Gloucestershire won the toss and chose to bat on a strip that had already been used for a T20 match and the one-day game yesterday. And it proved to be not the easiest 22 yards to bat on as 13 wickets fell in the 87 overs that were played between the rain showers.
Roderick and Housego began well enough for the home side with Gareth Roderick particularly fluent but when he was dismissed for 30, bounced out by Oliver Robinson, wickets fell like ninepins and Gloucestershire were soon 69/7, with Rhodes, Robinson and Shaw each taking two wickets and Mathew Fisher the other.
But there is always a partnership and so it occurred in this innings. First Miles and Sharif added 42 for the eighth wicket, followed by Miles and Grieshaber, who took the score on by 29 to 140/9, when Grieshaber became Shaw`s third wicket and an accurate yorker plucked out his middle stump.
But Craig Miles, playing 2nd XI cricket as he recovers from a long-term injury, had not finished and his partner Graeme McCarter scored a useful and increasingly confident 24 as the innings was finally ended by Matt Fisher on 188, with McCarter`s contribution 24.
Miles ended unbeaten on 71, and Oliver Robinson (3/35) and Josh Shaw (3/41) were each left one wicket short of their career- best figures.
It then rained and an early tea was taken. By the time the clouds had passed to turn into a sunny evening, 22 overs remained to be bowled.
And the fall of wickets continued as Hodd, Hussain, opening because of an injury to Jonathan Tattersall`s knee, and Dan Hodgson all succumbed to Graeme McCarter`s increasingly accurate fast-medium bowling.
But, once again, a partnership came to Yorkshire`s rescue as Will Rhodes, captain for this match, and Oliver Robinson kept their wickets intact to the close and they have so far added 27 in their unbroken fourth wicket stand.
Yorkshire`s playing staff for these four days has been gradually reduced as first Moin Ashraf reported in feeling unwell and, so far, has taken no part in either of the two days played, and the above-mentioned knee injury meant that Tattersall could not field so Richard Dawson had to don his whites and show his charges how it was done.
Local knowledge suggests that tomorrow should see the pitch at its best so Yorkshire will hope to establish a healthy first-innings lead. We shall see.
Howard Clayton (Scorer, Yorkshire CCC 2nd XI)