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Mahmood weaves his magic as Yorkshire lose three before lunch

Wednesday 21st April 2010

Azhar Mahmood bowled three maidens and took two for 24 in his 10-over stint

Kent v Yorkshire LV= County Championship Division 1, Day 2.
By Mark Pennell
Kent fought back strongly on the second morning at sunny St Lawrence where Azhar Mahmood bagged two White Rose wickets in the first session to reduce the visitors to 76 for three at lunch.
Rob Key“s side added only four more runs to their overnight total before Yorkshire“s England seamer Tim Bresnan snared last man Amjad Khan leg before for six to end the innings on 317 at 11.06 am.
Pretty soon Yorkshire were in trouble, losing one of their two left-handed openers Adam Lyth with only eight on the board. Lyth, who scored two 50s against Kent when the sides last met in Scarborough two summers ago, nicked a ball from Amjad Khan going across him to the tumbling Geraint Jones.
Three overs later Mahmood struck, catching Joe Sayers leg before when caught on the crease and the former Pakistan Test all-rounder made it 44 for three soon after by having No3 Andrew Gale superbly caught at second slip where Martin van Jaarsveld took the catch diving in front of James Tredwell at first.
Bowling to three slips and two gullies, the veteran Mahmood eventually gave way after a 10-over burst of two for 24, thus releasing the pressure on the Yorkshire fourth-wicket pair. Anthony McGrath soon took advantage, driving the first ball from Matt Coles through cover for fours, the second delivery; a dab to third man also went to the ropes.
At the break, McGrath had reached 32 and Jacques Rudolph was on 17 not out.