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Edgbaston run feast ends in draw

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Edgbaston:
FINAL DAY: Match Drawn. Yorkshire 600-8dec and 162-3, Warwickshire 482 and 60-1
(Yorks 10pts, Warwicks 7pts)
6-9 May 2009


Jonathan Trott
England Lions batsman Jonathan Trott eventually finished unbeaten on 161.

Yorkshire's bid to force victory over Warwickshire sank beneath a mountain of runs as their high-scoring Championship match drifted to a draw at Edgbaston.

A token declaration of 281 in the final session met with the expected response, the home side shaking hands on 60-1.

But, in reality, the contest was over early on the final day when Jeetan Patel saved the follow-on.

His maiden ton (120) came in a county ninth-wicket record stand with Jonathan Trott (161 no) which reached 233.

Patel's dab to the third man boundary also earned him the honour of becoming the first player to score a century from the number 10 position in Warwickshire's batting order.

Having made only two half-centuries in 74 matches before joining Warwickshire, the New Zealand Test spinner more than doubled his career-best score.

And, by the time, he and Trott had finished, they had compiled the fourth-highest ninth-wicket stand in the 109-year history of the County Championship.

Warwickshire still trailed by 359 when their eighth wicket went down on Friday afternoon. But that first-innings deficit had been reduced to 118 when Warwickshire were finally prised out for 482.

Yorkshire were taken to the very last ball of the 120-over cut-off before claiming their third bowling point when Patel's mistimed pull off Ajmal Shahzad was easily held by McGrath at mid-on.

Last man Boyd Rankin was then quickly lbw to Matthew Hoggard, leaving Trott, who had been expensively dropped on 26, undefeated on his seventh 150-plus score.

When Yorkshire batted again, with Michael Vaughan (hamstring) and Andrew Gale (sickness) kept back for emergencies, there was a hint of trouble when three wickets went down in four overs after lunch.

But it was only a brief alarm before Anthony McGrath, unbeaten on 53 after his 211 in the first innings, and Adil Rashid (58 no) put on an unbroken 99.

That helped the Tykes top their lead up to 280 before declaring at 162-3 during the tea interval.

After another mountain of runs, Edgbaston is now rivalling Taunton as the biggest scoring venue on the circuit.

The Bears' two home Championship matches this season have already produced 2,610 runs, eight centuries, including two double hundreds, and three county record partnerships.

But the imbalance between bat and ball in Birmingham has now resulted in nine draws in the Bears' last 10 home Championship fixtures.



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