Yorkshire 179 (Kohler-Cadmore 55, Lawes 4-31) and 89 for 2 trail Surrey 333 (Pope 136, Clark 55, Patterson 4-69) by 65 runs
The Micky Stewart Oval was not immune from the cluster of wickets afflicting this round of the County Championship. However day two’s tally of 16 did at least speed us along to a conclusion of the season overall in a match of consequence.
Accounting for three of the top four shows the value of his work, and the dismissal of Finlay Bean – swinging in, then seaming away to clip off stump from around the wicket – showcased real skill. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t like to talk up their younglings around here, but as he set about chipping away at the rest, you realised plenty of others would do the talking for them.
It was one thing to excel during the Royal London Cup given the higher profile absentees, but standing out alongside an experienced bowling attack was noteworthy. Lawes had Hill and Kohler-Cadmore caught by Ben Foakes before a quality yorker did for Ben Coad, who was already backing away. There is more work to do tomorrow but, for now, Lawes’ season average sits at 19.16 with 18 wickets. Expect the latter to sit below 20, while the other doesn’t, by the time this match is over.
Surrey arrived in control of their own in-game destiny, especially with Jordan Clark and Jamie Overton still at the crease and both more than capable of combining for most of the 108 runs needed for all five batting points. Alas, within 21 deliveries, both they and Kemar Roach had departed for the addition of just seven runs.
Clark failed to add to his overnight 55 – bowled by Ben Mike – and Overton departed with the nine he brought with him from Tuesday. Hill, having trapped Overton in front, then bowled Roach for his eventual two for 46, which left Surrey 299 for nine. What followed was an engaging last-wicket dart from that man Lawes and Dan Worrall, the kind that starts off as a bit of fun before morphing into something really quite serious.
It had surpassed humour by 80 overs, certainly from Yorkshire’s perspective. The pair had managed five boundaries between them, including a six when Worrall leant back and smoked Steven Patterson (four for 69) over wide long-off. With that, Jonny Tattersall called for the new ball and Coad from the Pavilion End with a view to ending this nonsense. And though Worrall would follow up with a gorgeous flick over square leg for six and and a smear through midwicket, bringing hope of 350 and a fourth batting point, a third hoick to the leg side nestled into the hands of Mike running in from the fence.
That final stand of 34 went some way to reminding the visitors of some of Tuesday’s struggle, and it was brought back to the forefront of their minds when experienced opener Adam Lyth was squared up by Roach to skew a shoulder-height catch to Ryan Patel at third slip.
Clark’s brace accounted for the sting in the tail, bowling Dom Bess and nicking off the left-handed Jordan Thompson from around the wicket, before a bonus for part-time leg spinner Cameron Steel who bowled Mike with very much a full-time googly. And rounding off the first 10 Yorkshire wickets was Jamie Overton snaring Patterson at second slip (Pope) for a first wicket since a foot injury interrupted his season on July 25.
Overton’s second would be Surrey’s final of the day: extra lift from that extra pace forcing Hill to fend when he initially planned on defending, for Pope’s third catch of the day. And with that, Hill got an early look about how little this game cares about you. Twice he showcased pluck and judgement, first for 28 stretched out over an hour and now a sharp 35 from 68 deliveries that probably ensured Surrey will have to bat again to win this.
Worrall had the first of the second innings, finding prestigious movement from around the wicket to bowl the left-handed Bean between bat and pad from around the wicket. Otherwise, it was a relatively comfortable end to a chaotic day for Yorkshire, and no doubt Surrey’s quicks will be better for a night’s rest ahead of what should be one final push on day three.
Vithushan Ehantharajah is an associate editor at ESPNcricinfo
(With Inputs from ESPN)
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