Glamorgan are 68-4 in their second innings at the close of the second day of their LV=County Championship encounter against Yorkshire at Emerald Headingley after the Welsh county had secured a decent lead of 137 having dismissed the home side earlier in the day for just 193.
Close of Play Report
When play resumed after a delayed tea break, Nick Selman and David Lloyd began Glamorgan’s second innings with 29 overs remaining in the day’s allocation. However, the former only survived four balls before edging the fifth from Ben Coad into the wicket-keeper’s gloves with Andrew Balbirnie making his way to the middle with the electronic scoreboard showing 0-1. Lloyd responded by pulling Duanne Olivier for four before Balbirnie inside-edged Coad to fine-leg for a streaky four.
Lloyd then drilled successive deliveries from Coad to the ropes at mid-off before Balbirnie edged Olivier to third slip when Harry Brook took a fine diving catch with Glamorgan on 17-2. Billy Root began by clipping Coad to backward square-leg for four but two wickets then fell in Coad’s fifth over as Lloyd, firstly edged into the slips where Brook took another smart catch before Kiran Carlson feathered a edge into Tattersall’s gloves.
29-4 saw Chris Cooke join Root who off-drove Olivier for a second boundary before nurdling Steve Patterson to the vacant third man boundary. The pair also accumulated in a series of deftly placed singles as the 50 came up in the 20th over but despite the introduction of Dom Bess, plus Joe Root’s off-spin, there were no further alarms for the visiting batsmen.
Yorkshire began the post-lunch session on 65/2 with play resuming after the players and officials had observed a two minutes’ silence in memory of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. With all concerned also wearing black armbands, Adam Lyth completed his half-century from 66 balls with a pair of cover-driven fours in the opening over from Dan Douthwaite. The second over was delivered by Callum Taylor during which the off-spinner deflected a delivery, firmly driven back to him by Joe Root, onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end with the umpire turning down the appeal for Lyth being run out. However, the opener departed next over l.b.w. to a full length delivery from Douthwaite as Glamorgan secured their first bowling point in the 24th over. 79-3 immediately became 79-4 as Root miscued a drive advancing down the wicket to a full toss from Taylor and was well caught by Douthwaite running back from mid-off.
Harry Brook and Johnny Tattersall joined forces with the former off-driving Taylor for four before steering Douthwaite through the slip cordon for four, followed by a punch through extra-cover off the back foot. Tattersall then drilled an over-pitched delivery from van der Gugten for four to long-on before Brook greeted the return of Michael Hogan to the attack by unfurling a pair of sublime drives through mid-on and mid-off to bring up the Yorkshire hundred. Tattersall then square-cut van der Gugten for four before Brook dispatched successive balls from Hogan off the back foot through extra-cover and mid-wicket for firmly struck boundaries. But with the total on 129 van der Gugten removed Tattersall l.b.w. with a delivery which jagged back in and struck the Yorkshire batsman on the back foot in front of the stumps. After being joined by Dom Bess, Brook drilled a delivery from David Lloyd to the ropes at long-on.
Bess then edged a ball from the Dutchman just in front of third slip before square-driving the next delivery for a second boundary. He also nurdled Hogan through point but Lloyd duly made an important breakthrough as, in his third over, he removed Brook who was l.b.w for 40 with the total on 149. Matthew Fisher began with a cover-driven four against the Glamorgan vice-captain but, with the total on 160, he became Jamie McIlroy’s maiden wicket as he edged a ball from the left-armer into Chris Cooke’s gloves.
Lloyd’s probing spell continued as he found the edge of Steven Patterson’s bat with Nick Selman completing a regulation catch at second slip. Ben Coad then opened his shoulders to loft McIlroy for four over mid-off but next over and with the total on 174 Coad perished at wide third man as he upper cut Douthwaite straight to Taylor who had just been placed in that position close to the boundary ropes. Having been joined by Duanne Olivier, Bess pulled Dan Douthwaite for four before clipping him to the ropes at square-leg whereupon Taylor returned to the fray and was driven to long-on by the England off-spinner, but next over he had Olivier caught behind as Glamorgan secured a first innings lead of 137 runs.
With Glamorgan on 132-7 after being put in to bat in tundra-like conditions in Leeds yesterday, it looked like the Welsh county might struggle to garner a batting point. But they ended the day with three in the bag as the game was turned on its head by a remarkable eighth wicket stand of 122 in 32.5 overs between Dan Douthwaite and Timm van der Gugten. The Dutchman went on to reach a career-best 80* in the bitterly cold conditions, besides receiving useful support in the final hour from Michael Hogan.
The net result was that Glamorgan began this morning in much warmer and less overcast conditions on 310-8 with the Yorkshire bowlers looking to quickly end the visitor’s innings. Ben Coad resumed at the Kirkstall Lane End and saw Hogan under-edge a full length delivery – the first of the day - to fine-leg for four before the Glamorgan number ten straight drove and cover drove the bowler for further boundaries in the opening over besides completing a 47-ball fifty.
However, Hogan was caught at long-off in Coad’s next over as the ninth wicket stand came to an end having added 72 in 13.4 overs. Jamie McIlroy replaced the evergreen fast bowler but four runs later departed l.b.w. to Patterson leaving van der Gugten unbeaten with 85 from 145 balls and fifteen runs short of posting Glamorgan’s first century at Headingley since 2004 and the earliest Championship hundred in the Club’s history.
van der Gugten was swiftly back in action as Adam Lyth and Tom Kohler-Cadmore began Yorkshire’s first innings with the Dutchman sharing new ball duties with Hogan for whom this is his 99th first-class appearance for Glamorgan and his first-ever Championship match on Yorkshire soil. Having beaten the outside edge of Lyth’s bat with three of his four deliveries, the former England opener then thick-edged Hogan’s fifth ball to the ropes at third man.
There was nothing fortuitous though for his second boundary as he cover-drove van der Gugten although Kohler-Cadmore’s first boundary was also off the outside edge against Hogan before the former Worcestershire batsman also cover drove the Australian. But the 40 year-old removed the opener in his next over as he drove outside off-stump and edged into Chris Cooke’s gloves. 19-1 saw Tom Loten join Lyth who on-drove and off-drove van der Gugten for a pair of crisply-struck fours. But next over Hogan bowled Loten as Joe Root made his way to the middle with the England captain opening his account by off-driving Hogan.
Billy Root then had a couple of overs as, for the first time in first-class cricket, Joe faced his younger brother. With his second delivery, Billy nearly trapped Joe l.b.w but next over Lyth pulled a full toss from the off-spinner for four having also straight driven and off-driven Hogan for a pair of boundaries. Jamie McIlroy then entered the attack and delivered his first ball in first-class cricket to Root - born in Hereford and raised in Builth Wells, the left-armer also became the first Glamorgan bowler from a mid-Wales club since Ken Lewis of Newtown CC opened the bowling with Wilf Wooller against Essex at Cardiff Arms Park on 14 July 1956.