Yorkshire returned to competitive action at Scarborough with their first game against Scotland A since 2008 but, sadly, rain welcomed the visitors from the North of the Border but eventually relented to allow play to begin at 1.45 pm and continue uninterrupted until gone 8.00 pm.
Scotland A chose to bat on winning the toss and lost a quick wicket when Parker was run out but a stand of 137 between the skipper Preston Mommsen and Hugh Gardiner threatened to take the game away from the home side. But the bowlers came back and took three wickets in four deliveries for no runs to reduce Scotland to 234/8 and the innings soon closed at 239.
Will Rhodes led the way with 4/36 and Ben Coad, Josh Shaw and Matt Fisher shared out the other wickets. Yorkshire had 13 overs to bat but began badly with Tattersall and Callis both dismissed by the time the total had reached 16. But Dan Hodgson and Will Rhodes ensured no further wickets were lost and Yorkshire closed on 46/2
The day dawned sunny and clear with promise of a full day`s play and what a day ! Yorkshire scored another 376 runs for the loss of just six wickets in 88.3 overs with Dan Hodgson notching a superb century (118 from 176 deliveries with 16 boundaries).
He shared a fourth-wicket stand of 159 with Mosun Hussain, who eventually departed for a splendid 91, full of sumptuous drives, all timed to perfection, either through the covers or immaculately straight. Another major contribution was a fifth-wicket stand of 92 between Hussain and Oliver Robinson, who made 85 from 89 deliveries.
The innings then would towards its close but not before Jordan Thompson had shown his burgeoning talent with two cover drives and Matt Fisher and Josh Shaw had shown enough talent with the willow to substantiate a claim that we bat all the way down the order.
Some thirteen overs remained when Yorkshire declared and they had enough time to remove three of Scotland`s second innings wickets, most notably Hugh Gardiner who had made 84 first time around. However, the captain Preston Mommsen remained unbeaten at the close on 31 and we will need to see the back of him quickly if a victory is to be achieved.
Yorkshire were unable to dismiss Scotland A in time and so the mach ended in a draw at 4.50 pm as Scotland declared with a lead of 217 runs and 22 overs remaining.
Yorkshire had made inroads early when Azeem Rafiq took a chance at second slip to dismiss the Scottish Captain Preston Mommsen. Yorkshire`s other pre-lunch success was to the last ball of the session as Rafiq won an LBW decision against night-watchman Alistair Evans who had played the innings of a life-time and his highest score in his career to date with 24 made from 101 deliveries in 127 minutes at the crease.
But this effort was merely a taster for what was to follow in the afternoon session as Richie Berrington (122 from 196 deliveries with 18 fours) and Michael Leask (173* from 137 deliveries with 6 sixes and 28
boundaries ) took the game away from Yorkshire.
They added a mammoth 235 in just 163 minutes for the sixth wicket to secure a draw. Matt Fisher finished with 3/87. Will Rhodes took two wickets to add to his career-best of 4/36 in the first innings and Azeem Rafiq the other one.
In the end, the wicket would have lasted five or six days, never mind three and both sides can look back on individual performances with some satisfaction.
YORKSHIRE v SCOTLAND A 2nd XI FRIENDLY SCARBOROUGH 24 to 26 June 2014 – Days 1 & 2
Scotland A won the toss and decided to bat
Scotland A (1st innings) – M D Parker Run Out (Coad) 0; H J W Gardiner b Shaw 84; P L Mommsen (Capt) c Tattersall b Fisher 64; M M Iqbal b Shaw 5; R D Berrington c Hodgson b Rhodes 18; M A Leask b Coad 54; S M Sharif c Rafiq b Rhodes 2; G Goudie b Rhodes 0; I Wardlaw b Rhodes 2; A C Evans Not Out 2; H Tahir c Fisher b Coad 1
Did Not Bat – S W S Whait (WK)
Extras – 7 (5 lb; 2 nb)
Total (All Out) 239 (71.5 overs)
Fall of Wickets – 1/10 (Parker); 2/ 147 (Mommsen); 3/160 (Iqbal); 4/163 (Gardiner); 5/232 (Berrigton); 6/234 (Sharif); 7/234 (Goudie); 8/234 (Leask); 9/236 (Wardlaw); 10/239 (Tahir).
Bowling – Ashraf 11-3-39-0; Coad 8.5-4-17-2; Fisher 9-2-41-1; Robinson 12-3-49-0; Shaw 13-2-35-2; Rhodes 11-3-36-4; Rafiq 6-0-15-0. J A Tattersall 1-0-2-0.
Yorkshire (1st innings) – E Callis LBW Wardlaw 5; J A Tattersall (Capt) LBW Evans 5; D M Hodgson (WK) c Whait b Wardlaw 118; W M H Rhodes c Parker b Sharif 32; M Hussain Run Out (Gardiner) 91; A M Rafiq c Iqbal b Wardlaw 10; J A Thompson c Gardiner b Sharif 9; J Shaw c Leask b Sharif 20; M D Fisher Not O|ut 13
Did Not Bat – B O Coad; M A Ashraf
Extras – 34 (10 b; 5lb, ;14 nb; 5 penalty runs for ball hitting helmet)
Total (for 9 Wkts dec) 422 (101.3 overs)
Fall of Wickets – 1/14 (Tattersall); 2/16 (Callis); 3/85 (Rhodes); 4/244 (Hodgson); 5/341 (Hussain); 6/355 (Rafiq); 7/380 (Thompson); 8/399 (Robinson); 9/422 (Shaw)
Bowling – Wardlaw 24-1-114-3; Evans 21-5-63-1; Sharif 20.3-2-78-4; Tahir 19-2-59-0; Goudie 8-1-41-0; Iqbal 5-0-26-0; Leask 4-0-21-0;
Scotland A (2nd innings) – M D Parker c Hodgson b Fisher 7; H J W Gardiner C Hussain b Fisher 7; P L Mommsen (Capt) Not Out 31; M M Iqbal c Hodgson b Rhodes 0; A C Evans Not Out 0
Fall of Wickets – 1/8 (Parker); 2/31 (Gardiner); 3/3/39 (Iqbal)
Bowling – Ashraf 4-0-17-0; Fisher 4-1-12-2; Shaw 3-0-19-0; Rhodes 2-2-0-1.
YORKSHIRE v SCOTLAND A 2nd XI FRIENDLY SCARBOROUGH 24 to 26 June 2014 – Day 3
Scotland A won the toss and decided to bat
Overnight – Scotland A 239 & 50/3; Yorkshire 422/9 dec
Scotland A (2nd innings contd) –P L Mommsen c Rafiq b Fisher 38; A C Evans LBW Rafiq 24; R D Berrington c Robinson b Rhodes 122; M A Leask Not Out 173; S M Sharif Not Out 0
Extras – 29 (5b; 13 lb; 1w; 10 nb)
Total (for 6 Wkts) 400 (87 overs)
Fall of Wickets – 4/60 (Mommsen); 5/123 (Evans); 6/358 (Berrngton)
Bowling – Ashraf 15-1-51-0; Fisher 18-3-87-3; Shaw 14-5-53-0; Rhodes 13-4-51-2; Coad 11-1-64-0; Rafq 11-2-50-1; Robinson 5-1-26-0