Batsmen Excel In Surrey Tussle
Yorkshire finally managed to cash in on a flat pitch by amassing a couple of decent batting scores. Unfortunately the damage had already been done in so far as the hosts had won the toss and batted themselves into an unbeatable position, courtesy of big centuries for the outstanding Sangakkara and England's new opener, Mark Stoneman. All that remained was for the Tykes to try and avoid following on, which they failed to do, and then try and avoid an innings defeat which they comfortably achieved on a relatively lifeless pitch. This honourable draw has come at a cost however, as the white rose are left dangling perilously close to the drop zone. Indeed it is the mother of all ironies that the three teams that fought neck and neck last September to attain Championship glory are twelve months later slugging it out with one another to escape the relegation trapdoor, namely Middlesex, Somerset, and Yorkshire. Once more it looks like their fate will go down to the proverbial wire. Yorkshire must surely capitalise on their home engagement avec lowly Warwickshire because a last week trip to new champions Essex looks mighty ominous.
Kohli: Results More Important Than Landmarks
The Indian captain is leading the team to new heights with his singular focus on results and an "un-Indian" attitude towards personal landmarks.
Simmo lifts Crane to help Build a Point
MTWD a bleesed with a further detailed match report from Seaxe Man . This report is ABU free and describes our sucessful battle for bonus points
Organ Failure in Grinding us down
Rogers and Out gives us a detailed report on some cricket that actually at Uxbridge on time. On the one hand we hear about a positive day on the other our precarious position is highlighted
An Uxbridge Too Far for Kev
Barmy Kev reports on his frustrations without making to Uxbridge whlie Hants fan Phil Catchpole reports on his frustrations in the ground.
Somerset v Lancs Part Deux
A good performance which has to be split in two for our mobile viewers because of the number of posts. Cold but dry morning at Taunton and Jack Leach is already on at 11:30 to discuss the Lankies ability to play spin on this Third morning. Tanks to Bagpuss for starting the second thread and thanks once again to Farmer White for the front page description of the second day.
A Poor Cover Up Job
Phil Catchpole in his unique style describes a frustrating day with no holding back on his views regarding no play
Somerset v Lancs CC1 - The Farmer speaks....
Well here we go people. In 2011 this game was the last one of the season and Lancs clinched the title. We have two sessions to go after this before the end and there is quite a lot to play for with four sides fighting to keep CC1 status. Well that is not entirtely true because Warwickshire seemed pretty resigned to their fate last week as we shoved them aside. So it's Middlesex, Yorkshire and us..... have we been here before? Seems so but the scenario last season was a little different. Instead of waiting for Yorks and Middlesex to finish to see if we were champpions, we may be waiting at the end of the Middlesex game at Taunton to see if we are a CC2 side next season. Anyway I am passing this over to Farmer White for the rest of the frontpage - Thank you sir. I'll comment if I'm here but the doctor's orders arre 'get moving about on it' but 'don't bump into anything'.
How ironic that when Yorkshire belatedly amassed a half-decent batting total for the first time in many months, the local weather would do its very best to prevent any possibility of a win. This isn't to suggest that the Tykes would have gone on to win, as Middlesex made a competitive reply, but they would have had to bat last and presumably chase an awkward total. In the end, the visitors declared on 272 for eight, thereby bringing a halt to the interrupted proceedings and ensuring that the hosts could not obtain a third bowling bonus point. Consequently both protagonists finished locked together on 114 Championship points, a mere thirteen points off Hampshire in thrid place but precariously also thirteen points above Somerset in the relegation zone. The white rose almost certainly need at least one win from their three remaining fixtures to secure their First Division status.
Advantage Leaning Towards Yorkshire
Rod Ed reports on day of fluctuating fortunes and our dreaded over rate.