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Gerard Brophy ton rescues Yorkshire at Worcestershire

Close, day two: Worcestershire 286, Yorkshire 284-7
Yorks 5pts, Worcs 4pts
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LV County Championship

Gerard Brophy hit a century to bat Yorkshire back into their clash with Worcestershire on day two at New Road.

The hosts looked set for a sizeable first-innings lead when Damien Wright (3-62) helped reduce the Tykes to 155-7 in reply to their own 286.

But Brophy (118no) put on an unbroken 129 for the eighth wicket with Ryan Sidebottom (50no) as Yorkshire reached 284-7 by the close.

Brophy's score was his best in the County Championship for Yorkshire.

And he received excellent support from Sidebottom, who marked his first innings since returning to the county from Nottinghamshire by making only his second half-century, ending the day four short of his career-best 54 scored against Glamorgan in August 1998.

Brophy is out of contract at Headingley at the end of this season, but he certainly made an excellent start to his quest to secure a new one, hitting 17 boundaries in his 202-ball stay at the crease.

Wright and Matt Mason had earlier worked in rotation to share five wickets as Yorkshire wobbled at 120-6.

Veteran Australian seamer Wright, making his Worcestershire debut, struck first when wicketkeeper Ben Cox took a fine catch to dismiss Adam Lyth, before Gareth Andrew had Joe Root taken at first slip.

Mason then had Joe Sayers and Jonathan Bairstow taken in the slip cordon before Wright removed Andrew Gale and Adil Rashid.

Rich Pyrah followed, trapped leg before by Moeen Ali, before Worcestershire ran out of steam and Brophy and Sidebottom batted Yorkshire to within two runs of their hosts.

BBC Hereford and Worcester's Graham Hill reflects on day two at New Road:
"A day which started so well for Worcestershire ended with them being frustrated by an outstanding fightback from Yorkshire which was led by Gerard Brophy, who made his highest score for the county.

"Worcestershire bowled well and caught superbly to dominate the first half of the day, with Australian Damien Wright picking up three wickets on his Worcestershire debut.

"Six catches were taken behind the stumps, with the highlight being a superb effort from wicketkeeper Ben Cox to dismiss Adam Lyth, one of two catches for the youngster, although he did struggle for consistency at times.

"Having reduced Yorkshire to 155-7, Worcestershire looked on course for a healthy first-innings lead, but Brophy was then joined by the experienced Ryan Sidebottom, the pair adding an unbeaten 129 for the eighth wicket, to leave Yorkshire just two runs behind at the halfway stage.

"Brophy, whose straight and cover driving was a joy to watch, was 118 not out, with Sidebottom undefeated on 50 at the close. Worcestershire will need to wrap up the Yorkshire innings quickly on the third morning, otherwise they could find themselves under pressure."

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