Yes that’s right, Yorkshire versus Warwickshire. I refuse to refer to them as Birmingham. If every other team can wear a county moniker then Warwickshire need be no different. Why on Earth would you want to alienate half your county?
In truth the match was a rather one-sided affair. Adam Lyth does what Adam Lyth does, dispelling the notion of many have that he’s a dour First Class player. He has always been a superior white-ball cricketer. Tom Kohler-Cadmore confirmed that Ed Smith was right not to select Chris Woakes for the Tests against India. TK-C could yet be a white-ball (ODI/T20I) player for England, even if he can’t get anywhere near Yorkshire’s County Championship side. Chris Woakes will come good once he’s got a few more overs under his belt. Don’t rule him out of having an impact against India yet!
David Willey scored a hundred the last time I attended Headingley. Last night he scored one minus the hundred. Kane Williamson displayed his class as did Gary Ballance briefly. Olly stone bowled eleven dot balls to keep him in those ‘Next time we got to Australia’ conversations!
When it came Warwickshire’s turn to bat, Ed Pollock did what Ed Pollock does. He swung and missed, repeat, repeat, then mightily finely connected with a few before getting out to a ball he really needn’t have. 22 from 12 deliveries sums him up and scores of substance need to arrive soon. Ian Bell (42 from 33) and Adam Hose (43 from 31) laboured… and I mean laboured in the middle. There were some fine strikes to the boundary but too many failures to connect. Surely the midlands side would be better with the likes of New Zealand duo Colin de Grandhomme (38 not out from 19) and skipper Grant Elliot higher up the order in this format.
Yorkshire ran out winners by 31 runs courtesy of the Duckworth Lewis Method.
I’ll be back next week to see Yorkshire host Northamptonshire so they’ll be another match report soon after.
A couple of ducks were spotted on the water in Christchurch today as New Zealand wrapped up a 2-0 Test series victory at home to Bangladesh. Sabbir Rahman and Nural Hasan both fell to the Wagner / Watling combo as New Zealand romped home by nine wickets. Henry Nicholls had earlier registered a career best 98 for the hosts and Colin de Grandhomme (Who we never doubted!) smacked 33 not out from just 15 deliveries including four sixes but not a single four.
After a grand start to his Test career, Colin de Grandhomme is now not doing so grand. After going wicketless with the ball in Bangladesh’s grand first innings total of a grand 289, the New Zealand all-rounder lasted a grand total of just three scoreless deliveries before grandly being bowled by the grand Shakib Al Hasan.
In both second innings of the grand second Test in grand Christchurch, de Grandhomme will hope to put in a more grand performance and achieve grander results.
De Grandhomme is the grand sum of today’s grand episode of the rather grand International Duck Watch.
Wahab Riaz (Pakistan)
Riaz was dismissed LBW fifth ball to New Zealand’s Colin de Grandhomme (1-29) in the second Test in Hamilton. Soon after, commencing their second innings with a lead of 55 New Zealand’s openers Jeet Raval faced one delivery without scoring and Tom Latham (Golden duck in the first innings) is yet to face!
Usman Khawaja (Australia)
How do you follow a first innings 145?
Drop down the order and fall LBW second ball to become Tabraiz Shamsi’s (1-49) second Test wicket however Australia (Warner 47, Smith 40, Renshaw 34 not out) won by seven wickets. South Africa though win the series 2-1.
Ajinkya Rahane (India)
LBW sixth ball to England’s in-form Adil Rashid (3-81) as England fought back before India fought back in the third Test in Mohali. India (Kohli 62, Ashwin 57 not out) trail by twelve runs with four wickets remaining.
Brian Vitori (Zimbabwe)
Zimbabwe number eleven Vitori fell second ball to Sri Lanka’s Asela Gunaratne in the Tri-Series final. Vitori then dismissed Dhananjaya De Sliva with the very first delivery of Sri Lanka’s reply. Vitori finished with figures of 3-52 as Sri Lanka (Kusal Mendis 57) won the final by six wickets. Earlier on debut, Zimbabwe’s Tarisai Musakanda top scored for his side with 36 from 37 deliveries. Just making his debut in a final, as you do!
Today’s ducklings are Pakistan’s Rahat Ali and India’s Ravi Jadeja.
Rahat was New Zealand debutant Colin de Grandhomme’s final wicket as he recorded sensational figures of 6-41 on his first Test outing. Pakistan were dismissed for 133 before New Zealand reached 104-3 in reply. Another debutant, opening batsman Jeet Raval who featured in a post last week (See previous post Guptill Gone!) …
… finished the day unbeaten on 55.
India’a Jadeja fell second ball to Moeen Ali (3-98) as India totalled 455 all out against England. England stumbled to 103-5 in reply (Root 53) with captain Alastair Cook and a run out Haseeb Hameed amongst those already back in the hut.
New Zealand have dropped opening batsman Martin Guptill from their Test squad for the upcoming visit of Pakistan. Guptill will kick himself for having being run out when on 72 in New Zealand’s last Test against India as a fourth Test match century would surely have saved him from the axe. The thirty-year-old made scores of 56 and 128 not out in his most recent First Class turn out for Auckland but it wasn’t enough to save him from international omission. Guptill averages 42.35 with the bat in ODIs and 34.73 in T20Is. In the longest form of the game however and having had plenty of opportunities (47 Tests) Guptill’s average is 29.38 and that simply isn’t good enough to hold down a spot opening the batting in the Test arena. Guptill will be replaced in the squad by his domestic opening partner Jeet Raval. Guptill actually outscored Raval (84 and 19) in their last First Class match but 5156 First Class runs at 43.69 including fourteen centuries are the sort of numbers that the New Zealand selectors could no longer ignore. Raval was on the tour to India but didn’t make the final XI.
Todd Astle also returns to the frame for New Zealand and Colin de Grandhomme, capped in both limited overs formats earns a Test call-up too. Mark Craig and Mitchell Santner are amongst those injured for New Zealand whilst Jeetan Patel and Ish Sodhi are amongst the others to miss out for the Black Caps.