County Championship round-up: Have Yorkshire cracked the enigma that is Adil Rashid?

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Batsman of the day

Have Yorkshire at last cracked the enigma that is Adil Rashid? For so long seen as a leg-spinner who could bat, Rashid has rarely found consistency in either discipline and was so unhappy at the end of last season that he wondered if he even had a future at Headingley. Yorkshire's response has come in the form of a vote of confidence in his batting. Promoted to No 6 in the order, the wristy Rashid's last three Championship matches have yielded scores of 180 against Somerset at Headingley, an unbeaten 110 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston and 103 not out as Yorkshire piled up 450 for five declared in the return meeting with Somerset at Taunton.

Bowler of the day

Craig Miles, a tall 18-year-old right-arm seamer from Swindon, is rapidly making a name for himself. Last week, he took a career-best 6 for 99 against Worcestershire at New Road; in only his fifth first-class match, he bettered that with 6 for 85 against Lancashire at Aigburth, taking five of the six wickets to fall as Lancashire, 175 for four overnight, were bowled out for 310.


Claude Henderson, the oldest player on the county circuit, is to retire at the end of the season. The South African-born left-arm spinner Henderson, 41 on June 14, has more than 900 first-class wickets and 105 in Twenty20. His nearest rival is Murray Goodwin, the former Sussex batsman now with Glamorgan, who was 40 last December. Meanwhile, Glen Chapple, a mere 39-year-old, reached the milestone of 900 first-class wickets with his 12th delivery in Gloucestershire's reply to Lancashire's first innings total.