Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Rudolph and Bairstow Propel Yorkshire to Win



Jacques Rudolph scored 75 & 69 to give Yorkshire a base from which to win their opening County Championship match against Warwickshire, Yorkshire, who are relegation favourites with the bookies, took 21 points from their win and start the season joint top of the Division 1 table with Essex.

Yorkshire fought hard for the win in a 4 day that twisted and turned, Adil Rashid and Ajmal Shazad batted carefully and well in the lower order to build on the start made by Rudolph and Sayers in Yorkshire's 1st innings, in the 2nd innings Bairstow smashed a rapid 81 which along with the contributions from Rudolph and Lyth (67) was enough to get past Warwickshire with 4 wickets remaining.

The bowlers all chipped in, and young Oliver Hannon-Dalby took a 5for in Warwickshire's 2nd innings.

Yorkshire are likely to be weakened in the summer when Bresnan gets called up for England matches, and possibly Rashid as well, but the county announced this week that they have got a work permit for Windies loudmouth Tino Best, who under the complicated permit system may be registered as a Kolpak player thus allowing Yorkshire to search for another overseas player.

A good start, and nobody in Yorkshire believes we're going to get relegated anyway.

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