Yorkshire 2nd XI v Durham: (Day 1)— 24 July 2014
Durham won the toss this morning and chose to bat on what looked to be a good wicket, if still a bit slow after a lot of recent rain. The day finished roughly level but Josh Shaw, with 5/43, will remember the day as he attained his best-ever figures in 2nd XI Cricket and his maiden five-wicket haul for the County.
Durham made a slow but steady start and had reached 50/1 off 20 overs, the only wicket falling to Shaw, who in fact removed the first four batsmen before Matt Fisher interrupted his flow. A few overs after lunch and Yorkshire had hopes of removing their opponents cheaply as Durham stood precariously at 131/6.
But Ryan Buckley, who missed the previous day`s run-fest at Marske, had other ideas and he and Josh Bousfield added 37 for the seventh wicket and, once Bousfield had been removed by Shaw to complete his five-for, Milnes arrived to add another 40 runs for the eighth wicket.
Ben Coad, after a nasty fall onto gravel after chasing a ball to the boundary, took the final wicket, with his cut hand (not his bowling hand luckily) swathed in bandages, to reward his tireless efforts. Karl Carver finished with 2/44 from 18 overs and looked to be none the worse for the hammering he (and every other bowler in the game) had had 24 hours earlier.
Yorkshire had 24 overs to bat in the final session and began in the most unpropitious manner as Mosun Hussain shouldered to the 0th delivery of the innings and was promptly bowled. Andrew Hodd played on for 17 a few overs later to leave the home side on 29/2.
But Dan Hodgson (23*) and Jonathan Tattersall (15*) steadied the ship and ensured that Yorkshire (67/2 at the close) reached stumps with no further loss.
Local knowledge suggests that the wicket should have dried during a cloudless, hot day and should be better on day 2. Certainly the outfield speeded up over the course of the day so we will see if the local seaweed proves accurate in its forecasts.