Huddersfield Daily Examiner

Harry a century hero as Yorks settle for a draw

- CRICKET

ENGLAND star Harry Brook hit a stunning final-day 100 not out in his first competitiv­e innings since December as Yorkshire and Leicesters­hire had to settle for an openingrou­nd Vitality County Championsh­ip draw at Headingley.

Brook arrived at the crease four balls into day four of this weatherrav­aged Division Two fixture, overnight rain and a wet outfield once again delaying the start of play.

Yorkshire started on 72 for two in their first-innings reply to Leicesters­hire’s 354.

George Hill fell caught off a miscue in the day’s opening over, paving the way for Brook to come in and entertain the hardy 178 spectators who had waited patiently for play.

He smashed 14 fours and two sixes in 69 balls, Yorkshire declaring immediatel­y on 264 for six just before tea in order to improve a slow-over rate from the first innings.

They did this successful­ly as spinners Dan Moriarty and Adam Lyth raced through 7.2 overs before the rain arrived at 4pm with Leicesters­hire on 26 without loss in their second innings. No more play was possible, with Yorkshire taking 12 points and Leicesters­hire 13.

Meanwhile, England’s Test tour of New Zealand at the back end of the year will comprise of matches in

Christchur­ch, Wellington and Hamilton. Ben Stokes’ side are set to finish their 2023-25 World Test Championsh­ip commitment­s against the Black Caps with a series starting on November 28 at the Hagley Oval in Christchur­ch.

They then head to the Basin Reserve, the scene of a memorable one-run defeat last year as New Zealand sealed a 1-1 series draw, for the second Test which is due to run from December 6-10.

The series then wraps up at Seddon Park in Hamilton from December 14-18. England currently lie bottom of the nine-team World Test Championsh­ip table, with the toptwo progressin­g to the final.

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Harry Brook hit a stunning 100 for Yorkshire

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