Play didn’t resume until 4.40, so I wasn’t too upset as it was a filthy day to be sitting around in the cold and drizzle. Nevertheless 41 overs were possible with Kent chugging along to 135/2 by stumps.
Young Joe Denly impressed as he left the ball well and refused to be drawn into any Dazza histrionics, the Yorkshire Skipper doing the old hand-on-hips-how’d-you-miss-that routine. He is still there on 60, his 15 match First Class Career has so far garnered 1136 at 54.09, definitely one for the future.
We saw eight overs which saw the men from Kent reach 21/0, Gough bowling fast and straight allied to Gillespie swinging the ball away, beating the edge of Key’s bat on a couple of occasions.
Given the dire weather that has denied Yorkshire the opportunity of victory points in the last four matches, Gough was understandably so desperate to stay on when the light closed in, that we had the privilege of seeing the leg spin of Adil Rashid in the seventh over.
The youngster is a delight to behold. I’ve seen him bowl in the flesh four times now, and he has control, flight and bounce. He rarely bowls a four ball which is some achievement for a leg spinner, and a minor miracle when you consider he is only 19 years of age.
In addition to 56 wickets in just 17 games, with three five fers and a best of 6/67, he has recorded 5 50’s and remained marooned on 91* in the last game, at home to Surrey.
I was relieved in a way that his England Lions debut a couple of weeks ago saw a return of 0/90 off just 12 overs, and a duck with the bat, as it dampens down the wild talk in the press of an England Cap. He isn’t ready and we’ve been down this road before with Chris Schofield, and to an extent Jimmy Anderson, although the Burnley man produced some sublime swing bowling in the last Test.
Rashid, along with Rudolph and Huddersfield seamer Ajmal Shahzad came out when the rain eased a bit to knock up with a gang of kids. Brilliant. They didn’t have to do it and when a young fella “caught” Adil Rashid his celebrations should have been enough to blow the rain clean away.
When Rashid makes his England debut, there’ll be tall stories told in some Yorkshire schools, homes or Pubs.