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600-up for Ryan Sidebottom as Yorkshire bowlers toil
It was a bitter sweet day for Yorkshire’s 600-wicket star Ryan Sidebottom at Scarborough yesterday as Durham pressed ahead during day one of the table-topping LV= County Championship match.
Left-arm swing bowler Sidebottom, aged 35, took three wickets, including his 600th in first-class cricket when he had Mark Stoneman caught behind as he played loosely outside off-stump midway through the afternoon.
But, unfortunately for Sidebottom, the left-handed opener had already scored 122 to help underpin a close of play score of 406-6 from 96 overs, which also included 127 for Ben Stokes and 74 not out for captain Paul Collingwood.
This all came after Sidebottom had given Yorkshire a flying start to the match with two wickets in three balls in the third over to leave Durham at 5-2 in front of a 5,500 crowd.
It is thought to be the biggest crowd for a county match anywhere in the country this season.
Sidebottom was watched by his father Arnie, who claimed 596 first-class wickets in his career, and Ryan said: “My dad was here with the family. He came down to watch and had a few whiskey and lemonades.
“I’m delighted to go past him – to get 600 has been a decent career. I’d like to carry on and get a few more.
“It doesn’t seem two minutes since I was down here watching him bowling. It’s gone pretty quick. Following in his footsteps is something I’ve always wanted to do, so to go past him, I’m really pleased. It’s a great family effort.”
Sidebottom won lbw appeals against Keaton Jennings and Scott Borthwick, who fell for ducks after the visitors won the toss.
But, after a stunning one-handed catch from Kane Williamson at third slip to help Jack Brooks get rid of Will Smith later in the morning session, Stoneman and Stokes shared an aggressive 128 in 28 overs for the fourth wicket.
Stoneman became number 600 for Sidebottom after hitting 23 fours and a six, but it was brief respite for Yorkshire as Stokes and Collingwood shared 120 in 28 for the fifth wicket and Collingwood and Phil Mustard (42) 88 in 20 for the sixth.
Adil Rashid had Stokes caught behind off a top-edged sweep before Williamson had Mustard trapped lbw reverse sweeping late in a disappointing day for the hosts.
Yorkshire will rue letting a couple of half chances slip through their grasp, both of which fell to Adam Lyth at second slip, including Stokes on 92 against Brooks. And Sidebottom gave an honest assessment of their performance. He added: “We got off to a great start, but we couldn’t capitalise really.
“As a unit we bowled poorly. It was not like us, but you are going to have bad days.
“We just bowled both sides of the wicket and didn’t put enough dots and maidens together to put them under pressure.
“We’ll just take it on the chin. They’re also allowed to play well, which they did. Those half chances we didn’t take at crucial times, which we have done throughout the season.
“It’s a good pitch and a fast scoring ground. 320 in a day would have been more like it, but four an over is not great bowling on our part.”
Meanwhile, Lyth has signed a new contract until December 2015.
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