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Cricket: Honours end even after Sutton show; YORKSHIRE v DERBYSHIRE.

AN absorbing day's cricket at Headingley ended with honours just about even as Yorkshire responded admirably to Derbyshire's imposing total. Yorkshire closed on 203 for four, 219 adrift of the visitors' 422, thanks to useful contributions from Michael Vaughan, Anthony McGrath and Michael Lumb.

Though Vaughan showed flashes of his brilliance on the way to 47, McGrath made a boundary-studded 61 and Lumb struck the ball sweetly in his 38, none matched the application of Derbyshire's Luke Sutton.

He converted his overnight unbeaten 79 into a second century of the season, which, allied to Dominic Cork's 92, helped Derbyshireregistered maximum batting points. The total might have been even greater had it not been for the continued excellence of Ryan Sidebottom, who took three of the five Derbyshire wickets to fall to finish with career-best figures of seven for 97.

Although Yorkshire will be reasonably pleased with their reply, they could do a lot worse later today than try to follow Sutton's example.

He would hardly please the purists with his hunched stance and left shoulder pointing towards mid-on, but a fierce doggedness at the crease makes up for any shortcomings in terms of elegance.

Yorkshire had little success upon taking the new ball as Sutton and Cork extended their partnership, which stood at 80 overnight, to 159. Cork outscored his partner by almost four runs to one during an entertaining first hour's play, and seemed set to beat his partner to the three-figure mark when he was trapped lbw by McGrath.

His alliance with Sutton represented Derbyshire's highest sixth-wicket stand against Yorkshire, beating the 56-year-old record of 130 set by Arnold Townsend and George Cope, and carried the visitors to within sight of a fifth batting point.

Cork's departure was followed by three Sidebottom wickets in the space of 14 balls, Tom Lungley and Welch trapped in front by shooters and Mohammad Ali looping a catch to Scott Richardson at second slip.

Richard Dawson turned one between Sutton's bat and pad to end his marathon innings, which spanned more than six-and-a-quarter hours.

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 11, 2003
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