Marsh and Lees give Tykes hope

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

DE­TER­MINED hun­dreds from both Shaun Marsh and Alex Lees en­sured York­shire’s es­cape with a hard-earned draw against Sur­rey at the Kia Oval de­spite hav­ing been be­ing forced to fol­low-on in their Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship match.

Marsh fin­ished un­beaten on 125, from 263 balls, in a ded­i­cated demon­stra­tion of crease oc­cu­pa­tion across five and a half hours, and he had guided York­shire to safety at 281 for 2 in their sec­ond in­nings – an over­all lead of 83 – when bad light pre­vented the last 31 overs of the match from be­ing bowled.

There was just one over sent down after tea be­fore um­pires Michael Burns and Neil Mal­len­der took the play­ers off, never to re­turn.

It was a fine ef­fort from Marsh and Lees, with the five draw points highly valu­able to a York­shire team who are fac­ing a fight to avoid rel­e­ga­tion from Di­vi­sion One in the up­com­ing last fort­night of the sea­son.

The 10 points they take from this match leaves them on 124, just one point ahead of both Som­er­set and Mid­dle­sex and with one of those three coun­ties seem­ingly des­tined to join al­ready rel­e­gated War­wick­shire in the sec­ond di­vi­sion next sea­son. ■■Es­sex have won their first County Cham­pi­onship ti­tle since 1992.

Ryan ten Doeschate’s team put them­selves on the brink of glory when they trounced War­wick­shire by an in­nings in­side three days at Edg­bas­ton.

But after their eighth vic­tory of a re­mark­able sea­son, Es­sex had to wait for sec­ond-placed Lan­cashire’s fail­ure to win away to Som­er­set to be con­firmed be­fore they could start cel­e­brat­ing the sil­ver­ware.

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