CRICKET: Shreck stars as Tykes hang on

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YORKSHIRE held on to claim a draw in their LV=County Championship match against Kent despite the best efforts of Charlie Shreck.

Shreck claimed four for six in 18 balls to dismiss the tail and force the hosts to follow on 173 runs in arrears with 79 overs remaining on the final day yesterday.

But Sheffield’s Joe Root and Joe Sayers went a long way towards helping Yorkshire save the match with an opening stand of 115 and they were 146 for four when bad light ended the contest with 26 overs to go.

Yorkshire were generally second best to Kent and will be happy to have claimed nine points to their opponents’ 10.

Alastair Cook believes normal service has been resumed from England’s batsmen after their eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka.

“The bowlers have been outstanding all winter, but the batters haven’t got the runs we’d have liked,” he said. “The Test match was normal service. We batted long periods and gave a chance to our bowlers to rest up.”