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Dominic Sibley makes Yorkshire toil with historic ton
Yorkshire’s bowlers were made to work hard for their few successes as Surrey dominated the third day of the LV= Championship Division One game at the Oval.
By the close the home side had reached 572-4, a first-innings lead of 138, and Gareth Batty’s men may ask Yorkshire’s batsmen to survive a tricky session or two with the bat on the final day of the 2013 season.
The centrepiece of yesterday’s cricket was a magnificent 236-run stand for the third wicket between 18-year-old Dominic Sibley and the South African Test maestro Hashim Amla.
Coming together when Adil Rashid trapped nightwatchman Tim Linley lbw for 12 in the tenth over, the Surrey pair scored their runs in only 56 overs, with Amla making a sublime 151 off 154 balls with 18 fours and two sixes.
Sibley’s progress to what was his maiden century was more patient. Unbeaten on 81 overnight, he took a further 98 deliveries to reach three figures and brought up his hundred with a sweep for four off Rashid.
That saw him become Surrey’s youngest-ever player to score a first-class hundred for the county, achieving the feat at the age of 18 years and 21 days.
Yorkshire’s bowlers kept a reasonably tight line throughout the day but found it tough going on a flat wicket. In the afternoon session, Sibley and Amla took their side to 419-2 to set a new record for their county’s third wicket against Yorkshire.
Sibley and Amla added 163 runs in 33 overs in the middle session as both cashed in on the benign surface.
Amla eventually departed when he edged Ryan Sidebottom to Jonny Bair-stow but even that did not end Yorkshire’s torment. Vikram Solanki whacked a rapid 51 off 54 balls before he was caught by Gary Ballance at deep square leg off Rashid.
At stumps Sibley had advanced to a quite superb 220 not out and Steven Davies was undefeated on 25.
Rashid was the most successful Yorkshire bowler with 2-194 on a day few members of Andrew Gale’s attack will remember with particular pleasure.
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