Scorecard

Matthew Fisher’s reaction to day one of the season.

“We’re buzzing. At lunch and tea, two down and four down, I think we thought we might be out there all day. But we got off and the lads have started really well with the bat.

“I think we bowled well without bowling our best, which is a positive.”

6.35pm – Close Yorkshire end the day on top at 37-0 from 15 overs, replying to Gloucester’s 227 all out. Fisher and Harris outstanding for both sides with 4-17 and 136 respectively. Rauf claimed three wickets on debut, while Lyth and Hill are unbeaten on 24 and 3.

6.20pm It has been a solid start to Yorkshire’s first innings, with them reaching 27-0 in the 12th over. Lyth 24 and Hill 3.

Lyth pulled a six over mid-wicket in the second over.

5.28pm WICKET Fisher gets Dale caught at gully by Malan. 227 all out. Fisher finishes with 4-19. Superb stuff from the England man. 15 overs remaining in the day.

5.22pm WICKET Harris’s fabulous 136 is ended by Patterson, who gets him caught behind off a top-edged pull. Duke takes a skier. 226-9.

4.48pm WICKET Rauf has put Gloucestershire in all sorts of bother with three quick ones after tea. Matt Taylor edges to third slip – Hill. 183-8.

4.42pm WICKET Zafar Gohar stumped having a big heave at Bess. What a start to the evening session this is. 178-7.

4.33pm WICKETS What an over from Haris Rauf, who has switched ends to the Ashley Down Road End immediately after tea.

The 66th over started with Ryan Higgins dropped twice in two balls by wicketkeeper Harry Duke, with the first parried to Harry Brook at first slip and he couldn’t hold on either.

But Rauf was not to be deterred. He had Higgins caught at mid-wicket on the pull three balls after the second drop before trapping Tom Lace lbw first ball with a searing yorker. 167-6.

Now Harris reaches his century off 200 balls with 17×4s. Well played. 178-6.

Tea Report. Yorkshire have struck twice more during the afternoon session on day one against Gloucestershire, but they are being held up by impressive Australian opener Marcus Harris.

Steve Patterson struck first before Matthew Fisher claimed his third scalp of the day, with the hosts advancing to 155-4 from 64 overs at tea on day one of this LV= Insurance County Championship fixture.

West Australian left-hander Harris has batted through the day on his Gloucester debut and remains unbeaten on 88, with him chasing a second career hundred against Yorkshire after scoring one for Leicestershire in the Royal London Cup last summer.

Yorkshire’s interim managing director of cricket Darren Gough is here at Bristol for the early stages of the game and spoke to BBC Radio at lunch, saying he felt the bowling in the early stages of the game had been a touch wide.

Having won the toss, the visitors would have been hoping for more wickets, but they have held the run-rate impressively to ensure the day remains there for the taking.

Patterson had his opposing captain Graeme van Buuren caught at second slip by Adam Lyth as the lunch-time score of 50-2 inside 29 overs became 99-3 after 42.

Fisher later had Miles Hammond well caught by Haris Rauf running around towards deep backward square-leg following a top-edged pull – 152-4 after 59.

Ryan Higgins is also unbeaten on two.

4.02pm Gloucestershire have reached 155-4 from 64 overs. Harris has 88 and Higgins 2. Patterson and Fisher the afternoon wicket-takers.

3.42pm WICKET Fisher again! He has three-for now. Hammond top edges a pull into the deep and Rauf takes a smart catch running towards deep backward square-leg. The left-hander falls for 20. Gloucester are 152-3 in the 59th. Harris still there on 87.

3.14pm Darren Gough spoke with BBC’s Kevin Howells at lunch-time about a number of things. He is down here for the first couple of days, and has assessed the morning session.

“I thought we bowled a little bit wide, but I thought Haris Rauf bowled with good pace. We came back right at the end of the first session, the length, the line, making them play and you’d take 50-2.”

3.07pm Hammond has just hoisted Bess over long-on for six to move to 13. Gloucestershire 133-3, including Harris with an unbeaten 75.

2.53pm Just down the M5 from here at Taunton, Somerset have been bowled out for 109 by Essex. Three wickets apiece for Sam Cook, Mark Steketee and Simon Harmer.

2.34pm WICKET van Buuren (21) falls to a loose drive at Patterson and Lyth takes the catch at second slip. Gloucester are 99-3 after 42.

2.08pm Half-century for Marcus Harris, off 110 balls with 8×4s. Gloucestershire are 86-2 in the 36th over. Thompson and Rauf currently searching for the third wicket.

