1. Home
  2. /

  3. /

    Joe Root and Harry Brook both achieved centuries for Yorkshire
Joe Root and Harry Brook both achieved centuries for Yorkshire
Joe Root brought up a century. Source: Getty Images

Joe Root and Harry Brook both achieved centuries for Yorkshire

Harry Brook and Joe Root achieved centuries for Yorkshire before Wayne Madsen, who was injured, led an equally impressive Derbyshire fightback during the second half of day two of the Vitality County Championship clash at Headingley.

England duo Brook and Root established a fourth-wicket partnership of 201, contributing to their county's first-innings 450 for five declared. Brook was the top scorer with 126 not out off 135 balls.

Yorkshire commenced the day on 276 for three from 59 overs, with Root on 65 and Brook on 44. Mr. Root scored 119 runs off 190 balls.

The hosts made the decision to declare their innings shortly after lunch, largely due to the possibility of rain on the third day.

Veteran Madsen, nursing an injured right hand sustained while attempting to make a day one catch, compiled an excellent unbeaten 88 off 185 balls, sharing 167 for the fourth wicket with Brooke Guest, who added 74 to Derbyshire's close of play 190 for three from 63 overs.

Yorkshire's Brook was consistently dominant throughout his innings, while Root's performance on day one was somewhat slower to gain momentum. He described the process as "grinding".

Root appeared more at ease before lunch on day two, though he was not yet at his fluent best. He did, however, successfully execute a reverse ramp seamer against Zak Chappell for six runs over third after reaching his century off 163 balls.

This was his first century for Yorkshire since May 2022 and his tenth overall in first-class cricket.

Brook's wait for his ninth century for Yorkshire was considerably shorter than that experienced by his colleagues. His most recent century was achieved against Leicestershire in the opening round of this season.

He reached his latest century off 102 balls and having achieved that, he pulled Luis Reece's left-arm seam for six over backward square leg.

The stroke was executed with a disdainful manner, as were many others during this innings. It concluded when Yorkshire declared 15 minutes after lunch, having secured a fifth batting point.

Derbyshire's catching proved to be a significant weakness on day one, with four dropped catches.

Furthermore, on day two, there was more disappointment in that regard, with Brook being dismissed at mid-on by captain David Lloyd off Reece on 106. In truth, the damage had already been done.

One of the dropped catches during the morning session was by Madsen at first slip. He immediately left the field to receive treatment for a hand injury and subsequently visited a hospital.

There was considerable uncertainty as to whether the 40-year-old would bat, but he proceeded to bat at his usual number four position with the score at 15 for two in the sixth over.

Yorkshire, in particular, Fisher demonstrated an expert approach to the ball. The reserve England quick bowler took two wickets in a six-over opening spell, which resulted in a loss of only seven runs.

In the space of three balls at the start of the sixth over of the innings, he successfully trapped Harry Came lbw and had Lloyd caught at third slip by Fin Bean.

Subsequently, the same fielder in the same position assisted Ben Coad in removing Reece, who was dismissed for 23 runs in the 13th over. The rebuilding process was then left to the injured player Madsen and the wicketkeeper Guest.

Madsen demonstrated no outward signs of discomfort during a determined innings in favourable batting conditions. He even demonstrated his athleticism by shimmying down the pitch and lofting Hill's seam over long-on for six.

Guest demonstrated strong batting skills, though was given a reprieve on 35 when his teammate, Jonny Tattersall, dropped the ball off Fisher down the leg side after the tea break.

Yorkshire's declaration in the early afternoon was made with the knowledge that inclement weather was forecast for the third day of the match. Should they wish to emerge victorious, they may have to do so in just three days of playing time, including Monday's final day.

Madsen and Guest were able to gain valuable time out of the game.

Guest reached his fifty-first run off 82 balls, while Madsen followed at 109 balls. By the time the latter raised his bat, Derbyshire had reached 132 for three in the 43rd over and was in a more secure position.

They further consolidated their position as the game drew to a close.

Get the latest news to your inbox.

Subscribe to the newsletter

We value your privacy and promise not to distribute your email to third parties.