Yorkshire could be docked points for poor pitch

David Warner

August 31, 2000

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Yorkshire today faced the possibility of having at least eight points docked as the ECB Pitches Panel, comprised of Mike Denness and Alan Fordham, carried out an examination of the Scarborough pitch after umpires Barry Dudleston and John Harries had brought it to their notice after seeing how it played yesterday.

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Denness, who has been present on the first two days of the match, said a statement may be issued from Lord's later today, once the Panel's deliberations have been completed.

There was also plenty of drama on the field this morning as Yorkshire lost Simon Widdup and Anthony McGrath to the first two balls of their innings and it became four for three when Vic Craven was caught behind off Ben Hollioake's fourth delivery.

But Australian Darren Lehmann and skipper David Byas staged a rapid recovery with a 69 stand before Ben Hollioake had Byas caught off bat and pad. Nothing could stop Lehmann, however, and he raced to his 50 out of 82 for four off 58 balls with five superbly struck boundaries.

At lunch, Yorkshire were 84 for four as they aimed to reach 207 in order to avoid the follow on after Surrey had begun the day by taking their first innings to 356, Ian Salisbury finishing unbeaten on 57.

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