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LV=CC: Yorkshire v Kent day three report

Tuesday 14th September 2010

Yorkshire v Kent
LV = County Championship Division One
Monday, 13 September – Thursday, 16 September 2010
Headingley, Leeds

Day three report

Yorkshire first innings: 261 all out, 76.3 overs
Bairstow 64, Patterson 39*, Gale 39
Nel 6-62, Coles 2-68, Tredwell 1-0

Kent first innings: 302 all out, 81.5 overs
Blake 105*, van Jaarsveld 89, Denly 26
Ashraf 5-32, Rashid 2-83, Hannon-Dalby 1-36

Yorkshire second innings: 51 for one, 15 overs
Lyth 26*, Rudolph 13, McGrath 4*
Tredwell 1-2, Stevens 0-12, Nel 0-14

A fine century from Alex Blake (pictured) gave Kent a stay of execution for another day as they made 302 in their first innings against Yorkshire on day three of this crucial LV=County Championship clash at Headingley. The third batting point means the St Lawrence outfit must win tomorrow and hope nearest rivals Warwickshire lose if they are to secure their division one status.

The 21 year-old moved serenely from his overnight score of 40 to his maiden first-class ton, as Kent’s tailed wagged with the final two wickets adding 62. Their lead of 41 was wiped out by stumps as the home side reached 51 for one, but both sides must now engineer a win if they are to reach their respective targets as the Tykes still harbour tittle winning ambitions.

After more overnight and morning rain, play finally got underway at 1.40pm as the visitors set about gaining parity with the hosts and it didn“t take long for Alex Blake (pictured) to move to his maiden first-class fifty, a knock that included eight boundaries. Unfortunately moments later the players were forced off as more drizzle fell, and frustratingly they were kept off until 3.45pm. Resuming on 228 for six, Kent continued their first innings and the seventh wicket stand developed nicely to thirty before Tredwell nicked Moin Ashraf to Gerard Brophy on eight to hand the young seamer a fourth wicket.

The Bradford born 18 year-old didn’t have to wait long to complete his five wicket haul either as two balls later he clean bowled Matt Coles for a duck to leave the visitors on 240 for eight – still trailing the Tykes by 21. Blake was still going strong though as he safely saw Kent through to their second batting point, and the left-hander wasn’t finished there. Firstly, he added 21 for the ninth wicket with Simon Cook – who was trapped in front by Adil Rashid for five – before finding a gutsy ally in the form of Dewald Nel. The number eleven hung around as Blake played his strokes and farmed the strike. The pair added 41 for the final wicket and allowed Blake to race from fifty to his ton in 62 balls – a fine effort that included 18 boundaries. Nel was the final man to fall, leg before to Steven Patterson for a 26-ball two, as Blake was left unbeaten on a marvellous 105, as Kent made 302 – securing another bonus batting point in the process, a point which meant they couldn’t be relegated today. The visitors had secured a 41 run lead, as now it was over to the bowlers to do their job with Kent looking to keep alive extremely slim hopes of survival as both sides had to find a way of finding a winning position.

Yokishire’s openers Adam Lyth and Jacques Rudolph started steadily in their second innings before the introduction of Tredwell accounted for the latter for 13, with the off spinner claiming the scalp with his first-ball as a leg before appeal was upheld. Lyth 26* and Anthony McGrath unbeaten on four saw Yorkshire through to close without any further alarms as they will be searching for quick runs in the morning. Kent on the other-hand will need to take early wickets if they are to have a chance of survival.

Picture: Sarah Ansell