Despite Michael Neser taking 5/39, a watchful 99 from Joe Root guided Yorkshire to 230 on the third day of their rain-affected LV=Insurance County Championship match against Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens, with Root’s patient efforts and a record stand of 118 for the ninth wicket with Steve Patterson, helping his side to an invaluable first innings lead of 81 runs. Batting for a second time, Glamorgan were 108-3 at the close.
By tea, Yorkshire’s ninth wicket pair of Joe Root and Steve Patterson had added 74 in 19.1 overs to wipe off the deficit and provide the basis of a small, but potentially significant, lead besides beating the White Roses previous best stand for that wicket, set at Bradford in 1959 when Dickie Bird and Don Wilson added an unbeaten 70. When play resumed after tea, Glamorgan were keen to polish off the Yorkshire innings with Timm van der Gugten returning to the attack in tandem with Andrew Salter.
Root twice reverse-swept the off-spinner to third man as Yorkshire closed in on a batting point, before a nurdled single to third man by Root brought up the 200 in the 65th over. Five overs later an edged drive to third man by Root against Salter brought up the century stand as the pair continued to extend their lead and frustrate the home attack. Dan Douthwaite returned to the fray and removed Root as on 99, and after almost five hours at the crease he chopped a ball onto his stumps. Three balls later Salter ended the innings as Ben Coad skewed a ball to Neser at backward point, with Yorkshire securing a decent first innings lead of 81 runs.
This left Glamorgan with 27 overs to face as Coad and Thompson shared the new ball against Joe Cooke and David Lloyd. The latter cover drove and late cut Thompson for a pair of fours, whilst the former on-drove Coad. But Coad made amends as in his next over he found the edge of Cooke’s bat with Harry Duke completing a regulation catch.
16-1 saw the arrival of Marnus Labuschagne with the young wicket-keeper immediately standing up to the stumps but next over Thompson bowled the Australian with a ball that jagged back in, as he recorded his first-ever Championship duck. Billy Root began by cover-driving Thompson, followed by a laconic flick to fine-leg, whilst David Lloyd greeted Patterson by clipping his second delivery to the ropes at mid-wicket before cover-driving the fifth.
But Henry Brook entered the attack at the River End and removed Root l.b.w as Kiran Carlson joined Lloyd with Glamorgan still 38 runs in arrears. He began with his signature cover drive, followed by a nurdled four to third man. Lloyd also clipped Patterson for four to mid-wicket before driving Brook to the boards at long-on.
Carlson greeted David Willey by clipping him to fine-leg before drilling him through backward point, but next over he survived a chance at second slip as Adam Lyth spilled a chance. Carlson then steered the left-armer again through point for four to take Glamorgan into the lead. Lloyd also flicked Willey to fine-leg with Carlson completing his 2,000th run in first-class cricket for Glamorgan shortly before the close.
After the morning rains, play got underway at 1310pm with 80 overs remaining in the day’s allocation as Joe Root and Dom Bess resumed Yorkshire’s first innings on 69-4. The two Michael’s, Messrs Hogan and Neser, continued the bowling duties with Bess straight driving Hogan for three. However, in Neser’s third over he edged the Australian into David Lloyd’s hands at second slip. 78-5 immediately became 78-6 as debutant Harry Duke miscued a pull to his first ball in senior cricket with Joe Cooke running around from mid-wicket to square-leg to complete a sprawling catch.
Jordan Thompson cover drove the hat-trick ball before next over flicking Neser over square-leg for six, but with the total on 91 his little cameo came to an end as Hogan trapped him leg before with the evergreen bowler claiming his 398th first-class wicket for his adopted county. David Willey then joined Root and like his partner accumulated in singles until, with the total on 111, he played his first stroke in anger and holed out to Joe Cooke at deep square-leg in Dan Douthwaite’s fourth over.
Steve Patterson struck the day’s first four as he scythed Douthwaite through point before Root completed his patient fifty from 120 balls after three and a quarter hours of watchful application. Patterson then drove Lloyd through cover point for four as Yorkshire moved closer and closer to wiping off the deficit. Patterson duly brought up the 150 with an off-drive against Neser. He also steered Hogan through point for four before Glamorgan introduced the leg-spin of Marnus Labuschagne shortly before tea. Root then struck his first four of the day as he on-drove Hogan before Patterson thick-edged Labuschagne to third man for four.
What is it about the second day of Championship matches this summer at Cardiff? The previous contest against Kent saw eighteen wickets tumble on a helter-skelter second day, whilst yesterday - the second scheduled day of this contest with Yorkshire – fourteen fell in bowler-friendly conditions, and there might have been even more had 23 overs not be lost to a mix of bad light and drizzle last night when the Glamorgan side had their tails up after reducing the visitors to 10-3. Some watchful application and northern grit from Joe Root helped Yorkshire reach 69-4 by the time the players left the field with the White Roses 80 runs in arrears.
With two days remaining, and honours even, both sides have plenty to play for, but the weather has intervened again with rain causing a delay to the start of play. The precipitation had been falling still the early hours with the protective sheets and covers across the entire square and pitch. The rain eased around 1000 allowing mopping-up operations to begin, but with plenty of surface water to remove from the sheets, the umpires decided to delay the start. After an inspection at 12.00noon, it was decided to take an early lunch at 1230pm with play starting at 1310pm.