Updated at 18:55pm 1/1/14
Yorkshire’s bowlers set the tone for what will hopefully be a successful summer today by bowling Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities out for 139 in 53 overs at Headingley.
The students struggled in the face of some accurate bowling in conditions which offered assistance through the air and off the pitch, with Ryan Sidebottom and Steve Patterson at their metronomic best on day one of this three-day first-class friendly.
Sidebottom returned figures of 1-20 from his ten overs and Patterson 2-25 from 13.
Patterson, Jack Brooks and Liam Plunkett all recorded two-wicket hauls, while leg-spinner Adil Rashid took the last three University wickets to finish with eye-catching figures of 3-8 from seven overs.
Leeds/Bradford captain Will Vanderspar was his side’s standout performer with a patient 60 off 118 balls, but nobody else made it beyond Harry Rouse’s 16. The visitors enjoyed their best period of the day during the afternoon session, with Vanderspar and Rouse sharing an innings-high 41 for the sixth wicket.
In reply, Yorkshire closed the day on 94-1 from 24.3 overs. Alex Lees made 47, although was bowled with what proved to be the day’s last ball. Adam Lyth reached 45 not out.
After a delayed start due to a wet outfield this morning, Gary Ballance won the toss and elected to bowl before play started at 12.15pm.
And immediate success came in the form of Sidebottom, who had Nick Gubbins caught behind with a beauty three balls into the contest.
Christian Davis was then trapped lbw by a Brooks full ball as the score slipped to 20-2 in the tenth before Plunkett had Dan Young caught at first slip by Ballance with his first ball in the 14th over and Patterson had Peter Ross caught behind by Bairstow at the start of the 15th, signalling lunch.
Patterson took the first of the four wickets to fall in the afternoon when he trapped Andy Laws lbw, leaving the score at 50-5 in the 19th.
Rouse was later bowled by Brooks, Alex MacQueen superbly caught at second slip by Lyth off Plunkett and Charlie MacLeod bowled by Rashid, who mopped up the tail after tea.
He had Zafir Patel caught at short-leg by Dan Hodgson and rapped Ivan Thomas on the pads.
Lees and Lyth both looked in good order at the crease in the final hour and half of play. Lees was, however, afforded a life when he was dropped at square-leg on 22 off Vanderspar’s medium pace in the 14th over of the innings.
They brought up their 50-partnership in the 18th over. Lees looked particularly strong straight down the ground. In the closing stages of the day, Lyth emphatically pulled Rouse for the only six of the day before Lees was undone by Thomas.
“The lads are happy. We had a good workout in the field, and all the seamers got through a good amount of overs. We bowled good areas, held onto our catches and there was a good buzz about us.
“They’re a good, well drilled team, although I think we showed our class at times. When we needed to get wickets, we got them. We started really well by getting them four down quite early. Vanderspar played nicely, but we stuck to our task well. In the end, the guys at the top have batted them out of the game a little bit.
“If you bowl well on those decks early season, you’re going to get wickets. Even Rash getting wickets was good to see. It’s good to see your spinner getting wickets early season. It helps when the wickets are shared around because everyone’s happy. But, as long as we win games when the season starts, it doesn’t really matter who gets the wickets.”
TEA: Leeds-Bradford are 129/8 from 49 overs.
Steve Patterson, Jack Brooks and Liam Plunkett have all taken two wickets apiece for Yorkshire on day one of their three-day match against Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities at Headingley.
The trio each took a wicket in the afternoon session, although visiting captain and half-centurion Will Vanderspar ensured his side were not steamrollered having been 30-4 at lunch.
Vanderspar reached a 78-ball fifty midway through the afternoon, helping the students reach tea at 129-8 from 49 overs. He will resume after tea on 58 not out off 114 balls, including eleven fours.
Andy Laws was the first to go this afternoon when he was trapped lbw by Patterson before Brooks bowled Harry Rouse and Plunkett had Alex MacQueen superbly caught at second slip by Adam Lyth. Adil Rashid took the eighth wicket when he bowled Charlie MacLeod.
LUNCH: Leeds-Bradford are 30/4 after 14 overs.
Yorkshire’s bowlers have made a superb start to the new season with four wickets in an hour’s play against the students of Leeds/Bradford at Headingley today.
Ryan Sidebottom struck with the third ball of the match on the way to excellent figures of 1-6 from five overs.
After a wet outfield delayed the start until 12.15pm, the visitors slipped to 30-4 in the 15th over at lunch. The other wickets fell to Jack Brooks, Liam Plunkett and Steve Patterson.
Sidebottom had Nick Gubbins caught behind by Jonny Bairstow to leave the score at 1-1 after Gary Ballance had won the toss and invited the students to bat first.
Christian Davis was then trapped lbw by a Brooks full ball as the score slipped to 20-2 in the tenth over. Davis, with 13, is currently the only visiting batsman to have reached double figures.
Plunkett then had Young caught at first slip by Ballance with his first ball in the 14th over before Patterson had Peter Ross caught behind by Bairstow at the start of the 15th.
AHEAD OF PLAY UPDATES
Captain Gary Ballance won the toss and elected to field. Play will start in fifteen minutes. Teams confirmed:
Yorkshire:A Lyth, AZ Lees, JA Leaning, GS Ballance*, JM Bairstow†, AU Rashid, DM Hodgson, LE Plunkett, RJ Sidebottom, SA Patterson, JA Brooks
Leeds-Bradford MCCU: NRT Gubbins, C Davis, DR Young, WGR Vanderspar*, AR Laws, CAR Macleod†, A MacQueen, ZR Patel, HP Rouse, IAA Thomas, P Ross
The umpires have inspected the pitch and play will start at 12:15pm. The toss will take place at 11:50am and lunch will be as planned at 1:15pm.
The sun is shining quite warmly through the clouds on occasions but the pitch remains damp. Groundstaff are working hard and with clear results. Delayed start but inspection expected at 11:30am.
Headingley, Tuesday Morning 8.50am
Ground staff have managed to get on the outfield have started the mopping up process. The covers are starting to be removed from the square. Andy Fogarty remains hopeful the game will start on time.
Headingley ground staff have spent the early part of Tuesday morning mopping up the standing water that had gathered on the covers and the outfield.
The Headingley area was deluged with a downpour overnight and the ground staff expect to see a delayed start for today’s season opener against Leeds/Bradford MCCU.
With rain still in the air around the stadium, the ground staff are hoping that the rain will clear from around 9.00am enabling them to start the mopping up process aiming to get the ground ready for an 11am start.
Headingley at 7.30am on Tuesday morning
Speaking to groundsman, Andy Fogarty, he said: “The Headingley area received a lot of rain overnight and into the early part of the morning. We expect it to clear up from around 9.30am, which will then give us chance to start clearing the standing water that has gathered on the covers.
“If I’m being honest, I can’t see us starting on time but we will do what we can. It should brighten up in the afternoon with the potential for some scattered showers later in the day. The players will get out there at some stage.”
Weather forecast for Headingley
A detailed weather forecast for Headingley, can be found here.
The match is due to start at 11am, with free admission to the ground d throughout the three days of play.
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