6.13pm – Close. Worcestershire 280-5 from 80 overs, doing well to recover from 67-4 after two wickets apiece for Coad and Hill. D’Oliveira finishes the day 90 not out.

6pm – Worcestershire are 275-5 in the 76th of 80 overs today. D’Oliveira 89 and Allison 27. These two have shared 53.

5.48pm – We have eight overs remaining in the day and Worcestershire are 260-5. D’Oliveira 81 and Allison 22.

5.16pm – WICKET! Kashif caught and bowled by Bess going to his left. He falls for 93, and it’s 222-5 in the 64th. That breaks a 155 partnership with D’Oliveira (65).

5.14pm – Worcestershire have moved to 222-4 after 63 overs. We have 17 more to come tonight. Kashif 93 and D’Oliveira 65.

5pm – We’ve still got 21 overs remaining in the day, and the sun is shining. Worcestershire 207-4 after 59 overs. Kashif 80 and D’Oliveira 63. They have shared 140 and counting.

4.44pm – Worcestershire have reached 200-4 after 54 overs. Kashif 75 and D’Oliveira 63.

4.14pm – Dom Bess is into the attack for Yorkshire, with Worcestershire 172-4 after 45 overs.

4.06pmD’Oliveira has reached his fifty off 78 balls with 11x4s. Worcestershire are 168-4 after 43 overs, him sharing 101 with Kashif Ali 56.

3.44pm – Kashif Ali has just reached a 62-ball fifty. Worcestershire are 146-4 in the 39th over.

3.29pm – The ODI between England and Ireland has been abandoned at Bristol due to a spell of heavy rain. England were 280-4 in 31 overs. Ben Duckett was 107 not out. We’re just about to resume here after tea, with 44 overs remaining.

3.25pm – Ben Coad en-route to his afternoon two-for. Picture SWPix.

Ben Coad

3.14pm – Tea Report Yorkshire struck four times with the ball during a hard-fought opening session against Worcestershire at Headingley.

The season-ending LV= Insurance County Championship fixture was delayed by rain until 12.40pm, with 80 overs scheduled to be bowled today.

Shan Masood won the toss and elected to bowl, and his bowlers made the most of that by reducing the promotion-chasing Pears to 67-4 inside 20 overs in helpful conditions.

Worcestershire have since recovered to 130-4 from 36 overs and will be promoted if they reach 300 inside 110 overs, gaining two bonus points. 

Ben Coad and George Hill struck twice apiece, while Matt Milnes deserved more reward for a probing six-over burst with the new ball on his return from a back stress fracture – his first appearance since the opening match of 2023.

Coad removed Gareth Roderick and Azhar Ali courtesy of catches low down at third and second slip by Fin Bean and Adam Lyth, leaving the score at 22-2 in the ninth over.

Further success came quickly through Hill, who trapped opener Jake Libby lbw stuck on the crease for 32 and then had Jack Haynes by Bean going away to his right at third slip.

Fifth-wicket pair Kashif Ali and captain Brett D’Oliveira have since almost doubled Worcestershire’s score with an unbroken 63 stand. Kashif will begin the evening on 43 and D’Oliveira 31. 

3.04pm – We’re inside the final 10 minutes of the afternoon session, and Worcestershire have recovered to 125-4 in the 34th over. Kashif Ali has 39 and Brett D’Oliveira 31. They have shared 58 unbroken. The sun has disappeared.

2.34pm – Worcestershire are in the early stages of a recovery. They’ve moved to 102-4, with Ali 32 and D’Oliveira 15. Yorkshire have returned to opening pair Coad and Milnes to try and break the stand, with both bowling from different ends. Milnes started at the Howard Stand End is now coming in from Kirkstall Lane. Coad vice versa.

2.23pm – Milnes is back in place of Thompson, with Worcestershire having moved to 91-4 after 24 overs. Kashif Ali has 27 of them.

2.16pm – Worcestershire have moved to 86-4 in the 23rd over. Kashif Ali 26 and Brett D’Oliveira 5.

2.01pm – WICKET! Haynes caught at third slip by Bean off Hill, 14. Worcestershire are 67-4 in the 20th over. Excellent start.

1.49pm – Jordan Thompson into the attack in place of Coad – excellent for 2-23 from eight overs. Worcestershire are 54-3 in the 17th.

1.43pm – WICKET! Libby trapped lbw by Hill, 32. Worcestershire 50-3 in the 16th over.

1.33pm – Milnes is replaced by George Hill with figures of 0-15 from an encouraging six-over spell. Worcestershire 34-2 after 13 overs. Milnes could have easily had a wicket or two in that spell. 

1.14pm – WICKET! Ali caught at second slip by Lyth off Coad, 4. Worcestershire 22-2 in the ninth over. Reward for an impressive start.

1.03pm – WICKET! Roderick caught low down at third slip by Bean off Coad, 5. Worcestershire are 14-1 in the sixth over. Azhar Ali in now.

12.57pm – Decent start for Yorkshire, though no reward as yet. Plenty of plays and misses so far. Worcestershire 13-0 after five overs.

12.43pm – Worcestershire are 2-0 after one over. Matt Milnes sharing the new ball against Jake Libby.

12.37pm – Ben Coad with the new ball for Yorkshire. Gareth Roderick on strike alongside Jake Libby.

12.36pm – Play is about to get underway here at Headingley. They’re playing at Bristol in the finalODI of the summer. England are 23-0 in the second over against Ireland.

11.59am – Yorkshire have won the toss and will bowl first.

Yorkshire’s team: Lyth, Bean, Masood c, Wharton, Hill, Tattersall w, Revis, Bess, Thompson, Milnes, Coad.

11.26am – We have 80 overs to bowl in the day. Tea will be taken at 3.10pm.

11.19am – The sun is shining now at Headingley.

11.08am – There will be an early lunch here at Headingley at 12pm, with a planned start at 12.40pm.

10.40am – This is one of five games across the country which has had its start delayed. Four games are in play, including the one which matters to Worcestershire – Durham versus Leicestershire. Durham are batting first and are 9-0 after two overs.

Yorkshire are bidding to avoid finishing bottom. Derbyshire and Gloucestershire are both within striking distance. Gloucestershire are at Sussex, where play is underway. Derbyshire are hosting Glamorgan. Play has started there too.

10.12am – There will be an inspection at 11am here at Headingley. It has stopped raining, and some of the covers have been taken off.

9.25am – Good morning from Headingley, where it’s a wet scene unfortunately. The players have been out there warming up, but the rain has arrived to curtail such activities. It’s also very dark. Even if it was dry, you’d struggle to see how we would start in the light.

Yorkshire need a win to have the chance of avoiding finishing bottom of the table. Worcestershire need a maximum of two points to claim promotion. They could be promoted today without taking the field in theory if Leicestershire don’t keep up with the bonus points in their clash with champions Durham at the Riverside.

We are expecting to see Matt Milnes back in action this week after a stress fracture of the back. He has played a trio of second-team matches in preparation for his first-team return.

In the time it’s taken to write this short scene-setter, the full covers have been put in place by the ground-staff. Let’s hope they take them off at some point today.

If you want to read our preview for this match, with Ottis Gibson talking about Milnes’s recovery, you can do so via the link below.


There will be a live stream available once we get going, available via the Match Centre tab at the top of the page. Enjoy the day.

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