Jacques shines amid struggle

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YORKSHIRE suffered a disappointing day after electing to bat at Northampton at the start of their County Championship clash.

After looking comfortable at 148-2 they failed to build on that and were all out for 249.

For Adam Lyth there was a real bump to earth after his magnificent 248 not out in the drawn game with Leicestershire at the weekend. He managed just six before falling to David Willey.

Joe Root followed with the score on 44 when, having made 25, he chased a widish delivery from Oli Stone, the 18-year-old seam bowler playing only his second first class match. His debut had also been against Yorkshire and his only wicket then was Andrew Gale.

This time Gale didn’t fall to him as he and Phil Jaques put on a third wicket stand of 104 before a double blow for Yorkshire went both went with the score on 148.

Jaques, looking comfortable on 75, was run out by a direct hit from mid-off and Gale went next over, sending a return catch to Lee Daggett who had been responsible for the Jaques run out.

Jonny Bairstow, despite his century at the weekend, has been disappointing since his Test appearances and made only 17 before falling to Daggett who instantly removed Richard Pyrah for a duck.

Gary Ballance made 24 and there was some late resistance but it had generally been a struggle and they were all out just before the close.

Pyrah was brought for Steve Harmison who has returned to Durham with a side strain thus cutting short his loan spell. If Tim Bresnan isn’t picked by England for the second Test at Headingley. He would then travel to Northampton and replace Pyrah.