After the T20 matches and an almost total wash-out at Scarborough last week, Yorkshire got back to playing a full day at Stamford Bridge today.
Our opponents, Warwickshire, won the toss and duly inserted the White Rose side in damp conditions. They then proceeded to bowl all over the place and, by lunch, off 34 overs, Yorkshire had stormed along to 182/2.
Jonathan Tattersall (32) and Eliot Callis (33) and at his most forceful, added 69 and another 46 followed when Hodd replaced Callis.
Hodd and Rhodes were together at lunch and the batting efforts had included 26 boundaries and 15 no-balls.
But the pace could not be maintained after lunch and both Hodd and Rhodes departed quickly. Robinson (17), Rafiq (0) and Pyrah (1) all soon followed and, at 228/7 full bonus points looked to be a long way off.
Dan Hodgson was still there and gradually returned to something like his normal form as he and Ryan Gibson added 51 for the eighth wicket. The 300 was finally achieved thanks to the efforts of Josh Shaw and Ben Coad.
James Wainman is the non-batting 12th man in this game and it is good to see him back in action. Jonathan Moxon, another long-term injury worry, was also here today for a run-out.
Warwickshire began their first innings with 24 overs to face and ended the day on 81/1 with the dangerous Laurie Evans on 50 and one Jonathan Trott on 12. This is Trott`s first game of any sort back since his early return from Australia. He has already contributed to the game as a bowler (3/39 in 14 overs) and it is to be hoped that we see the back of both these players sooner rather than later tomorrow.
No play was possible today at Stamford Bridge so tomorrow`s final day is likely to become a battle for bonus points.
For the second game in a row after Scarborough last week, two full days were lost to the weather. So each team takes nine points and we move on to Lancashire next week with Monday`s one-day game at Todmorden, followed by three days at Crosby.