Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Duo on Form as Tykes Pile on Runs

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Duo on Form as Tykes Pile on Runs

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Byline: County Cricket

Joe Sayers and South African Kolpak signing Jacques Rudolph both completed their second County Championship centuries of the season as Yorkshire piled up 521-7 at Headingley.

Sayers once again showed few signs of getting out and he reached his century off 242 balls with 10 boundaries. He departed for 123 when he pulled Dewald Nel to square leg where he was well caught by Stephen Moore. Rudolph made an unbeaten 129.

After skipper Darren Gough declared, Matthew Hoggard struck quickly to have opener Moore caught at first slip by Rudolph, and Worcestershire were 39 for two when Jason Gillespie knocked back Solanki's off-stump. Former Yorkshire batsman Phil Jaques was looking comfortable on 38.

LIAM Plunkett was Durham's key man with the ball at the Riverside as Kent attempted to chase down the host's first innings total of 407.

Day two proved another run-fest at Chester-le-Street as Kent captain Robert Key took centre stage. Key made 169 as Kent reached 361-6 to trail Durham by only 46 runs.

Like day one, there was a substantial third-wicket stand as the rest of the top order failed to cash in on the featherbed surface, and 10 overs were lost to bad light.

Matthew Walker contributed 72 to his partnership of 173 with Key and after three wickets went down to the new ball, Andrew Hall's unbeaten 37 restored Kent's hopes of building a substantial lead.

Key waited for the plentiful leg-stump balls, which he clipped away with perfect timing for many of the 25 fours in his 279-ball stay.

A top-edged pull off Paul Collingwood, which fell short of long leg, was his only error until he became the third new-ball victim when tried to turn Graham Onions to mid-wicket and late swing pinned him lbw.

Plunkett was comfortably the pick of the bowlers, deservedly picking up three wickets, starting when he nipped one back to have Martin van Jaarsveld lbw. …

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