Well, the song says “Oh what a night” but for Yorkshire today it can be slightly changed to “oh what a day” as records were equalled or bettered.
James Wharton added only one to his overnight 125 before being caught and bowled by Hayes. Andy Umeed joined Finlay Bean but was caught at mid on for 11.
Yesterday’s avalanche of boundaries appeared to have slowed and only four were added in an extended morning session. However Bean reached 200 from 277 balls with 25 fours and a six and lunch was taken at 373-2.
Will Luxton shared a partnership of 112 with Bean before he was bowled for 30. At this stage Bean was unbeaten on 235 and he reached his 250 from 319 balls and at tea was unbeaten on 291 from 373 balls whilst Harry Duke had completed his half century from 90 balls – tea Yorkshire 537 for 3.
At tea the record books were trawled, and Bean had beaten Richard Blakey’s 273 not out as the highest individual score by a Yorkshire player in Second Eleven Championship and could join an exclusive list of only five others who had made 300 plus.
Duke kept him company and at 4.55pm Bean posted his triple century and at 5.30pm with a four through backward point he overtook Marcus Trescothick’s 322 as the highest individual score in Second Eleven Championship games.
Duke made his maiden century from 185 balls with 10 fours before he was caught at cover for 108 after sharing a partnership with Bean of 240 in 362 balls, however the day belonged to Finlay Bean as he finished unbeaten on 365 including 42 fours and 2 sixes and Yorkshire closed on 676-4 closing in on the record Second Eleven Championship total of 697-8 declared by Middlesex in 2015.
John Virr – 2nd XI Scorer