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2nd XI CHAMPIONSHIP: Yorkshire v Worcestershire (Day One)

— 16 July 2014

Yorkshire won the toss on another sunny morning but, this time, asked Worcestershire to have first use of a greenish-looking wicket, highly unusual for this ground, hence the unusual decision to insert.

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    But it proved to be the right one as, from 101/1, when the second wicket fell, Worcestershire were then blown away and the remaining eight wickets aded just 52 runs in 23.2 overs.

    The main destroyer was James Wainman with 3/45. He is bowling as quickly as ever and, as a left-arm over, he offers something different and nippy, a very useful weapon for any captain. Ben Coad (2/25), Matt Fisher (2/26) and Josh Shaw (2/15) chipped in magnificently on a strip that offered them something all innings.

    So Yorkshire were batting by mid afternoon, with 52 overs to bat through. They lost Andrew Hodd, bowled for the second time against the same opponents but this via a lack of judgement, as he shouldered arms to find to his horror that the ball did not bounce as much as he expected and grazed the bails to dislodge them and dismiss him.

    Mosun Hussain, after a circumspect beginning, was beginning to settle in when Ross Whiteley trapped him LBW for 14 and Yorkshire were 48/2. That wicket fell just before tea. After tea, with Dan Hodgson having joined Jack Leaning, a similar circumspect approach was adopted as Hodgson got off the mark on his fifth delivery but was happy to defend the next 30 before he added to his score.

    Jack Leaning ,on his home ground, has looked a different player since his exposure to 1st XI cricket in the County Championship. He now has more confidence and hits the ball better. His innings back in the 2nd XI have, so far, been rapidly built with singes off virtually every ball.

    But today was different.

    The session after tea was blessed with excellent weather and the wicket did not seem to be playing so many tricks so Leaning built his innings with boundaries, eight of them, before he could trust the wicket enough to start placing the ball for ones.

    When play ended at 6.51 pm, Leaning and Hodgson were still together, having so far added 87 runs in 123 minutes.

    Yorkshire closed on 135/2, just 18 behind, with two days left and a promising weather forecast for those two days. A good day all round.
    Howard Clayton