Yorkshire’s 36-year-old batsman Anthony McGrath scored a century which brought his side maximum batting bonus points against LV= County Championship Division Two leaders Derbyshire at Headingley.
McGrath’s contract runs out at the end of the summer and it has been agreed between the player and the club that all thoughts should be on gaining promotion before any extension is discussed.
Yorkshire paced their innings well and McGrath completed his second century of the season when the score was 406 for five with Derbyshire restricted to a solitary batting bonus point as they ended the day on 28 for one.
England cast aside the controversy surrounding Kevin Pietersen to make an outstanding start to the must-win third Investec Test against South Africa at Lord’s.
Steven Finn was to the fore with three wickets in seven balls - and afterwards insisted the shenanigans surrounding Pietersen over the past week simply did not cross England’s minds when the time came to play cricket again.
Finn helped to reduce South Africa to 54 for four at one stage - and even after JP Duminy (61) had underpinned a fightback to 262 for seven, England’s 6ft 8in seamer was content with his and his team-mates’ work. He said: “Whenever we go and bowl, regardless of what’s happening elsewhere, we always want to do what we do well. Even if what happened in the last week hadn’t happened, we’d still have gone out there and had the same intentions.”