Cricket: Great week rolls on for Root

Yorkshire's Joe Root is out for 236 runs. PICTURE BY ALEX WHITEHEAD/SWPIX.COM
Yorkshire's Joe Root is out for 236 runs. PICTURE BY ALEX WHITEHEAD/SWPIX.COM

Joe Root continued his sensational start to the season by posting his highest first class score and the second double ton of his burgeoning career.

His 236 overhauled the unbeaten 222 he made at Southampton last July and his innings, together with a blistering knock from Jonny Bairstow, enabled Yorkshire to move into a decent first innings lead over Derbyshire at Headingley on the third day yesterday.

It has been a remarkable few days for the young man from Sheffield after his 182 carried Yorkshire to success over Durham at the weekend and then he was named England Lions captain for next week’s clash with New Zealand at Leicester. Resuming on 164-1, replying to Derbyshire’s 475, Root lost Jaques for 39 after they’d added 92 but skipper Andrew Gale made only five.

Then Root and Bairstow dominated the Derbyshire attacking in taking Yorkshire into a first innings lead and then beyond 500.

Root went to his 100 off 154 balls and then to 200 in the identical number of balls before his seven and three-quarter hour marathon was ended when he was bowled by Dan Redfern. He had struck 24 fours.

He and Bairstow had added 231 for the fourth wicket in 51 overs. Bairstow, after starting circumspectly, blossomed and smashed 186 off only 193 balls and his fifth wicket stand of 117 with Gary Ballance came off just 14.2 overs, as Yorkshire added to their lead.

Bairstow was out just before the close after hitting 21 fours and 4 sixes and then Ballance, 50no, completed his half-century in the final over as Yorkshire ended the day on 597-5, a lead of 122.