England star Jonny Bairstow returned to action with the Yorkshire Academy in a rain-affected match at Sedbergh School. The wicketkeeper batsman had an opportunity with the bat bludgeoning 52 in 64 minutes including nine boundaries.
Academy captain Jordan Thompson won the toss and elected to bat. Toby Booth making his debut opened the innings with Biarstow and in 11 overs the pair put on 54 runs.
Bairstow’s powerful driving off his front foot often penetrating the Sedbergh field. Booth’s 14 runs came mainly off his back foot square of the wicket. Hoggard had early success when Booth shuffled across the wicket and was LBW. with the score on 54.
Twenty five runs later Bairstow fell when Sedbergh captain Gomersall took a fine catch at mid-wicket. Bairstow’s powerful knock scoring 52 out of the 79 runs seemed not to be limited by his recent hand injury and the match was an ideal re-introduction for the England player.
Ryan Gibson was joined by skipper Jordan Thompson and initially the scoring rate was decreased. Spinners Croft and Phillips slowing the scoring rate. When Croft had bowled his allotted overs spin was replaced by pace and Gibson gave a powerful display – he was particularly severe on any short bowling . He and his skipper had made a hundred partnership in 57 minutes. But the clouds moved closer and with eight overs left a deluge fell and whilst Gibson had reached his century by then having faced 74 balls in an innings which contained eleven fours and five sixes . Jordan Thompson’s fine supportive innings of 36 was made in 54 balls, and it was felt the weather prevented him from reaching his fifty too.
Covers were quickly organised but it soon became evident that no further play would be possible and that Johnny Bairstow would be unable to test his hand injury further by keeping when Sedbergh would bat.
Bairstow will continue his rehabilitation and has been included in Yorkshire’s second team squad for their T20 fixture at Headingley on Friday (11.00am start) and will also play for the Academy against Sheffield Collegiate on Saturday in the Yorkshire League encounter at Abbeydale Park, Sheffield.