1.53pm Gloucestershire have advanced to 66-2 in the 33rd over. Fisher to van Buuren as I type. He has four and Harris 42.

Lunch Report Matthew Fisher claimed Yorkshire’s first two wickets of 2022 during a hard-fought opening morning of the LV= Insurance County Championship season, against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

After Steve Patterson elected to bowl upon winning the toss, Gloucester had advanced cautiously to 50-0 in the 25th over before England Test bowler Fisher had Ben Charlesworth caught behind pushing forwards for 15.

He then had James Bracey (5) caught at second slip by Adam Lyth shortly afterwards, leaving the score at 58-2 in the 29th over at lunch.

Yorkshire are handing a first-class debut to batter James Wharton and a county debut to Pakistan overseas quick Haris Rauf, with Ben Coad and Will Fraine missing out from the 13-man squad.

The visitors only conceded 13 runs from the opening 12 overs before Australian opener Marcus Harris took Rauf for three consecutive boundaries at the start of the 15th.

Unfortunately, the middle one was parried down to the third-man fence by wicketkeeper Harry Duke as Harris survived a scare on 18. The left-hander has an unbeaten 38 at lunch.

Duke later held onto a simpler chance to give Yorkshire a boost inside the final 20 minutes of the morning.

The most noticeable thing about the pitch in the early stages of this fixture is the good pace and carry on offer.

1.01pm WICKET Fisher again. James Bracey edges to Adam Lyth at second slip, falling for five. 58-2 in the 29th. Lunch is taken.

12.44pm WICKET Fisher strikes. Yorkshire have their breakthrough as Ben Charlesworth edges behind, pushing forwards, to Harry Duke, falling for 15. Gloucestershire are 50-1 in the 25th.

12.01pm Chance goes begging. Tough one to Harry Duke behind the stumps as Harris flashes at a drive against Rauf and diving away to his left, went with two hands – head high, parries it for four. Balls either side also went for four. Harris was on 18, 25-0. 33-0 in the 15th now.

11.51am Doesn’t seem to be extravagant movement on offer for Yorkshire’s seamers, but good pace and carry in the pitch. Harris, who cut Rauf for four in his first over, has now guided him wide of slips for another boundary. Gloucestershire 17-0 in the 13th.

11.43am Haris Rauf comes into the Yorkshire attack, replacing Matthew Fisher. Gloucestershire have been becalmed by some tight bowling and have reached only 9-0 after 10 overs.

11.20am Tidy start from Yorkshire, who have conceded only one run in five overs.

11.01am Matthew Fisher has the new ball for Yorkshire, bowling to Gloucestershire’s Ben Charlesworth. Australian Marcus Harris is his opening partner.

10.55am Here’s a link to Gloucestershire’s live stream…..

10.45am Here’s the Gloucestershire team: Harris, Charlesworth, Bracey w, van Buuren c, Hammond, Higgins, Lace, Gohar, M Taylor, Shaw, Dale.

10.37am A first-class debut for James Wharton……

Yorkshire: Lyth, Hill, Wharton, Malan, Brook, Bess, Duke w, Thompson, Fisher, Patterson c, Rauf.

10.35am Yorkshire have won the toss and will bowl first. Team news to follow.

10.24am Prior to the toss, which comes in five mins or so, let’s have a look at the other fixtures around the country.

Division One

Kent v Lancashire, Canterbury
Somerset v Essex, Taunton
Surrey v Hampshire, Oval

Division Two

Derbyshire v Sussex, Derby
Durham v Leicestershire, Riverside
Nottinghamshire v Glamorgan, Trent Bridge

Good morning from the Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol.

It is an overcast morning at Nevil Road, where Yorkshire begin their LV= Insurance County Championship campaign against Division One newcomers Gloucestershire.

Seems strange to say that, doesn’t it, given they were promoted in 2019. But, after all the complications around Covid, they are only getting a crack at Division One now.

The players are out there warming up and assessing a green-tinged pitch.

Haris Rauf was first out there alongside Ottis Gibson ahead of his potential debut for the county.

We won’t be seeing a clash between the two Pakistan overseas pacers, as Gloucester’s Naseem Shah has been ruled out with a shoulder injury. Instead, they will field Pakistan spinner Zafar Gohar and Australian opener Marcus Harris.

The last time Yorkshire faced Gloucestershire was back in 2012 when Yorkshire completed the double on the way to promotion, the first of which came chasing 400 here in a rain-affected, contrived game. Phil Jaques and Gary Ballance scored final day centuries.

There will be a live stream available today when we get going at 11am. Enjoy the day.

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