YORKSHIRE led Group Three of the County Championship, but not in the way they wanted.
A 12-point draw against Glamorgan was enough for Steve Patterson and his men to overtake Lancashire before their meeting at Old Trafford later this month, although Lancashire would regain first place with six points from their match at Northants next week when Yorkshire miss a round. after six games in a row.
Sadly the only winner in Cardiff was the weather, where only 13 overs were thrown on day four after the first day was eliminated with several delays on days two and three.
It meant Yorkshire was forced to settle for a third draw to go with three wins in what remains an undefeated start to the season; Lancashire is also undefeated (three wins and two draws), while Glamorgan, in third place, won one, lost two and tied three and is now 29 points behind Yorkshire.
As the top two teams in each of the three groups advance to Division One later in the season, giving them a shot at the Championship title and the Bob Willis Trophy, which is not available to teams in the Divisions Two and Three, Yorkshire and Lancashire appear to be well placed to move past Group Three.
In Group Two, Gloucestershire and Somerset seem like good bets as well, with only Group One (shall we call it Group of Death, maybe?) Providing a lot of interest for neutrals, with just nine points separating the top five sides.
Had Yorkshire won here, where Glamorgan advanced from 108-3 to 164-4 in its second inning yesterday, an 83 lead, before hands were shaken after the game finally started at 4.15pm, Patterson and his team would be practically at home. and hoses.
As things stand, there is still work to be done with Lancashire to play at home and away, plus a home game with Sussex and a trip to Northants before the group stage is over.
“We are well placed in the group, but now is the time to move on,” said Andrew Gale, the Yorkshire first team coach, whose team had wanted to stay yesterday on another sunny day, showers and several inspections to see if there was any an external possibility to force a result.
“I think we’ve played some decent cricket so far without being very good, and even though you rarely play the perfect game, you can go out of your way to do that and we’re a bit far from that right now.
“In general, I am satisfied, but it is my job to want more, and I want more from the players because I know that they can perform better than they have done so far.”
He added: “What makes me happy, however, is the attitude, the stamina and the character they have shown, which has been magnificent.”
And so the first Yorkshire championship game at Cardiff since 1998 slipped into obscurity that such a span of time did not deserve.
It could have been a compelling competition, with Yorkshire clearly in charge after firing Glamorgan for 149 in challenging conditions after winning the toss only to slide to 111-8 in response.
Joe Root, who played one of his best innings for Yorkshire given the difficulties of a two-paced surface with variable rebound, and Patterson rescued the visitors in a 118-seat stand in the ninth wicket, Yorkshire’s highest for that wicket against Glamorgan, eclipsing the 70s uninterrupted between Dickie Bird and Don Wilson in Bradford in 1959.
Such was Yorkshire’s strength in those days that Bird, whose undefeated 181 was the highest of his two hundred first-class, was eliminated for the next game; There has always been a lot of feeling in Yorkshire cricket.
With a lead of 81 in the first inning thanks to Root’s 99 and Patterson’s undefeated 47, Yorkshire didn’t make the most of it after cutting the hosts to 47-3 in their second inning.
They threw inconsistently with Kiran Carlson (44) and David Lloyd (40) guiding Glamorgan into much safer territory at 108-3 in the final action of the third day.
Yesterday, after heavy rains finally gave way to a bright sun, Carlson quickly raised his half century, hitting 46 deliveries with eight four.
Lloyd hadn’t added to his total overnight when he was in the nineteenth ball of the proceedings, beaten by a complete and direct from Ben Coad.
Carlson, on his 23rd birthday, played a series of beautiful offside drives, confirming his status as a hitter of some potential.
It had hit 88 out of 84 deliveries, and the clock hadn’t been long after 5pm, when the draw was officially confirmed, and Yorkshire now has a welcome break before the Roses contest at Old Trafford starting on May 27. .
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This notice was published: 2021-05-16 22:41:13