Vaughan fluffs his lines
Michael Vaughan failed with the bat against Kent in his first match since resigning as England captain.
Looking for runs to show he warrants a place in England’s future Test teams, Vaughan could only score 10 for Yorkshire in the LV County Championship clash with Kent at Scarborough.
He came to the crease immediately after tea as Yorkshire replied to Kent’s first-innings 227.
He found the boundary with a fine leg-glance off Robbie Joseph, and got four more with an edge to third man off Amjad Khan.
But after facing just 19 deliveries, Vaughan chased a ball outside off stump from Joseph and wicketkeeper Geraint Jones held on to the thick edge as he hurled himself in front of first slip.
Vaughan claims his form during the summer has generally been good, although he acknowledged that he had not been in the frame of mind to make big scores consistently.
“There have been stages this summer where I’ve hit some good shots, but I haven’t played that really long innings,” he said.
“That’s what I am looking to do over the next few weeks and if I can play some really long innings for Yorkshire it will also make a difference to the team.”
Vaughan revealed that he had received hundreds of sympathetic letters, cards and e-mails since resigning the England captaincy and he wanted to express his appreciation to everyone who had been in touch with him.
Vaughan’s opening partner Andrew Gale also departed for 10 when Joseph pinned him lbw, but Anthony McGrath and Jacques Rudolph saw Yorkshire safely through to the close, when they were 85 for two and trailing by 142.
Put in to bat on a humid morning, Kent struggled in generally overcast conditions which assisted the seam bowlers and only the in-form Martin van Jaarsveld mastered the bowlers before he was last out for a faultless 107 off just 139 deliveries with 15 fours and two sixes.
It was van Jaarsveld’s fourth century of the summer and when he reached 70 it took him to 1,000 championship runs for the season.
The only other Kent batsman to manage double figures was opener Joe Denly, who gave a couple of chances on his way to making 50 from 65 balls with seven boundaries.
Denly’s first stroke of luck came in the second over of the innings when McGrath could not make a low catch to his left at second slip off Deon Kruis, but the South African paceman soon made his mark with a couple of wickets.
Late movement away from the bat accounted for Rob Key, who edged to wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy, and Neil Dexter found McGrath off Kruis to reduce Kent to 36 for two.
Three boundaries for Denly in one over from Kruis, which also included four leg-byes, improved Kent’s situation, but there was another life for the England Lions batsman on 45 when substitute fielder Richard Pyrah could not hold on to a chance at point.
It was not an expensive miss this time, however, because soon afterwards Darren Gough nipped one back to trap him lbw.
Although van Jaarsveld had settled in well, batsmen continued to struggle at the other end and Darren Stevens departed to Rana Naved-ul-Hasan when he presented McGrath with his second catch.
Yorkshire claimed two further wickets soon after lunch, Matthew Hoggard having Jones caught behind and Ryan McLaren run out by Adam Lyth’s direct hit.
Van Jaarsveld drove Adil Rashid over long-off for six during a 57-run stand with James Tredwell, who contributed only nine before he was lbw to Gough, and the slide continued as Amjad clipped Hoggard to Vaughan at square-leg.
A six over midwicket off Hoggard took van Jaarsveld into the nineties and he moved to his century by forcing Rashid to the midwicket fence.
Joseph helped van Jaarsveld add a valuable 30 for the ninth wicket, only for Rashid to have the tailender caught off his glove by Gale at short-leg.
The innings closed when van Jaarsveld stepped in front to McGrath, Yorkshire’s sixth bowler.