This is a two-day warm-up for the England U19s before their series against their South African counterparts, beginning on Friday at Fenners. The South African U19s are playing a similar match at Northampton concurrently.
As play began under blue skies (becoming repetitive this season, isn`t it !), the wicket looked white and hard and full of runs and so it proved as the full day`s play of 104 overs produced 460 runs for the loss of just four wickets. Each first innings was limited to 60 overs.
England U19 duly won the toss and had first use of the strip and all batsman scored runs as Yorkshire`s Jonathan Tattersall and Surrey`s Dom Sibley added 62 untroubled runs before Sibley mistimed a hook to lob the ball to Andrew Hodd at short mid-on. Moin Ashraf was the successful bowler.
But while only two more wickets fell to the Yorkshire bowlers, and while they had reduced their opponents to 119/3, after Firn and Coad stuck, the younger players found at first hand what cricket can be like if you lose the toss and have to bowl under a hot sun on an absolutely unhelpful track and the batsman are all dipping their bread and how!
Because that was the end of the success as Will Rhodes, who needs no introduction, and Hampshire`s Tom Alsop added 153 untroubled runs for the fourth wicket without being separated.
Will Rhodes finished on 116 not out, a superb hundred from a proud young cricketer who carries the tiles of Captai n of Yorkshire & England lightly after some very famous earlier incumbents.
So Yorkshire began their first innings with 44 overs to bat to complete the day with no overs deducted between innings by mutual consent.
And it was more of the same as Andrew Hodd and Eliot Callis, fresh from 75 the previous day in North Yorkshire, added 115 before Brad Taylor (Hampshire) got one through Hodd`s defense to remove him for 56. But that was that for the bowlers as the U19 attack toiled as much a Yorkshire`s had done previously.
Eliot Callis, now happily back in form after a disastrous run, ended the day unbeaten on 92 and Dan Hodgson was on 33 and they have so far added 73 with 16 overs left to bat tomorrow and a deficit of 84 runs..
Dan again produced what is fast becoming his trade-mark reverse sweep and scored another boundary with it, this time without the sound of breaking glass which had accompanied the stroke at Marske CC a few days earlier.
Howard Clayton (Scorer, Yorkshire CCC 2nd XI)