Bairstow continues to impress
Jonny Bairstow celebrated his inclusion in the England Performance Squad by hammering his first home LV=County Championship century on day three against Kent.
The 22-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman hit a glorious 107 and his fighting knock kept Yorkshire in with a chance of making the 388 they require to avoid the follow-on, bad light ending play on 316 for six.
Bairstow last summer converted his maiden century into a double one at Trent Bridge and he also reached three figures at Taunton but this was his first hundred at Headingley Carnegie.
He got to the landmark off 129 balls with 13 fours and two sixes, but his innings ended soon afterwards when he was caught behind by Geraint Jones off Darren Stevens.
Once again, Bairstow played a variety of stunning shots with great power although he enjoyed one moment of good fortune on 24, his edge off the impressive Mark Davies being grassed at second slip by Ben Harmison.
The White Rose began the day on 32 without loss, still a massive 505 runs adrift of their opponents, and they were quickly in trouble as Davies struck with the first two balls of his opening over this morning.
Joe Sayers tickled the former Durham seamer to Adam Riley at third slip and Anthony McGrath was lbw first up, with skipper Andrew Gale just surviving the hat-trick delivery by narrowly failing to make contact with one which left him.
Charlie Shreck was also a danger until Gale relieved the pressure by hitting him for three boundaries in an over. He was replaced by Matt Coles, a centurion yesterday, who struck in his first over as Joe Root was caught down the leg side by Jones for 25.
In came Bairstow to help take Yorkshire to 103 for three at lunch, but shortly after the interval Gale propped forward at Davies and was lbw for a hard-struck 44, which contained seven fours.
At 111 for four, with Richard Pyrah effectively out of the match with a broken bone in his left hand, Yorkshire were up against it but they were rescued by a rousing partnership of 115 in 27 overs between Bairstow and Gary Ballance. Had Bairstow been held by Harmison, however, they would have remained under the cosh at 132 for five.
The introduction of off-spinner Riley brought a rapid acceleration in the scoring, Bairstow striking three fours in the youngster's opening over, the first of them raising his half-century from 82 balls.
A further trio of fours from Bairstow charged the stand into three figures but the assault on the slow bowler was temporarily halted when Ballance failed to make contact with an intended sweep and was trapped in front for 45.
Bairstow continued his assault on Riley with a couple of big sixes over midwicket. The second of them hurried him to 99 and he pushed the next ball into the leg side for a single to go into tea on 101 alongside Adil Rashid, who was unbeaten on 12.
Jones dropped Rashid on 22 off Stevens, but the former England wicketkeeper soon made amends by holding on to Bairstow off the same bowler.
With 18 overs remaining, the players were taken off for bad light with Rashid unbeaten on 40 and Shahzad 17 not out.