By Gary Watton
September 7 2017
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.
YORKSHIRE versus Middlesex; in Leeds; Tuesday the fifth to Friday the eighth of September; Middlesex chose to bowl.
YORKSHIRE first innings: 358 (Leaning 85, Hodd 51; Murtagh 4-77)
Middlesex first innings: 272 for eight declared (Voges 65*; Sidebottom 3-62)
Match drawn. YORKSHIRE eleven points, Middlesex ten points.
Lyth - Forty runs in his only innings from 119 deliveries, featuring eight fours, followed by two catches in their innings was a satisfactory effort from the opener.
Marsh - The Australian was trapped for twenty-two runs by Steven Finn. He managed five boundaries off his forty-nine balls, contributing to a stand of 39 runs.
Lees - 'Demoted' justifiably to number three, Alex mustered a characteristically underwhelming 27 runs from 102 minutes at the crease. He did hit five boundaries.
Ballance - The England reject could only mange a paltry twelve runs from thirteen balls faced, before being caught behind by Simpson off the bowling of Steve Finn.
Leaning - Jack's eighty-five runs came off only 142 balls in less than three hours at the crease. This was much more like it. He also took one catch in their reply.
Hodd - The wicket keeper took only one catch, that of Sam Robson, but he did weigh in with an invaluable half century that contained four boundaries.
Bresnan - Relieved of the captaincy, Tim hit a decent forty-four from 107 deliveries. He also bowled Rayner for 37, to end up with one wicket, costing forty runs.
Rashid - Adil was dismissed for a first ball duck, succumbing leg before wicket to Tim Murtagh. His five overs of spin cost 38 runs, but he did dismiss James Harris.
Plunkett - Liam took the wickets of Stirling and Simpson in quick succession, finishing with two wickets, costing fifty-three runs, from sixteen overs. He hit 34 runs.
Coad - Ben's innings amounted to ten runs. He also took the wicket of Middlesex captain James Franklin, but his seventeen overs cost 65 runs, yielding one wicket.
Sidebottom - The maestro ended unbeaten on nine runs and was the chief wicket-taker, dismissing Middlesex's first three batsmen, Robson, Compton, and Eskinazi.
BATSMEN 'CHART' (minimum requirement: one hundred runs and average in excess of forty):
Ballance: average - 91.89; 827 runs; highest score - 203*
BOWLERS' 'CHART' (minimum requirement: ten wickets and average less than forty):
Sidebottom: average - 18.79; 24 wickets; best bowling - five for fifty-six
Coad: average - 19.28; forty-three wickets; best bowling - six for 25
Bresnan: average - 30.35; 23 wickets; best bowling - four for fifty-three
Patterson: average - 39.36; eleven wickets; best bowling - three for 28pqs: qs:
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