Kruis missile lands Bird in the hand

Yorkshire 417 Lancashire243-2

The tale will be told, you can be sure. The strike was made by Yorkshire's No 11, Deon "The Missile" Kruis, and not since Clive Lloyd's reign has such a blow been struck. Lloyd once put a ball through the visitors' dressing-room window and into the lap of a startled Mike Brearley, who had been dozing. Kruis well surpassed that. "One of the biggest I've ever seen," added Dickie, a veteran of umpiring more than 100 internationals.

Kruis, 30, a South African seamer who is emerging as a prodigious hitter, gave the Yorkies in another 3,000-plus crowd one of their few smiles on a day of high summer when their team's bowling frailties were cruelly exposed under a hot sun.

Yorkshire had a good morning, the captain Craig White reaching his third Roses century - Yorkshire's 100th ton in these matches - and in 21 overs the last four wickets added 113.

From then on all the good humour was Lancastrian, with Mark Chilton and Iain Sutcliffe (to rub it in, both Yorkshire-born) sharing a double-century opening stand. Sutcliffe, when 45, survived an appeal for a catch behind, off the bowling of Kruis, while Chilton was dropped behind off Anthony McGrath when 52.

Lancashire trailed Yorkshire by two in Roses centuries, the Lancashire captain Chilton reducing the deficit by one at 5.40pm and Sutcliffe failing to level the tally, by seven runs, caught behind near the close. Their 223 was Lancashire's highest opening stand in the series, passing the 181 made by Reggie Spooner and Harry Makepeace on this ground in 1912. Chilton's 130 not out is a career-best.

* New Zealand cruised to their second Test innings victory in succession against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo to take a 2-0 series win. Having bowled the hosts out for 231 in their first innings - with Shane Bond taking 6 for 51 - the Black Caps scored 484. Bond took four second-innings wickets to finish with 10 wickets in a match for the first time.

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