By John Virr – 2nd XI Scorer
Yorkshire led by 215 going into day 3 looking to build a sizeable advantage. Harry Duke advanced to 49 but was lbw to left arm spinner Syed and Will Bennison joined Alex Cree. The latter was caught at mid wicket for 16 and Bennison was lbw for the same score – Yorkshire 251-7 leading by 260. Jafer Chohan was caught close to the wicket for 3 and Dominic Leech lbw for 7. It was thanks to a last wicket partnership of 35 by Ben Cliff and Jack Shutt that the lead was taken over 300, 295 all out, a lead of 304 leaving the home side a target of 305.
Six overs were possible prior to lunch and they reached 19 without loss, however Leech struck in the 2nd over after the resumption having Boorman caught at 1st slip by Will Fraine.
Shafi and Middleton took the score to 59 before the latter was lbw to Ben Mike for 29 having survived 2 earlier dropped catches. Ben Parker picked up the wicket of Taylor but it was the spinners who did the trick – Jafer Chohan 2-32 and Jack Shutt 5-41 who bowled Yorkshire to a victory by 156 runs with a day to spare.
Yorkshire 19 points Gloucestershire 3 points
Thanks to all at Rockhampton for their hospitality.
Yorkshire added only 4 to their overnight 160 before Ben Cliff was bowled.
Middleton and Boorman opened Gloucestershires reply however Cliff struck in the 5th over having Boorman caught at short mid wicket by Yash Vagadia for 7. Wells joined Middleton and they took their total to 60 when the latter was bowled by Ben Parker. Ben Mike had Wells caught behind for 28 and the last ball before lunch saw Parker pick up his 2nd wicket by bowling Syed for 13 – lunch 85-4.
After lunch the score had advanced to 92 when Parker struck 3 times in an over to give him his first “5 for” – he had Taylor caught behind, Shafi caught by Ben Mike and Tom Smith lbw.
There followed a partnership of 35 between Muchall and Dunne but Dominic Leech took the final 3 wickets in a 3 over spell and the home side were 155 all out, trailing by 9.
Will Fraine and Ben Mike opened our 2nd innings looking to extend the slender lead and in the 12 overs up to the tea interval were 61 unbeaten. Fraine was the first to depart being caught at mid wicket for 40 from 60 deliveries with 6 fours. Mike reached his half century from 58 balls with 8 fours and a six and he had extended this to 69 from 76 when he was caught at extra cover.
Will Luxton started carefully but then used his feet well to make 31 from 48 balls with a four and 3 maximums before he was bowled. Vagadia was also bowled for 8 to give Syed his 3rd wicket however Alex Cree and Harry Duke were there when bad light brought an early finish to the day with Yorkshire at 206-4, leading by 215 going into day 3.
The start to day 1 was delayed by yet more rain adding to the 895 overs already lost to rain this season. Lunch was taken and during this interval Yorkshire won the toss and decided to bat first – the day was reduced to 72 overs.
Will Fraine and Ben Mike opened the innings and it was Fraine who departed first being caught behind for 13. Will Luxton made 1 from 3 balls before he became the first of 2 run outs slipping at the bowlers end.
Skipper, Harry Duke partnered Mike but the latter was bowled for 13, Yorkshire 32-3 in the 11th over. Vagadia joined Duke and they were together until shortly before lunch when Vagadia was caught at slip for 43 from 69 balls with 4 fours – he had added 69 with Duke. At tea Yorkshire 105-4, Duke unbeaten on 31 from 86 balls.
The 2nd over after lunch saw Alex Cree caught behind for 1 and Will Bennison was caught at 3rd slip also for 1 – 112-6. This became 118-8 when Dominic Leech was run out and Jafer Chohan caught at 2nd slip.
Duke and Jack Shutt added 37 in 128 balls before Shutt was lbw for 16 from 71 balls. Duke reached a half century from 144 balls, and a first for me a fifty without a boundary. Ben Cliff remained with his captain until close, Duke 60 not out and Yorkshire 160-9.