Bresnan thwarted by delays

Yorkshire 460-6 dec Worcestershire 100-2

Should Tim Bresnan find himself competing directly with Graham Onions for a place in England's starting XI at Lord's on Wednesday he might curse his luck a little after yesterday's frustrations.

After Onions celebrated his call-up with six wickets against Somerset at Taunton, Bresnan must have hoped he could deliver a similar endorsement of his selection here but after one delay followed another, the day ended with his enthusiasm counting for nothing.

The first hold-up to Yorkshire's progress was self-inflicted, in as much as Anthony McGrath, their captain, decided he wanted at least 450 runs in the bank before making a declaration.

Given that Worcestershire had lost their opening two matches, it seemed a little cautious. After Jacques Rudolph, who had batted beautifully since the match began on Tuesday morning, failed infuriatingly to complete a double hundred – on 198, he was smartly stumped on the leg side by Steven Davies, standing up to Daryl Mitchell's medium pace – they were on 405, which seemed enough.

Yet the innings dragged on another 40 minutes, which was good for Mitchell, who had already accounted for Andrew Gale and then removed Gerard Brophy in a career-best 4 for 49, but arguably not so for Yorkshire, if they hoped to win the match.

In the event, the argument may be rendered academic. Matthew Hoggard claimed a quick success, inducing an edge from Alexei Kervezee, on his Championship debut, that was taken superbly by Joe Sayers at third slip, but subsequently the players were seldom on the field for long before the light dimmed or a shower started. There were eight interruptions in all.

Bresnan had 13 overs, which was never enough for a chance to match the Onions half-dozen but which deserved a couple. He should have had Vikram Solanki out twice, the sometime England batsman offering a chance put down by Gale at fourth slip on six and another, that slipped through McGrath's fingers at second slip, on 49.

Solanki would have been a useful wicket to take. He is 66 not out overnight, the only other wicket to fall going to the pacy Ajmal Shahzad, who bowled five overs without conceding a run, dismissing Mitchell in the process, leg before to a ball that kept a shade low.

Yorkshire will replace Bresnan with Rana Naved for their match against Warwickshire next week after the Pakistan bowler belatedly obtained a work permit, beating the 1 May deadline imposed by the county by 24 hours.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
peopleMathematician John Nash inspired the film Beautiful Mind
News
Richard Blair is concerned the trenches are falling into disrepair
newsGeorge Orwell's son wants to save war site that inspired book
Life and Style
Audrey Hepburn with Hubert De Givenchy, whose well-cut black tuxedo is a 'timeless look'
fashionIt may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
Arts and Entertainment
The pair in their heyday in 1967
music
Life and Style
fashionFrom bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine