A Comprehensive Defeat In Scarborough
By Gary Watton
June 25 2018
Captain Rory Burns led from the front and massively contributed to his team's comfortable success, with two impressive knocks. How Yorkshire could do with a half-decent opening batsman. The top order sets the tone for the innings, and ours are failing every time to get the team off to a flier. It's all very well keeping faith with the success stories of 2014, but this is 2018, and the magic trick is knowing when your trusty lieutenants are no longer likely to deliver. Lythy is far more comfortable in limited overs cricket and Lees doesn't know where his next run is coming from. Pujara is equally inept, while Leaning makes a lot of starts but seldom converts them into substantial scores. The Tykes, who were also second best at Hampshire last week, now find themselves one place off the bottom of the division. They may have to pull a few rabbits out of the hat in order to preserve their top flight status. A lot more runs from the misfiring top order would at least be a start.
YORKSHIRE versus Surrey; in Scarborough; Monday the 25th to Thursday the 28th of June. YORKSHIRE won the toss.
YORKSHIRE first innings: 342 (Tattersall 70, Ballance 54; Dernbach 4-104)
Surrey first innings: 267 (Pope 69*, Burns 59; Coad 5-53, Bresnan 3-77)
YORKSHIRE second innings: 152 (Morkel 5-39, Dernbach 3-34)
Surrey second innings: 229 for three (Burns 97, Borthwick 62)
Surrey win by seven wickets. YORKSHIRE six points, Surrey 21 points.
Lyth - The former England opener fell twice to Morkel for scores of forty-two and seven. This is inadequate. Yorkshire desperately need new openers for next season.
Lees - Even by his own recent standards, this was one comprehensively abject outing, with a duck and a solitary run. It's time to eject him. He's just a passenger.
Pujara - With mediocre efforts of 23 and seventeen, the disappointing Pujara is making a determined attempt to be regarded as Yorkshire's worst overseas signing.
Ballance - The ex-skipper hit a brisk half century, with eight fours and a six from 68 balls. However, he was not able to steady the sinking ship second time around.
Brook - Trapped by Virdi for a duck and then succumbing in the second innings avalanche for a mere six represented a big crash landing after his heroics last week.
Leaning - For the umpteenth time, Jack makes starts but fails to build a big innings. This time around he contributed a mere 21 and then an equally miserable fifteen.
Tattersall - Jonny twice succumbed to Morne Morkel, but ninety-three runs plus four first-innings catches was a commendable return from our latest rookie.
Bresnan - Tim did contribute 66 runs, but his four wickets cost 128 runs from only thirty overs which was a fairly underwhelming return by his own high standards.
Patterson - The captain put in another excellent shift, conceding one hundred runs from forty overs. He also outscored four of our specialist batsmen, with 46 runs.
Brooks - JB had a miserable match with ball in hand, conceding 126 runs from 29 overs, and failing to take a solitary wicket. He did at least hit forty runs.
Coad - Big Ben was one player who didn't deserve to be on the losing side, taking six wickets at a cost of one hundred runs. An England call-up looks inevitable.
Batsmen with averages over forty runs: Jonny Bairstow; 181 runs; highest score 95; average: 45.25
Bowlers with at least ten wickets:
Ben Coad: 29 wickets; best bowling six for 81; average: 17.31
Steven Patterson: fifteen wickets; best bowling six for forty; average: 22.47
Tim Bresnan: eighteen wickets; best bowling three for 26; average: 27.72
Jack Brooks: 23 wickets; best bowling five for fifty-seven; average: 29
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