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Recent Match Report – Kent vs Yorkshire Group 3 2021

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Youngster impresses in second game, Gary Ballance falls four shy of his century in rain-affected draw

Yorkshire 321 (Ballance 96, Brook 59, Gilchrist 4-74) drew with Kent 305 (Crawley 90, Coad 3-53)

“The problem with old coppers’ tricks, Constable Boyle, is that old coppers know ’em,” says Inspector Raymond Fowler in the 1996 British sitcom The Thin Blue Line. Likewise the point about four-day cricket pitches is that they are meant to last four days. This is absolutely as it should be and it is also what the captain of England has requested. But the slightly unfortunate consequence of this otherwise laudable policy is that County Championship matches are less likely to produce a victor if a day is lost.

So even before the umpires compounded Saturday’s washout by deciding that no play would be possible before lunch on the final afternoon of this contest, it was plain that its principal points of interest would be whether Gary Ballance would score the nine runs he needed for his 41st first-class century and which of these sides might claim most bonus points. And as players almost always observe when games are done, we will not know the precise value of such small advantages until July at the earliest.

It was rather clearer that should Kent bowl 110 overs, the cricketers would be filling the time before fistbumps and coaches home. It would be meaningful middle practice a month into a long season. Such a relatively pointless session was avoided and you can be sure Nathan Gilchrist will recall this rather desultory Sunday in Leeds. On Friday he had taken his maiden wickets in first-class cricket; this afternoon he added two more and the 20-year-old can hardly have done any more to impress Kent’s coaches in his second first-class game. Indeed, had wicketkeeper Ollie Robinson clung on to a catch off Ben Coad in the game’s penultimate over Gilchrist would have been leaving Headingley with a five-fer.

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