So it came to be that the 2nd XI, prior to two days in sunny Lincolnshire, negotiated the car-park that passed for the A64 and took part in a festival-like atmosphere that had, as its centre piece, a T20 match.
Yorkshire won the toss and elected to bat and bat they did, running up a very competitive 194/5, topped by 75 from Eliot Callis (44 deliveries with 9 fours and one six) and tailed by James Wainman, fresh from his (very brief) TV appearance in the recent Royal London up game, at Old Trafford, who smote seven maximums on a huge ground in his 61*, made from just 25 deliveries.
No tea interval took place and the Malton reply duly began.
They made a decent enough start, running up 42/0 in their powerplay. But once James brown enticed a miscue from Neil Johnson, who made 24, wickets fell regularly.
Several Academy players were playing today and many impressed. Slow left-armer James Logan had 2/13 from his four overs, with 16 dot balls and Matthew Waite 2/22 from his allocation. Logan showed enough and is already well thought of and it would seem that Yorkshire`s love affair with such slow bowlers, having already lasted over 150 years, is in promising hands.
So now it is down to Sleaford and a 2-day game against the England Development Programme U19 XI, who will contain about half the normal Yorkshire 2nd XI and will transform miraculously into the England U19 XI once the Internationals against South Africa begin in August.
It just goes to show that Yorkshire`s strength in depth is no illusion.
Howard Clayton (Scorer, Yorkshire CCC 2nd XI)
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