Yorkshire produced easily their best performance of the season at Pudsey Congs today as they trounced Warwickshire by the huge margin of 136 runs with 14.1 overs to spare.
Jonathan Tattersall began badly by losing the toss and being asked to bat first but he need not have worried as the runs flowed. A circumspect start by Andrew Hodd and Will Rhodes was punctuated by frequent blows both to and over the boundary before Rhodes edged one behind. This brought Dan Hodgson in and the partnership between the two wicket-keepers really set the innings alight. They ran ones and twos on a regular basis and added 64 in under an hour.
Hodgson went and in came Jonathan Tattersall and a stand of 105 in just over the hour ensued. Andrew Hodd was really motoring by this time but when he was finally dismissed for 112 (115 deliveries with five 4s and four 6s) his team stood at 195/3 with almost 14 overs left and not one delivery in that period was wasted.
Oliver Robinson made 34 off 26 deliveries and Ryan Gibson 22 at two runs per ball to ensure that the momentum was never lost. Gibson`s final ball maximum achieved the magic 300.
As Coach Richard Dawson commented at lunch – “the job is only half done” And the bowlers and fielders did not let their batsmen down, apart from two noteworthy blemishes.
Wickets were shared around but Will Rhodes would have reason to feel slightly peeved as, in the space of three deliveries, he saw Jonathan Trott and Paul Best both dropped. As it happened it was not ultimately costly on this occasion and Mosun Hussain with a superb catch held millimetres from the ground as he dived forward, and five victims for Dan Hodgson behind the stumps were especially noteworthy contributions.
It was good to see Matthew Fisher back after many weeks of exams and injury and he struck in the first over by having Jonathan Webb caught behind. He eventually took two wickets, as did Karl Carver. Ben Coad, Oliver Robinson and Will Rhodes each had one but the cherry on the icing on the cake came in the large shape of James Wainman with the remarkable analysis on 1.5-1-2-3, his best figures in the Trophy.
Records galore were set today as follows.
1) Yorkshire`s first win over Warwickshire in the Trophy in Yorkshire
2) Andrew Hodd`s score of 112 was the highest individual mark by a Yorkshire player against Warwickshire in the trophy and our first-ever century against those opponents.
3) The final score of 302/5 was by some margin Yorkshire`s highest against Warwickshire in the Trophy.
4) The partnerships for the third and fifth wicket were also new Yorkshire Trophy records against Warwickshire.