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Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance displays full England value
Gary Ballance offered ample justification for his selection in England’s Ashes touring party but Surrey’s batsmen then provided Yorkshire with stern resistance on the second day of the LV= Division One game at The Oval.
Only five wickets fell as Andrew Gale’s side were bowled out just before lunch for 434, before Surrey openers Dominic Sibley and Rory Burns shared an opening stand of 171.
Burns was finally caught behind off Steve Patterson for 82 in the penultimate over of the day. But 18-year-old Sibley remained unbeaten on 81 and Surrey will go into the third morning on 172-1.
Without much question though, the best innings of the day was played by Ballance, who was dismissed ten minutes before the first break for an outstanding 148.
Those runs had been scored off 232 balls in 250 minutes with 20 boundaries and one six, the latter smashed off slow left-armer Zafar Ansari the ball before Ballance perished when caught at deep square leg by Gary Wilson.
The left-hander hit ten fours and that six in advancing his overnight 72 not out to his final total. He was helped by Adil Rashid, who made 43 off 54 balls and put on 72 for the seventh wicket with Ballance.
Ansari was the most successful Surrey bowler, taking 4-70, while Matt Dunn and Tom Jewell collected three-wicket hauls. Yorkshire’s bowlers then found Surrey’s young openers in resilient mood when they sought to make early breakthroughs during the afternoon.
Burns and Sibley both played competently to guide their side to 72-0 at tea, still 362 runs behind Yorkshire’s first-innings total, but a creditable effort nonetheless.
At that stage Burns was 47 not out with Sibley unbeaten on 23 Yorkshire had one chance to separate the opening pair but Adam Lyth dropped Sibley off the bowling of Ryan Sidebottom when he was on only eight and the total 21.
By mid-afternoon White Rose spinners Adil Rashid and Kane Williamson were bowling in tandem and Andrew Gale’s attack seem set for an attritional battle if they are to achieve a victory in the last match of the 2013 season.