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Weather is against Yorkshire yet again
Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale admitted his frustration at another day restricted by weather interruptions that allowed Durham to edge clearer in the title race.
Only 42.1 overs were possible at Headingley as Yorkshire, put into bat, reached 109-3 while Durham were extending their lead at the top of LV= County Championship Division One by dominating their match against Nottinghamshire.
It left Gale and Yorkshire clinging to slim hopes of securing the title in their 150th anniversary season, despite fighting back from slipping to 1-2 with a 97-run third-wicket partnership between Gale and Kane Williamson, their New Zealand overseas batsman.
“We can’t do anything about the weather, but it’s always going to play a major part at this time of year, and it looks like Durham are getting more play than us again,” said Gale.
Rain and bad light restricted Yorkshire’s opportunities after having a potential victory chase washed out against Sussex at Hove on Saturday, and spoiled an impressive fightback after Adam Lyth fell lbw to Corey Collymore in the second over and Phil Jaques edged Tim Murtagh behind in the next over.
It brought Gale and Williamson together and they battled through impressive new-ball spells from Middlesex.
Williamson was the more cautious and progressed to 14 off 79 balls before Yorkshire began to accelerate and added 50 in ten overs leading up to a stoppage for rain in early afternoon.
Just four overs after returning from the rain interruption, Gale chased a full-length Collymore delivery that was angled across him and edged behind for 66, and six overs later play ended through bad light.
Durham were 207-8 at the close reply to Nottinghamshire’s 78 all out.
While Yorkshire did not have the best of fortunes on the pitch, they can at least look forward to some stability next season after all-rounder Richard Pyrah became the 11th new player this season to sign a new deal until 2015.
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