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2nd XI: Yorkshire v Leicestershire: Day One

— 6 August 2014

Leicestershire won the toss on a sunny morning and, perhaps surprisingly, asked Yorkshire to bat first in this 2nd Championship match, involving the teams currently second and fourth in the Northern section.


Eliot Callis and Dan Hodgson opened but Callis was soon out for nought. Hodgson and Mosun Hussain attempted to build a partnership but Hussain soon went for 13 and Hodgson then followed for 28, caught when one popped and lobbed to mid-on, running round. That was 50/3 and the warning bells were sounding loud and clear.

Ryan Gibson, enjoying a run as Captain in the light of both Rhodes and Tattersall away with England, tried to build himself a sound platform and employed studious defence for over an hour, hitting just one boundary in that time. But he followed for just six soon after and lunch was taken at 79/4.

That had become 97/4 by dint of some splendid shots from Jordan Thompson, who played his best innings to date in the 2nd XI, driving particularly confidently off his legs and through the covers. However, he was dismissed LBW to one that kept low and seemed to fear the worst as he looked up.

Two more wickets then followed in the next six deliveries and Yorkshire were soon 102/7, and the first batting bonus point seemed light years away at 150.

But we had reckoned without Ryan Sidebottom, who made a spirited 34, with seven boundaries and, for the second time in two days, Nathan Firn came to the fore with an unbeaten 35, the highest score of the innings from number 10 on the card.
Yorkshire were finally dismissed for 199 as James Logan, after two boundaries, edged to Ned Eckerlsey in the slips and a second batting point had been missed by just one run.

So Leicestershire began after tea with 38 overs left. Sidebottom struck early to have Patel caught behind but Thornely and Eckersley put on a second wicket stand of 66 and were building the kind of platform Leicestershire would be looking for when Nathan Firn struck by bowling Thornely for 33. Wainman then got rid of Eckersley for 43 in a similar manner just eight runs later and the game was back roughly square.

Ben Raine and Neil Pinner then set about ensuring they would be there on the morrow but in only his second over of the day, and only the third of spin all day, James Logan found the edge of Pinner`s bat and Hodgson snaffled the catch So the visitors ended the day on 131/4 but Taylor and Ali, whose partnership at Barnsley had, to all intents and purposes, won the match for their side, remain to bat tomorrow and Yorkshire have to remove them both early if they want to stay in the game.

Howard Clayton