Matt Fisher led the way at York today with 5/31 as Worcestershire were bowled out for 135 second time around to lose by an innings and 10 runs. This was Matthew`s first five-wicket haul in Championship cricket. James Wainman gave solid support, with 3/35, his second three-wicket return of the game.
The day began under bright sunshine after yesterday`s downpour cut 34 overs off the day`s allocation. Pardoe and Rhodes resumed on 37/0 and looked to be having few difficulties until Josh Shaw found Pardoe`s edge and Andrew
Hodd did the needful behind the stumps.
Hodd had a hand in the next two dismissals as well as he helped get rid of Rhodes off Wainman and Barnard off Fisher. Ross Whitely and Joe Clarke were also victims of Matt Fisher
and the possibility of victory before lunch was taking shape.
But there is always a partnership somewhere and this time, it was Brett D`Oliveira and Gareth Andrew who got their heads down.
But to the ball before lunch, Will Rhodes moved Dan Hodgson to short midwicket and Ryan Gibson, on for his only over of the innings, bowled on left-handed Andrew`s pads. Andrew obliged by driving into Dan Hodgson`s midriff and he hung on.
Wonderful when a plan comes together, isn`t it !
So lunch was taken at 121/6 and, after just 7.4 more overs, it was all over and the 2nd XI had secured their first Championship win of the season.
Yorkshire had begun on Tuesday morning by inserting the opposition, an unusual ploy at York CC but the final result and the fact that 14 wickets fell to catches behind the wicket (slips and to the Keeper) amply justified Will Rhodes` gamble.
This win secures 23 points and moves the team into third place in the Northern section, above Nottinghamshire by virtue of having won more games.