Cork and Myburgh Scrap in the Rain
May 12 2011
YORKSHIRE v HAMPSHIRE
LV= County Championship
Wednesday 11 – Saturday 14 May
Summary: Hampshire trail Yorkshire by 166 runs
Adams, Dawson, Myburgh, Vince, McKenzie, Pothas, Ervine, Cork, Ali, Griffiths
Lyth, Sayers, Root, Gale, Bairstow, Brophy, Rashid, Bresnan, Shahzad, Sidebottom, Patterson
Despite persistent forecasts to the contrary, Hampshire haven’t had a single over of a single game disrupted due to bad weather yet this season. Today the rain gods made up for that as Dominic Cork’s side were brought off seven times due to persistent drizzle.
It made for a bitty day’s cricket in which few runs were scored and hopes of a result had started to fade – until, that is, the hosts’ patience and concentration paid off and they saw four wickets fall in the last hour and a half, leaving Hampshire wobbling on 189-6 – still 166 runs behind in their first innings.
The visiting skipper will be thankful to Johann Myburgh for a useful knock of 64 but he’ll also know it’ll take a very good performance tomorrow morning to turn this one back in Hampshire's favour.
Earlier, Cork, himself, had bowled beautifully, taking 2-15 from 17.4 morning overs (including 7 maidens) and finishing with an innings total of 5-75. But it was a rare highlight in an otherwise gloomy day up north (in pretty much every sense of the word) for the visiting side.
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Cork’s men did, at least, start in exactly the right way, stopping Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan (87) and, in doing so, breaking up a partnership that had racked up 108 runs. The wicket (caught behind by Nic Pothas off the bowling of Kabir Ali) put paid to any hopes the hosts may have had of securing a fourth batting point by making 350 inside 110 overs.
Still, another wicket for Hampshire in the six and a half overs that remained before then would secure maximum bowling points for them and they nearly had it when Neil McKenzie just couldn't hold on to an edge off Ajmal Shahzad on 48.
The England pace bowler would stick around a little while longer without scoring, eventually edging Cork to Liam Dawson at second slip – too late for Hampshire’s extra point, though. And the tail’s tenacity was starting to grate; Shahzad had scored just six runs in his 75 minutes at the crease during the morning.
At last the final breakthrough came early after the lunch break as Cork claimed his five-fer (his first since the corresponding fixture at Scarborough in August last year), bowling Patterson (9) with one that kept low; Yorkshire all out for 355.
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In response, the weather delays made it difficult for openers, Liam Dawson and Jimmy Adams to get into any sort of rhythm and the former duly went, lbw to Shahzad’s second ball for 19.
Adams and new man, Myburgh took their time settling themselves in, waiting half an hour to get the eight runs required to reach 50. They rode their luck at times with a few lbw appeals, a strong caught-behind shout and a near catch at silly mid-on but a stroked Myburgh boundary through fine leg in the 25th over marked a change of attitude in both sides. Almost immediately, Shahzad bowled two huge wides and Adil Rashid badly mis-fielded a Myburgh cut; the game “opening up” in football parlance.
Alas, with the first loose shot of Jimmy Adams’ (26) innings, the Winchester man would go - caught behind off Bresnan. And after another rain-induced break for tea, the Hants batsmen struggled to build a collective innings, with Vince (14), McKenzie (13) and eventually Myburgh (64) falling to Shahzad; Sidebottom claiming the wicket of Pothas (9) also.
Cork (6*) and Sean Ervine (16*) would see the visitors through to the close - the former just 13 runs shy of his 10,000th first-class run. However, between them, the first target as far as the team are concerned will be to put on another 17 runs to the total. Do that, and they'll ensure they avoid the follow on.
Words: Simon Vincent at Headingley
Images: LMI Photography
Day Three Weather Forecast:
Good chance of rain
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