Yorkshire v Surrey: Kumar Sangakkara reaches 1,000 first-class runs for season

Kumar Sangakkara has now hit six centuries in 11 Championship innings for Surrey this seasonSpecsavers County Championship Division One, Headingley (day two):Surrey 516-7 dec: Sangakkara 180*, Burns 90, Roy 87, T Curran 44Yorkshire 27-1: Root 12*Surrey 5 pts, Yorkshire 2 ptsYorkshire trail Surrey by 489 runs with nine wickets remainingScorecard

Kumar Sangakkara completed 1,000 first-class runs for the season before reaching his sixth ton of the summer, an unbeaten 180, as Surrey declared in rain-hit Yorkshire at Headingley.

After a delayed start in Leeds, only 30 overs of play were possible on day two.

But Sangakkara was on song, with 91 out of 122 runs in just the first hour of play, as Surrey went rapidly from 374-6 overnight to a declaration on 516-7.

Yorkshire then reached 27-1 in 10.5 overs before the rain returned.

The hosts lost opener Adam Lyth, leg before wicket to Sam Curran in the eighth over of their reply.

But England Test captain Joe Root was left not out on 12, while Alex Lees is still there on five after the weather intervened on an otherwise unsuccessful second day’s play in this experimental County Championship pink-ball day-night fixture.

Sangakkara reached his century off 136 balls and his 150 off only another 28, in all hitting 21 fours and four sixes as he shared a 158-run stand for the seventh wicket with new England T20 international Tom Curran (44) to ensure maximum batting bonus points.

His 1,000th Championship run of 2017, making him the first to achieve that feat in English cricket this summer, came with a boundary off Tim Bresnan.

His century duly followed – and his next 80 runs came even faster with the pink ball than he has managed so far this season with the red.

Yorkshire assistant coach Rich Pyrah told BBC Radio Leeds:

“Kumar obviously played really well, but I didn’t think we hit our lengths as consistently as we can.

“It’s a little bit frustrating. We know how important the new ball is with the pink one before it gets soft.

“I thought we were inconsistent and let him get away again. But he’s a class player.

“When he’s playing like that at the end, it’s very difficult to stop him scoring.”

Surrey’s Tom Curran told BBC Radio London:

“It was another masterclass from the great man. He’s been unbelievable. His record speaks for itself. There’s not much more we can say about him. It’s all been said.

“He’s a great player and a great man, and I was honoured to be out there watching him do his thing. It was a great experience for me. He makes it look a lot easier than I do.

“I find the pink ball all right. Jason Roy said yesterday that it doesn’t sound as nice off the bat, but it still seems to go. Sam bowled beautifully, and we could have had a few more wickets between us.

“It was a huge honour to represent England for the first time and it has been a special few days. I’ve loved every second of it. But it’s nice to be back with the Surrey boys.”

Source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/40413144