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Yorkshire in danger of defeat
Yorkshire’s batsmen spent the last afternoon of the County Championship season fighting to avoid defeat against relegated Surrey.
And there was still more work for Andrew Gale’s men to do in the evening session at The Oval.
Resuming on 67-3 after lunch, Yorkshire soon lost Jonny Bairstow for 35 when the England batsman played back to Tom Linley and was adjudged lbw by umpire Ian Gould.
There then followed a relatively secure 49-run stand between Kane Williamson and Gary Balance.
But any thoughts that Yorkshire’s survival would be straightforward were quickly dispelled when Willliamson, on 60, was surprised by a ball from Gareth Batty and ballooned a catch off the shoulder of the bat to Vikram Solanki running round from slip.
That left Yorkshire on 133-5 and by tea Ballance and Gale had extended that to 170-5, leaving Yorkshire still with a deficit of 30 runs and five wickets in hand.
Surrey had declared their first innings on 634-5 in response to Yorkshire’s 434, a lead of exactly 200.