Williamson frustrates White Rose
Kane Williamson continued in a rich vein of form as Gloucestershire enjoyed the better of a rain-affected second day of the LV=County Championship match with Yorkshire at Bristol.
The New Zealand Test batsman followed up his 128 in the previous four-day game against Derbyshire with an unbeaten 89 before bad light brought an end to proceedings at 6.05pm with the hosts 165 for two.
Chris Dent, who made 62, shared a gritty second-wicket stand of 146 with Williamson on a heavily overcast day. Tim Bresnan took 1-50 from 16 overs and had a couple of chances missed.
After a first day washout, the start was delayed until noon by more overnight rain. Yorkshire won the toss and captain Andrew Gale took the obvious decision to field first.
It looked to be justified when, with only nine runs on the board, Benny Howell was well caught at third slip by Phil Jaques for four.
Dent and Williamson needed some good fortune early on, particularly against Bresnan. Gary Ballance spilled a tough low chance at first slip when Williamson was on two, while Dent, on 13, saw a possible catch fly between Ballance and wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy.
No slip chance was easy on a blustery, cold day, which had fielders delving hands deep into pockets. But Yorkshire were made to pay for their lapses.
Williamson went to a fluent half-century off 90 balls, with five fours and a pulled six off Anthony McGrath, whose first four overs had been maidens.
Left-hander Dent was more cautious, but also reached an excellent fifty in the conditions off 122 deliveries, with eight fours.
The partnership was broken on 155 when Dent was trapped leg before on the back foot by Steven Patterson, who claimed 1-44 from 11 overs.
There were three interruptions by rain and only 51.1 overs were bowled. By stumps, Williamson had faced 140 balls and extended his boundary count to nine fours and a six.
At only 21 years of age, the Kiwi is a rapidly improving player, as was shown by his Test century against South Africa shortly before returning for a second spell with Gloucestershire.
It was also a good day for 19-year-old team-mate Graeme McCarter. The Irish seamer was awarded his county cap, having been selected for his championship debut after an impressive first appearance in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition against Middlesex at Lord’s on Monday.