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Sayers shines but Vaughan fails

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Yorkshire 258-2
(Warwicks 0pts, Yorks 2pts)
6-9 May 2009 (Play begins 1100 BST)

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan leaves the field after being dismissed for 16 at Edgbaston

Joe Sayers helped Yorkshire absorb another Michael Vaughan failure with his first century in two years against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Vaughan made a sketchy 16 before a drive at England Lions seamer Chris Woakes saw him caught at point.

But Sayers showed greater application by batting more than six hours for his unbeaten 114 out of the Tykes' 258-2.

It was Sayers' first score of 50 or more in 27 first-class innings stretching back to June 2007.

And it helped to justify Yorkshire's decision to pick him ahead of fellow left-hander Adam Lyth, who had been in line to again replace him as he did last season.

Vaughan, who had already suffered the further indignity of having to clamber over seats when he took a wrong turn from the visitors' dressing room, did his best to battle back to form, striking three fours in his 51-ball innings.

But Woakes, who took a career-best 6-43 for the Lions against the West Indies at Derby last week, bowled a testing post-lunch spell to Vaughan in which the former England captain twice survived appeals for catches behind the wicket.


Aged 34, 82 Tests, 16,213 first-class runs in 266 matches

First-class scores this season . . . 12, 24, 20, 5, 16

One-day scores this season . . . 43, 82, 5, 10

It was actually a looser delivery from Woakes that led to Vaughan's downfall, his back-foot drive picking out Jim Troughton who held a low catch.

News of Ravi Bopara's century against the West Indies at Lord's cannot have improved Vaughan's mood as he attempts to reclaim his England place.

But Sayers at least proved there is one Yorkshireman of getting his head down and scoring runs again.

He appeared to judder to a halt for a time as he crawled through the thirties, and his long-awaited 50 did not come until he had faced 165 balls, only six of which had gone for four.

But Sayers did then accelerate, pushing on to the ninth century of his career, from 257 balls. when he leg-glanced Rikki Clarke for his 13th four.

Sayers had played a supporting role in an opening stand of 93 with the in-form Jacques Rudolph who, having survived a sharp chance to Ian Bell at third slip, raced to his 50 from 67 balls.

But Rudolph was caught behind for 62. And visiting skipper Anthony McGrath, twice dropped (once by Woakes, the second time off him) helped Sayers post a so far unbroken third wicket stand of 134.

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