea.

Hodd reached 50 off 87 balls before edging Franklin behind as the score fell to 230-5 in the 74th over and a second batting point for 250 came on the cusp of the second new ball.

Tim Murtagh lifted Middlesex spirits by bowling Leaning as he played to leg and trapped Adil Rashid lbw with successive deliveries at the end of the 85th over, leaving the score at 270-7.

But the visitors could not prevent Yorkshire from reaching 300 for the first time in nine completed Championship innings.

Tim Bresnan and Liam Plunkett shared an unbroken 47 for the eighth wicket, reaching 26 and 34 not out.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Kilburn Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Kilburn Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Kilburn Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Kilburn & Brent Sports News

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Idrissa Sylla netted 12 minutes from time to rescue point for west Londoners at Trotters

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sky Bet Championship: Bolton Wanderers 1 (Pratley 22) Queens Park Rangers 1 (Sylla 78)

Friday, October 20, 2017

QPR head to north west in Championship action against the Trotters on Saturday

Friday, October 20, 2017

Stones manager will hope to mastermind success against Tinners

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Greens lead the way, while Mackerel Men bring up the rear

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Greens sit top after triumph on Tuesday

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Blues hit the roads to Ks on Saturday

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Borough lost on last league outing, but progressed in Middlesex Senior Challenge Cup on Tuesday

PROMOTED CONTENT

If you have been looking for laser hair removal, beauty salon treatments, or skin care services you may be confused and overwhelmed with so much information out there and so many clinics and salons promising miraculous results.

Louise McGowan, who started as headmistress of Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College in September, speaks to education editor James Scott about life at the school.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Kilburn sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now