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Solanki and rain thwart Yorkshire

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Headingley
Yorkshire v Worcestershire
28 April-1 May (Play starts 1100 BST)
CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY THREE: Yorkshire 460-6 Worcestershire 100-2
(Yorks 5 pts, Worcs 1pt)


Vikram Solanki
Solanki came to the wicket with Worcestershire on 3-1

Worcestershire captain Vikram Solanki hit his fourth-straight Championship half-century as their rain-affected clash with Yorkshire heads for a draw.

Solanki hit an unbeaten 66, to add to his previous knocks of 73, 50 and 64, as Worcestershire closed on 100-2 after eight interruptions ruined day three.

They need a further 211 to avoid the follow-on after Yorkshire declared their first innings closed on 460-6.

Jacques Rudolph was stumped by Steven Davies two short of a double century.

Rudolph had resumed on 194, with his side 394-3, and saw Andrew Gale drive Gareth Batty for six to bring up the 400, before both fell to Daryl Mitchell, who ended with career-best figures of 4-49.

The Yorkshire boys have got some able seam bowlers and they bowled pretty well

Worcs skipper Vikram Solanki

Gerard Brophy also fell to Mitchell's medium pace before Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad batted positively to hasten Yorkshire's declaration.

Worcestershire soon lost openers Alexei Kervezee and Mitchell for, but Solanki and Moeen Ali (15 not out) put on an unbeaten stand of 61 to see them to the close.

It was not without alarms as Solanki was twice dropped in the slips.

Gale put him down off Bresnan when he only had three, before Anthony McGrath failed to hold onto another chance off Shahzad, which instead went to the boundary to bring up Solanki's 50.


Worcestershire captain Vikram Solanki told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"Headingley is renowned for when there are overcast conditions it can be helpful to the seam bowlers.

"The Yorkshire boys have got some able seam bowlers and they bowled pretty well.

"They bowled in areas that you would think they would."



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