Yorkshire 394-3 (J A Rudolph 194 no, A McGrath 120) v Worcestershire
A chanceless unbeaten 194 by Jacques Rudolph and 120 by his skipper, Anthony McGrath, helped Yorkshire pile up the runs on the second day of the weather-hit LV Championship match at Headingley.
The pair added 237, the highest Yorkshire third-wicket stand in four years and a White Rose record for any wicket against Worcestershire, overtaking by one run the 236 by Matthew Wood and Darren Lehmann at New Road in 1998.
Spectators sat through a sunny morning without play because the outfield on the newly-laid outfield was too soggy to allow a prompt start after heavy overnight rain. Twenty overs had been lost in the day when play resumed at 2.30pm.
Yorkshire were 123 for one overnight with Rudolph 73 and Michael Vaughan still to score. Although Vaughan managed a fluent cover boundary off Ashley Noffke, the bowler then beat him with a fine delivery outside off-stump and he feathered a catch behind.
McGrath, still one of the best No?3s in the country, looked outstanding from the start and soon pulled Imran Arif for six. Yorkshire reached 202 for two in 70 overs and shortly after McGrath had pulled a second six, off Chris Whelan, Rudolph cut Gareth Batty for four to go to his century from 182 balls with six fours and a six.
Progress was so swift, despite the slow outfield, that a double century stand came in 51 overs. McGrath’s century took 166 balls with ten fours and a six.
The stand was broken by medium-pacer, Daryl Mitchell, McGrath driving gently to Batty at cover after receiving 190 balls and striking 13 fours and two sixes. Fellow left-hander, Andrew Gale, joined Rudolph, with only 33 wanted in nine overs for a fifth batting bonus point but surprisingly there was no urgency shown by either batsman and at the end of 120 overs Yorkshire were 391 for three.