Dom Bess 79* in vain as Yorkshire Division One fate remains in balance


Gloucestershire 190 (Bracey 71, Fisher 4-45) and 233 (O Value 68, Taylor 67) beat Yorkshire 183 (Kohler-Cadmore 46, Lyth 44, Gohar 5-40) and 222 (Bess 79*, Payne 4-51, Gohar 4-69) by 18 runs

The longer term has been confirmed: Shan Masood, the Pakistan batter shrewdly pilfered from Derbyshire, will captain Yorkshire in all codecs in 2023. Masood brings hopes of a brand new starting – and it wants to start as quickly as attainable. However, for the second, the story at Headingley was of concern: concern of the current, concern of the longer term. And of a departing captain, a lot revered, who appeared to characterize a bygone period.

The vast majority of Yorkshire members who assembled within the Lengthy Room earlier than begin of play at Headingley had been of equivalent thoughts on the 2 nice problems with the day: the Strauss Overview must be consigned to the waste bin and Yorkshire had no probability of beating Gloucestershire to safe their place in Division One subsequent season.

Their view on the Strauss Overview, which seeks a drastic reduction in the amount of county cricket, was voiced in no unsure phrases in a Members Discussion board as they gained assurances from the appearing chief govt, Andy Dawson, that an EGM could be referred to as as acceptable and that the vote could be binding. The members’ revolt across the nation seems to be taking impact – though in Yorkshire’s case there should be one or two problems forward.

They’d be much less thrilled that their pessimism about Yorkshire additionally proved effectively based. Crushed by Gloucestershire by 18 runs after being dismissed late on the third day for 222, they’ve completed the season with six defeats in eight and can be relegated if Warwickshire, at present second backside, vogue an unlikely victory towards Hampshire at Edgbaston on the ultimate day, so ending above Yorkshire by advantage of extra video games received.

For some time, although, a Yorkshire crowd surrendered to romance. By custom, birthday flowers would possibly nonetheless be hidden in purchasing luggage, or below overcoats, however invited to think about that their 37-year-old former captain, Steven Patterson, would are available at No. 11 within the final innings of his profession, and share in a match-winning last-wicket stand of fifty, they usually flirted with the notion with fluttering hearts.

With each over blocked, poker confronted, from the left-arm spinner, Zafar Gohar, they first applauded after which cheered. Patterson’s stumps had been consistently imperilled, however the crowd was dancing to the fantasy. There have been no whoops, to be honest, however that is Headingley in any case. Dom Bess, in maybe his finest innings for Yorkshire, picked off boundaries with some serene drives as the sunshine started to fail. Certainly, they’d not have to return again within the morning?

Then Gloucestershire eliminated Gohar from the assault and opted for tempo at each ends. Patterson had nought from 26 balls, however his eyes lit up at a brief, broad one from David Payne. He made good contact, however picked out Chris Dent at backward level. Bess was left stranded with an unbeaten 79 from 103 balls. Patterson needed to make do along with his third standing ovation of the day. Yorkshire had six defeats in eight, their solely win coming towards Gloucestershire of their opening sport. This has been no summer season for love.

Masood brings hope of success on the sector and unity off it. It takes expertise to heal breaches and the breaches couldn’t be deeper.

Ottis Gibson, the coach who dared to simply accept a hospital go as Yorkshire started to rebuild after Azeem Rafiq’s racism allegations, is aware of the reality. “With at some point to go, we hope issues go our method in Birmingham, however you ask your self the query, ‘Will we deserve that little bit of luck from Birmingham?’ If we find yourself within the second division, it is our personal fault. We will not blame every other elements.

“The conversations we have had with Shan is that he’s going to be membership captain going forwards. The gamers know that. He’ll carry his personal model of management.”

Gloucestershire will nonetheless end backside, however they may discover comfort over the winter that they’ve completed the season with back-to-back wins towards the 2 counties who nonetheless concern they may be relegated alongside them.

It was a tough, however removed from unimaginable Yorkshire chase, 241 on a sluggish floor permitting a level of flip and seam, however Gloucestershire took a stranglehold from the second Adam Lyth was sixth out at 119, deflecting to first slip off the shoulder of the bat after Pakistan left-arm spinner Gohar reared a supply out of the tough. Gohar’s 4 for 69 gave him figures of 9 for 109 within the match.

Lyth’s 49 was his second accountable innings of the match, and he watched most of his batting companions depart with the elimination of his helmet and a crestfallen sweep of his hand over probably the most recognisable shiny pate within the sport.

Yorkshire would have been fairly content material on the method they polished off Gloucestershire’s final 4 wickets. They introduced an extra 29 runs, together with Ollie Value, whose 68 ended when he chopped on towards George Hill. Hill has been considered one of Yorkshire’s vivid spots this season, arguably their Championship participant of the yr if you’re minded to miss Harry Brook’s wonderful summer season earlier than England got here a-calling. As for Patterson, an lbw determination towards Gohar gave him his 489th and last first-class wicket.

Yorkshire misplaced James Wharton to the fourth ball of the innings to a sq. drive off one knee towards Tom Value’s inswinger, which he deflected onto his stumps. Lyth stored his helmet on for that one, and simply rescratched his crease mournfully. Additional harm towards the brand new ball was averted and Yorkshire seemed effectively set at 69 for 1, at which level Ajeet Singh Dale’s inswinger beat Hill’s drive.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s Yorkshire farewell has been a skittish affair. His father, a dressing room attendant, walked out after the mass sacking of 14 staff in response to Rafiq’s racism allegations, and his departure for Somerset was confirmed in June. He didn’t look like overly restricted by fears of relegation: within the first innings, he holed out towards Gohar’s first ball; this time he met the primary 5 with diligent defence earlier than slicing a lofted straight hit to long-off from the final ball of the over.

Lyth’s helmet elimination was accompanied by a Paddington stare. The group’s stony silence was significant sufficient, however any individual supplied an opinion and Kohler-Cadmore was provoked right into a response. He was lucky that he wasn’t booed off. In contrast to Patterson, his Yorkshire profession had ended badly and at some point he would possibly even perceive why.

Payne added to Yorkshire’s plight, bowling each Jonny Tattersall and Harry Duke, the latter falling to an under-edge as he tried a leave-alone. Jordan Thompson, who has allrounder standing, made his first double-figure rating in 12 innings, a run stretching again to mid-June earlier than he turned Gohar to leg slip. The time had come for Bess to hold the combat and he did so in wonderful vogue. However the Yorkshire dream by no means materialised and all eyes can be on Edgbaston on Thursday.

David Hopps writes on county cricket for ESPNcricinfo @davidkhopps

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