White Rose on the prowl after double
Two late wickets boosted Yorkshire’s fading chances of forcing the follow-on against Division Two leaders Derbyshire on the third day of the LV= County Championship promotion clash at Headingley Carnegie.
The visitors closed on 233 for eight, 187 runs in arrears and requiring a further 38 to make Yorkshire bat again.
They were rocked by three early dismissals for the Ryan Sidebottom-Andrew Hodd combination but Wes Durston led a fighting recovery with a fine 84.
Derbyshire resumed their innings on 28 for one and Yorkshire’s newly-signed wicketkeeper Hodd, from Sussex, soon gave further evidence of what a valuable addition to the squad he is turning out to be.
After making a confident 58 the previous day, he shared centre stage with Sidebottom as the pair had Derbyshire in big trouble.
Only five had been added when a leg-side delivery from the former England left-arm paceman brushed Usman Khawaja’s bat and fell into the hands of a diving Hodd.
It became 34 for three in Sidebottom’s next over as he found the edge of opener Matt Lineker’s bat; this time Hodd tumbled to his left to grasp the ball two-handed, the same process being repeated soon after to get rid of Dan Redfern.
Sidebottom had struck three times in 24 balls and was showing how much he had been missed after sustaining a calf injury that kept him out of the previous four championship matches.
Durston and Ross Whiteley made every effort to halt Yorkshire’s charge and Durston, particularly, blossomed in moving to his half-century from only 66 balls with eight fours.
Sidebottom returned, this time from the Kirkstall Lane End, just before lunch and a ball thudded into Whiteley’s helmet before flying off to the third-man boundary for four leg-byes.
Derbyshire were 98 for four at the interval and made swift progress for a while in the afternoon, Durston hooking, driving and cutting boundaries off a Tim Bresnan over.
Another four at Bresnan’s expense raised the century stand, but the introduction of spin twins Azeem Rafiq and Adil Rashid proved decisive.
The former, in particular looked impressive from the off and produced a good delivery to bowl Durston for 84.
Former Yorkshire all-rounder David Wainwright helped Whiteley add a further 20 before rain caused 25 overs to be lost.
On the resumption, runs continued to come easily until Whiteley gave Hodd his fourth catch to bring Steven Patterson a wicket.
Yorkshire persisted with their quick bowlers for a while before turning to their spinners as the light briefly faded.
But Wainwright and Tom Poynton added valuable runs together; the latter drove Rafiq for four to herald the half-century stand, only to fall lbw off the slow bowler for 25.
Another wicket quickly followed as Tony Palladino was trapped in front by Rashid after the leg-spinner had seen Wainwright dropped at slip by Adam Lyth.
Yorkshire pushed hard but Wainwright and Tim Groenewald survived until the close.