Hours after Yorkshire had confirmed their interest in re-signing Sachin Tendulkar, one of the world's best two batsmen, Martyn Moxon and Michael Vaughan were threatening the county's record stand against Glamorgan, 323 set 68 years ago by Maurice Leyland and Herbert Sutcliffe, at Huddersfield.
Yorkshire will be talking to Tendulkar about another contract during the Texaco match at Leeds this month. He had mixed fortunes as their overseas player in 1992 but he was then only 19 and homesick; he returns as India's vice-captain, his status confirmed. Yorkshire will feel obliged to wait until they know Michael Bevan's intentions but he is unlikely to be omitted from Australia's tourists in 1997.
David Byas struck the first and possibly decisive blow in this match by winning his first toss in the Championship and taking first knock on a slow, flat pitch and, surprisingly in view of the recent rain, a quick outfield. Glamorgan had to contend with a stiff, cold North-easter that had their symbol, the daffodil, ducking and weaving in the Gardens. It was a raw day, under sullen cloud, to bowl or field.
When 15 runs came off the first seven deliveries Glamorgan sensed what to expect. Moxon was in fine fettle straight away, going on the back foot to hammer huge off-drives. Once Steve Watkin had found his rhythm, with the wind, he gave the 21-year-old Vaughan a rigorous examination, helping confine him to 11 runs in the first 17 overs.
But the runs flowed, and flowed. Glamorgan tried six bowlers in the morning but without Ottis Gibson, who has a groin strain, and Roland Lefebvre, retired, the attack is over dependent upon the invincible Watkin and helpful conditions. A near run-out, by a throw from Steve James, and two nicks that dropped short of the slips, were their only encouragement all day.
Robert Croft tried flight to contain the pair, which was hard work, as Moxon reached his 43rd century in the 63rd over, Vaughan reached his century, his fourth, in the 71st. After tea, after three dashing cover drives off Adrian Dale in one over, Vaughan swept past his previous career best, 117 at Luton in 1994, and was first past 150, off 263 balls with 23 fours.
Moxon had hit 18 fours and the pair were eight runs short of the record when bad light ended play 10 overs early.Reuse content