Yorkshire opener Tom Kohler-Cadmore just about summed this match up when he said: “If I could take that pitch everywhere with me, I would. I’d love to bat on that every week.”
No doubt about it, this was a match for the batsmen, with Yorkshire under early pressure courtesy of three Surrey centuries.
For Mark Stoneman and Ben Foakes, they were significant innings in terms of Ashes selection.
But, undoubtedly, the pick of them was Kumar Sangakkara’s 164. This was his seventh Championship century in 12 innings this season and his third in all competitions against Yorkshire.
He has now scored tons against them facing the white, pink and red ball.
In fairness to the struggling White Rose, they fought back well from conceding 592.
With the threat of relegation hanging over them, openers KohlerCadmore and centurion Shaun Marsh laid the platform with a stand of 171, both hitting 78, before spin tested the visitors yesterday.
Make no mistake, Yorkshire are not out of the woods just yet. But they will be fairly confident of winning one of their last two matches.
They face Warwickshire at Headingley next week and Essex at Chelmsford the week after.West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite will debut against the Bears.