Lumb responds in style to threat of Surrey dominance

Yorkshire 172 and 254-3 Surrey 38

By Eric Perkins
Tuesday 12 November 2013 02:49
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Relegation-threatened Yorkshire showed the grit with which they are synonymous during yesterday's fightback on the second day of their Frizzell County Championship First Division at Guildford.

With their capitulation for 172 on Tuesday fresh in the mind and faced with a first-innings deficit of 210, few would have been surprised to see Yorkshire surrender to the leaders.

But that would be to underestimate the resolve of the Tykes, who passed the arrears and opened up a lead of 44.

A total of 254 for 3 at the close of play owed much to the efforts of Matthew Wood and Vic Craven, who set the ball rolling with an opening stand worth 83.

Darren Lehmann made the most of a reprieve by Adam Hollioake, who dropped a high chance at slip when the Australian had made just 26, to progress to 55 not out, while Michael Lumb finished the day unbeaten on 68.

Anthony McGrath (13) was the only batsman to fail, although his reluctance to leave the crease suggested he felt hard done by to be adjudged caught behind off Ed Giddins.

Giddins made the first breakthrough, inducing an outside edge from Wood which Jon Batty pouched behind the stumps.

Wood's 44 was his highest score in the championship this season, although his and Craven's hard work looked to have been undone when McGrath and Craven departed in the space of five balls, but Lehmann and Lumb capitalised on a tiring Surrey attack.

Yorkshire's progress, though far from slow, appeared pedestrian given the fireworks before lunch when Surrey added 157 runs in 34 overs.

Rikki Clarke and Ormond were the main contributors, the former striking seven fours and three sixes on the way to 56 at almost a run-a-ball. Saqlain Mushtaq hit a resolute 44, boosting the Surrey cause after Jon Batty had fallen for 99.

Clarke put on 47 for the eighth wicket with Saqlain before being yorked by part-time seamer McGrath, and Ormond's brief flurry came to an end when he mistimed Chris Silverwood to Wood.

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