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May 30, 2011
Yorkshire 21 for 0 v Sussex 548 for 4 dec
Murray Goodwin made the highest score of the season so far as Yorkshire's bowlers were made to toil again on the second day of the County Championship Division One game at Hove.
Goodwin compiled an undefeated 274 before Sussex declared 30 minutes before tea on 548 for 4. Yorkshire reached 21 without loss in reply when bad light brought a premature close with only 4.2 overs possible after tea.
It was the eighth time in his 11 years with the county that the 38-year-old Goodwin has lodged a double hundred and, apart from one waft which flew through the slips on the first day when he was on 49, he hardly played a false shot.
After reaching his double hundred he thrashed his next 74 runs off just 56 balls with leg-spinner Adil Rashid, whose figures of nought for 187 were the worst of his career and the third-worst ever by a Yorkshire bowler, coming in for particularly savage treatment as Goodwin twice struck him for three successive boundaries.
When the declaration came Goodwin had made the third-highest individual score against Yorkshire, while there have only been six bigger scores by Sussex batsmen in their history - with Goodwin responsible for two of them. He faced 397 balls and hit 37 fours.
At the start of the day Goodwin extended his stand with Luke Wells to 304, Sussex's second-highest for the third wicket, before the 20-year-old Wells was run out in sight of his own double hundred.
Wells came back for a second after Goodwin flicked the ball to long leg but his partner was not interested and Wells turned too late to beat Steven Patterson's direct hit at the non-striker's end. Wells batted for seven-and-a-half hours for his career-best 174 and faced 338 balls, hitting 26 fours and a six.
Yorkshire's only other success on a chastening day for their attack was also a run-out, when Oliver Hannon-Dalby spotted that skipper Mike Yardy had strayed out of his ground after defending back up the pitch and side-footed the ball against the stumps in his follow-through. But Goodwin and Andrew Hodd thrashed another 100 for the fifth wicket in 17 overs before leaving Yorkshire needing 399 just to avoid the follow-on.
Yorkshire openers Joe Root and Joe Sayers negotiated 11.2 overs either side of tea in fading light but the follow-on target of 399 is still some way off.
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