George Hill’s well paced 81 was the feature of Yorkshire’s 330-9 on the second and final day of their friendly against Warwickshire in Abu Dhabi today.

Hill’s middle order effort, with 11 fours and a six, underpinned the county’s sturdy response to Warwickshire’s first day 310 all out – both counties batting for a day apiece.

Wicketkeeper-batters Harry Duke and Jonny Tattersall contributed 45 off 83 balls and 40 off 74 respectively, while Jordan Thompson added 38 to his four wickets on day one. 

Seamer Matt Milnes also matched Thompson’s score.

Yorkshire’s squad fly home this evening from a tour which has seen them mix training with five days of match action. 

They won one game and lost two in the weekend Abu Dhabi Counties Super Cup T20 competition, beating and losing to Somerset and also losing to Warwickshire or, as they are known in T20 cricket, the Birmingham Bears.

Coach Ottis Gibson will no doubt be pleased with his side’s effort in this red ball fixture, Yorkshire laying claim to just about the better of proceedings against Division One opponents.

Both sides mixed and matched their resources. While Yorkshire used 11 bowlers on day one, the Bears used nine today. Three of those took two wickets apiece, Ollie Hannon-Dalby and the spin of Rob Yates and Danny Briggs.

Every Yorkshire batter down to Matthew Fisher at 10 reached double figures, including 23 for James Wharton from number three. 

Yorkshire’s three top scorers – Hill, Tattersall and Duke – batted at four, five and six.

The Headingley side reached lunch at 109-2 and tea at 225-5.

Yorkshire will continue preparations for the new season with a three-day fixture against Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities at Headingley, starting on Tuesday. That game is open to the public.

They then face Durham in a two-day behind closed doors game at Headingley on Easter Sunday and Monday.

Abu Dhabi scorecard

Day Two scorecard courtesy of Warwickshire CCC.


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