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England duo frustrate Derbyshire on Day 3

HeadingleyDerbyshire suffered a difficult day in the field, as a mammoth 231-run partnership between England duo Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow helped but Yorkshire in a strong position on Day 3 at Headingley.

Root became the second man in the match to complete his double century, after Chesney Hughes’ record-breaking 270 yesterday, as the England Lions Captain was finally dismissed for a superb 236 from 336 balls. 

His partner Bairstow would hit 21 fours and four sixes in his knock of 186, as he shared a 117-run stand with Gary Balance (50*) that moved the hosts over 500 before closing the day on 597-5, a lead of 122 runs.

On a flat and placid Headingley pitch, Root and Jaques resumed on 164-1 on a sunny morning in Leeds as Yorkshire set their sights on reducing their 311 run deficit. 

The pair were relatively untroubled in the day’s opening hour, as Root moved past three figures to complete back-to-back first class centuries after the 22-year-old compiled 185 against Durham last week. 

But Derbyshire would finally get the breakthrough shortly after as a mix-up between the duo left Jaques stranded as he was run-out by Wayne Madsen for 39 reducing the hosts to 218-2 after 64 overs, ending the 92-run stand. 

And Derbyshire claimed their second wicket of the morning shortly after, as Captain Andrew Gale attempted to hit Wainwright over mid-off but could only find Tim Groenewald who made no mistake, as Yorkshire entered Lunch on 251-3, with Root unbeaten on 130.

But that would be the last success for the visitors on Day 3, as Root and Bairstow compiled a mammoth partnership worth XXX to move the hosts past Derbyshire’s first innings score.

The England duo batted methodically to keep the scoreboard ticking, finding the boundary on a regular basis, as the pair took the score from 251-3 to a massive 385-3 at tea.

Root completed his double century shortly after the restart before Barstow completed his own landmark, reaching three figures from just 135 balls.

The double act continued to dominate the Derbyshire attack in the evening session moving past Derbyshire first innings score in the 125th over, before the 231-run partnership was finally broken as Root was bowled around his legs for a career best 236 as he was bowled round his legs by Dan Redfern.

Bairstow fell just before the close for a magnificent 186, as he shared a 117-run partnership with Gary Ballance who remained unbeaten on 50 at the close, as Yorkshire ended the day on 597-5, a lead of 122 runs.

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