Yorkshire batting star Phil Jaques in bullish mood ahead of final day against Durham (From Gazette & Herald)
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Yorkshire batting star Phil Jaques in bullish mood ahead of final day against Durham
“We’re Yorkshire, and we’re trying to win games of cricket.”
That is the combative message coming from the White Rose dressing room ahead of the final day of their LV= County Championship match against title rivals Durham at Scarborough.
Having been asked to follow-on 299 runs behind at lunchtime, a brilliant 151 not out from Phil Jaques and an unbeaten 90 from Kane Williamson has given the division one leaders an outside sniff of the most unlikely victory.
Jaques and Williamson, the New Zealander who was at the crease at the start and end of the day, shared an unbroken 257 for the second wicket inside 60 overs to take the score to 276-1 from 65 overs at close.
That means a deficit of just 23 runs with a minimum of 96 overs to bowl tomorrow.
Ex-Australian Test opener Jaques, who has now scored two hundreds in his last three matches, was the man who delivered the defiant message.
“The game’s still well and truly open,” he said after the 42nd hundred of his first-class career.
“There’s a lot of rough to work with, and they’ve got a lot of left-handers. We’ve also got a leg-spinner. If we can get a decent little lead, we might have a crack at them in the afternoon.
“They were well on top making us follow-on, but we’ve pretty much knocked over their lead now. We’re Yorkshire, and we’re trying to win games of cricket. If it gets to a point where we’re not scoring quick enough to build a lead, so be it.
“It’s a fast scoring ground. If you don’t bowl well, you’ll go the distance. If you do bowl well, there’s still something in it.”
A Yorkshire win was the furthest idea from people’s minds this morning when they slipped from 182-3 to 274 all out in reply to 573.
Williamson (84) and Jonny Bairstow, who added 82, started the day by completing a fourth-wicket partnership of 104 before a loss of 7-63 put the hosts under the cosh.
Scott Borthwick, Ben Stokes, Jamie Harrison and Mark Wood all finished with two wickets apiece, while the run out of Gary Ballance going for two off his first ball summed up a dismal morning. But things improved in some style after lunch.
Following the early loss of Adam Lyth, Jaques survived the odd scare, particularly against Stokes, who was convinced he had the left-hander lbw on 28.
Stokes also tested Jaques out during a sustained spell of short pitched bowling, which brought a couple of top-edges for six and four. Jaques, out of contract at the end of the season, brought up three figures off 132 balls after tea.
Williamson’s effort means that he achieved the rare feat of completing a century partnership and a double century partnership on the same day. The right-hander has bounced back superbly from posting a golden duck on his debut against Nottinghamshire.
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