Yorkshire found it tough going on day one at Headingley against Derbyshire. After winning his first toss of the season, captain Andrew Gale invited Derbyshire to bat first. At close of play, the Falcons had advanced to 302-4 thanks to an unbeaten 171 by West Indian batsman Chesney Hughes.
“It was a long day, a tough day,” said Gale. “I don’t think we were at our best with the ball. But to fight back in the evening session gives us hope.
“The lads have been ribbing me for a while about my tossing ability, so I was quite happy to win the toss. I thought it was a good toss to win. There was a bit of damp in the pitch and cloudy overhead conditions. You’d say it was the perfect Headingley morning for bowling.
“I don’t think we used the new ball as well as we could have. But fair play to Derby.
“Chesney batted well even though he chanced his arm a few times. Madsen played a chanceless innings. It was a good partnership, but thankfully we broke it and managed to get a few more wickets.”
Yorkshire fought back in the final session and managed to take three wickets for 98 runs and will hope that they can make an early breakthrough on day two.
“We sat down at tea and I asked for a response,” added Gale. “I said ‘we haven’t been as consistent as we’d like, but we’ve still got a chance to get three or four wickets going into tomorrow’. We’re still in this game, definitely.”