Sidebottom and Bairstow add to Yorkshire folklore

The names of Bairstow and Sidebottom are etched even more deeply into Yorkshire folklore after the sons of famous fathers entered the record books with a stand of 151 at Trent Bridge.

It was a county record for the ninth wicket against Nottinghamshire, the previous one having been set 112 years earlier by two of Yorkshire’s greatest legends, Wilfred Rhodes and George Hirst.

The occasion will be best remembered, however, for 21-year-old Jonny Bairstow converting his maiden century into a double. But he could not have passed either landmark without the assistance of Ryan Sidebottom, adding to the poignancy.

Their respective fathers, David and Arnie, were Yorkshire teammates in the 1970s and 80s and great friends off the field. Bairstow senior took his own life after suffering from depression 13 years ago and observers noted Jonny glancing to the heavens during the ecstatic celebrations of his hundred.

Since hitting an unbeaten 82 against Somerset on his Championship debut two years ago, he had passed fifty on a further 16 occasions. But he had to wait until his 35th game, and his 59th innings, to reach three figures.

In fact, he hadn’t got into the 90s before, his previous best being 85 for England Lions against Combined Campuses and Colleges in Barbados last winter. But there was no hint of nerves as he drove successive fours through extra cover off Samit Patel before pushing a single through point to bring the fans to their feet.

He was on 199 at tea but a slog-sweep for six off Patel took him to 205 before he was bowled by Steven Mullaney. Sidebottom was unbeaten on 45.

Bairstow admitted he was thrilled to accomplish the milestone, and said: “Getting to three figures was a bit of a relief. There was a lot of talk about me having scored so many 50s, 80s, whatever, but I knew that if I carried on doing the same things I’d been doing that the hundred would come.

“To go on and make it a double was really special and something I’ll never forget. It was great to get it for the boys and also for my family and friends.”

With 20-year-old Joe Root making 95 in the same innings, it was further proof that the Yorkshire production line is in full working order. They may have had a shaky start without the experienced Jacques Rudolph, and with Anthony McGrath struggling for form and fitness, but the future continues to look very bright.

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