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Little action at Headingley

Rain and bad light at Headingley ruined any prospect of Kevin Pietersen reaching the crease on day two of his competitive comeback for Surrey.

Having spent three months on the sidelines with a knee injury, Pietersen was looking to prove both form and fitness against LV= County Championship leaders Yorkshire but has instead been reduced to a bit-part in the first couple of days.

He spent a total of 135.5 overs in the field, 39.5 of those today, and his most telling contribution came when he backtracked quickly in the evening session before holding a tough catch to dismiss tailender Ryan Sidebottom.

With just one Twenty20 match against New Zealand and England's four-day warm-up against Essex before the Ashes begin, Pietersen will be craving a chance to put some runs on the board tomorrow.

As for the match itself, that too had much of the life sucked out of it on a day when the covers saw more regular action than the spectators.

Yorkshire at least turned their overnight score of 292 for five into 433 for nine declared.

Captain Andrew Gale's innings was eventually ended by Gary Keedy for 148, while Liam Plunkett had some fun with an aggressive 51.

Surrey were 53 for one at stumps, nightwatchman Tim Linley protecting Pietersen and Vikram Solanki at the close.

Just eight overs were possible in a frustrating morning session that saw the early onset of rain and multiple delays as the umpires repeatedly assessed and changed the ball.

Surrey, nevertheless, managed a wicket in that time, Linley finding Andrew Hodd's edge to send him back for nine in the final over before an early lunch.

Gale was dropped by slip Solanki on 121 shortly after the restart, Chris Tremlett the unlucky bowler.

It took Gale some time to reach the fluency he found on day one, but he was getting there when he fell two short of a 150. It was the third over of Keedy's spin and Gale misjudged a drive to be bowled.

Plunkett was enjoying himself at the other end, helping himself to a flurry of boundaries as he looked to build on his captain's foundations.

There were three fours in a single Tremlett over, with five more helping Plunkett to a brisk fifty - a landmark brought up with a short-arm pull off Jon Lewis.

The veteran seamer got his own back a couple of overs later, Plunkett skying another attempted pull high and to slip, before Sidebottom unveiled an unlikely array of sweeps to take the tally beyond 400.

Almost immediately, bad light and rain forced the players off again before another bright spell allowed Sidebottom and number 10 Steven Patterson to go on the attack.

They paid little attention to technique and swung their bats at all comers. Sidebottom found the boundary three times and even managed to hoist Tremlett into the stands for six over midwicket.

His innings ended when he attempted to thrash Linley down the ground only to be well caught by the back-pedalling Pietersen at mid-on.

The England man took a tumble after gather the catch over his shoulder but seemed in no discomfort as he walked off following the declaration.

At that stage it seemed as though he might be needed to bat before the day was done but another delay left only 18 overs to play, with Rory Burns and Arun Harinath putting on 51 before the latter fell to Jack Brooks.

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