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2nd XI: Yorkshire v Leicestershire - Day 2

— 7 August 2014

Only 11.3 overs were possible at York today before the promised rain arrived and caused the loss of 26 overs from the day`s allocation.


Play began on time and Yorkshire used the time very profitably to take four wickets to reduce Leicestershire to 163/8 in 49.2 overs, from their overnight 131/4.

James Wainman had a hand in all four wickets to fall. In the case of Ben Raine that was literally as Taylor`s drive hit Wainman`s hand in his follow-through and then the stumps to find Raine very unluckily out of his ground and so run out.

Wainman then had Rob Taylor brilliantly caught low down by Mosun Hussain from a pull that stuck in the diving Hussain`s outstretched hand. Wainman then followed this up with a double-wicket maiden but then the rain started.

One worrying note came when Ben Coad was unable to complete his eighth over and limped off with a damaged hamstring. He was later seen hobbling round the boundary on crutches so he looks unlikely to play again in the near future.

The last two wickets, however, proved obdurate and added 38 runs to give Leicestershire a miniscule lead of two runs. James Wainman led the way with 5/58, his first-ever 5-wicket haul for the 2nd XI in his best run of form in his career to date. Ryan Sidebottom finished with 2/25 and Firn and Logan had a wicket each.

So Yorkshire`s 2nd innings task was to erase the deficit and then give their bowlers something over 200 to bowl at. However, it did not work out that way as the 22 yards of earth upon which this match is being played took on a schizophrenic nature depending on which end you were batting at.

Bowlers from the scoreboard end were less penetrative and much more expensive, Atif Sheikh excepted. From the pavilion end, they seemed at times to be virtually unplayable as Ben Raine returned 4/29 from 14 overs, ably supported by Oliver Freckingham, whose spell from the pavilion end of 7-2-16-1 contrasted with his first spell of 4-0-17-0 from the scoreboard end.

All the Yorkshire batsmen got starts but none was able to register a 50, which would have turned a lead of 143 into something around 175. Jordan Thompson top-scored with 22 and Barney Gibson made 20, including 14 off one Robert Taylor over. Officially, we have eight wickets down but it is not clear if Moin Ashraf will be allowed to bat if necessary, having originally been nominated as the non-batting member of the 12.
Fourteen wickets have fallen today. That leaves twelve remaining in the match. If all 12 fall, then Yorkshire will have pulled off their most remarkable victory in my time with them against an older and vastly more experienced outfit.

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