Ben Foakes left high and dry as Surrey, Yorkshire remain locked in battle

Yorkshire 521 and 65 for two (Hill 33*, Overton 2-4) lead Surrey 515 (Burns 132, Foakes 86*, Amla 79, Bess 5-126) by 71 runs

Within the land of the Kiss-Me-Fast hat, Yorkshire and Surrey have been squeezing one another sluggish. Within the first 263 overs of the match, Yorkshire strutted their stuff with 521 and Surrey winked again with 515. Either side have scored at round 4 an over and, though the draw stays favorite, there may be nonetheless ample time for final-day frolics.

Adam Lyth and George Hill set a extra puritanical tone in Yorkshire’s second innings and appeared set to outlive the ultimate 20 overs of the day just for Jamie Overton to take two wickets within the penultimate over as he had Lyth caught off a glove with one which bounced and left him and added the nightwatcher, Dom Bess, lbw for nought to the second ball he obtained. A markedly inexperienced batting line-up nonetheless has a job to do.

That is one other glorious Scarborough floor. It’s extra batter-friendly than a few of current classic, nevertheless it supplied tempo and bounce on the primary day and, because the solar has shone down, it has begun to supply just a little grip for seamers and spinners alike.

Rather than Adam Lyth and Jonny Tattersall, Yorkshire’s suppliers on the primary two days, Surrey supplied their very own opening batter and wicketkeeper mixture in Rory Burns and Ben Foakes. Solely Foakes was denied 100 and he was unlucky as a result of he hardly put a foot incorrect in making an unbeaten 86 from 156 balls.

Burns started the third day on 94 and he reached 132 (260 balls) earlier than Shannon Gabriel, the West Indian fast, squeezed the ball by the smallest gate from across the wicket to clip his off stump. Hashim Amla was crushed on the drive by Jordan Thompson, who additionally claimed Will Jacks to a unclean drag-on. At 303 for five, nonetheless 218 behind and the second new ball solely eight overs previous, Yorkshire would possibly even have imagined imposing the follow-on, however Aaron Hardie and Overton hit about then on both aspect of tea to dispel the notion. A rumbustious last-wicket stand of 48 between Foakes and Dan Worrall then let Surrey again into the match.

Yorkshire’s combat was led by Bess, who seems to be in his finest rhythm of the season, and who was rewarded with 5 for 125, together with three stumpings for Tattersall on his return to the aspect. There was additionally a wonderful arm ball to Jamie Smith – a catch, on this event, for Tattersall – and maybe a little bit of fortune as Conor McKerr was dominated to be caught on the wicket as his bat scraped in opposition to the bottom. He has needed to fulfil a holding position for a lot of the summer time and he tailored nicely to a floor providing some flip. He’s starting to look a extra seasoned bowler after the disruption of his early England expertise.

There was additionally a quick second of concern when Thompson injured himself within the discipline. No participant embodies Yorkshire county cricket today greater than Thompson – Lyth maybe? – and the Vitality Blast finals day is on Saturday at Edgbaston. There was each purpose to sub him for some time and verify him over. That’s not Thompson’s approach. He’s as sturdy as they arrive and, after a once-over from the physio, he yanked his freshly-awarded county cap just a little additional down his head and examined his health by a splash and dive after the subsequent ball.

Down on the ocean entrance, Scarborough was basking in considered one of its most golden days of the summer time. On South Bay you might by no means give international warming and the cost-of-living disaster a second thought with temperatures a balmy 20C and stalls providing 5 doughnuts for £3; money most well-liked. Even stories of gull muggings are down, though the large ones hanging round malevolently exterior a tattoo parlour have been so menacing that they appeared able to stealing not simply your fish and chips however your pockets.

The Terror Tower supplied the prospect to TOUR THE FILMSETS OF THE CHILLER MOVIES, despite the fact that it was solely just a little place and it was troublesome to imagine that you just cram Pinewood Studios units into someplace so small. However then exaggeration is simply to be anticipated in Scarborough. No much less a staid physique than English Heritage likes to assert that the fortress has a 3,000-year-history on the grounds that somebody as soon as discovered a little bit of historic pottery on a website that’s extra precisely dated to Medieval occasions.

North Marine Street wants no exaggeration. “Most interesting cricket floor in t’world,” White Rose loyalists repeatedly sigh, though Yorkshire’s lengthy record of absentees might need contributed to thinner-than-normal attendances. Who is aware of, there would possibly even be a little bit of sulking occurring concerning the off-field struggles which have bedeviled the membership up to now yr. Hampshire are alongside in a fortnight and will probably be college holidays and they’re going to hope for the stands to be higher populated.

At occasions like this, the appointment of Ottis Gibson as head coach appears to be a masterstroke. His geniality and authority deliver hopes {that a} happier future – one constructed on equal alternatives for all – is achievable. Many Yorkshire gamers are out of contract on the finish of the season and he deserves a younger squad to pin their religion in his management. A few of them, even, earlier than Yorkshire head for Finals Day.

Earlier than play started, previous males watched him all of a sudden break off from his supervision of Yorkshire’s preparations to name over a younger lad on the terraces for a few impromptu catching routines. When it was over, the teenager remembered to say “thank-you”, Gibson signalled recognition of his good manners and the previous males burst into barely self-conscious applause.

Surrey, with a 17-point buffer over Hampshire, in second, would go away the East Coast comparatively glad with draw factors, however with Hampshire seemingly destined to beat Warwickshire and Lancashire positioned to place Somerset below stress on the ultimate day, their nearest challengers are each able to overhauling them as they search to win solely their second title in 20 years.

David Hopps writes on county cricket for ESPNcricinfo @davidkhopps

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