Thursday, 31st August 2006

Sayers holds up Middlesex progress


Vs: Yorkshire

Match: LVCC 1

Venue: Scarborough

Day 2

After two days, the match is evenly poised with Yorkshire trailing Middlesex by 103 runs with five wickets intact. Yorkshire were indebted to left handed opener Joe Sayers who grafted an unbeaten 102 off 269 balls. Middlesex were handicapped after tea by the loss of Keegan and Styris for treatment on back injuries.

Middlesex added a further 22 runs for their last wicket before Chris Silverwood was trapped LBW by Matthew Hoggard for 20, leaving Paul Weekes stranded on 128 not out in the Middlesex total of 376 all out.

Middlesex took an early wicket when Silverwood had White LBW for ten, but Sayers and McGrath saw Yorkshire through to lunch at 85-1. McGrath progressed to 49 before he was another LBW victim, having added 94 runs for the second wicket with Sayers.

Lumb took two boundaries off the first two balls he faced, but when he had reached 17 he was caught at the wicket off Scott Styris. This brought Darren Lehmann to the crease, and he announced his presence by taking 19 runs off a Chad Keegan over including three consecutive drives through the covers. Sayers reached his fifty off 164 balls (8 fours) shortly afterwards and the pair took Yorkshire through to 210-3 at tea.

Paul Weekes took the vital wicket of Lehmann in the fourth over after tea when he was LBW attempting a sweep shot having made 43 off 62 balls. Rashid was dropped by Hutton at third slip off Johann Louw but was out next ball due to a fine catch at fourth slip by substitute fielder Eoin Morgan.

In fading light Guy and Sayers added sixty runs for the sixth wicket before the umpires brought the players off the field due to bad light resulting in the loss of nine overs. Sayers reached his hundred just before bad light intervened with Yorkshire 273-5.

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