stalemate frustrates yorkshire

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie.

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie.

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Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie felt the wicket negated both teams as his team’s latest County Championship encounter ended in a draw at Sussex.

A stalemate had always looked the likely outcome with only eight wickets falling on the final two days on a slow pitch offering precious little assistance to either seamers or spinners.

Sussex were comfortably placed on 228-3 and leading by 74 runs when the players shook hands, with the home side taking nine points from the match and Yorkshire 10 - which lifts them level with Nottinghamshire at the top of the table.

“The pitch got lower and slower as the game went on,” said Gillespie. “It did not really promote first-class cricket and was a challenge for both teams to try and score at a decent run-rate.

“There was a lack of bounce and it was tough for the batsmen. Jonny Bairstow is quite an attacking player but with no slips and ring fields even he found it very difficult to push the scoring rate forward.”

Luke Wells batted for nearly five hours as he scored his second half-century of the match and was eventually dismissed by the part-time off spin of Adam Lyth for 81.

Wells had a reprieve on 19 when Jonny Bairstow dropped him behind the stumps off Azeem Rafiq, but he played with more freedom in the afternoon as he and Rory Hamilton-Brown amassed 110 for the second wicket to frustrate Yorkshire.