Yorkshire lost their last 2nd XI Trophy match of the season as the selection of five of our main players by the England U19s continued to bite deeply.
Yorkshire lost the toss and were invited to bat on a pitch that looked dry enough but the outfield was still a bit damp from the probable downpour(s) of the previous day(s).
Yorkshire made a reasonable start but lost their first wicket at 31 when Dan Hodgson feathered a catch behind. After that, the remaining nine wickets went down for exactly a hundred runs in only 38 overs, meaning that 12 overs (or 96 deliveries) went unused.
The players who have come in to replace the five England representatives have enjoyed quite a bit of success this year with the Academy but are finding the step up to 2nd-team level to be a big one and must now concentrate on learning to play a different type of game.
For example, reverse sweeps when your team has just lost three quick wickets or big shots over the top are not what is required to steady the ship. A steep learning curve indeed.
Matthew Waite and Barney Gibson, who made 22, had a spell of five or six overs when they were picking up two or three singles an over and that was exactly what was required in the situation. These players are all talented and have potential otherwise the Yorkshire County Cricket Club would not be investing all their resources in their development. They will improve and the Championship game against the same opponents over the next three days is their next opportunity to do so.
Yorkshire`s top scorer was Mon Ashraf with a hard-hit 24 not out, including two boundaries and a straight maximum.
Another young player, Ben Ainsley from Middlesbrough, will make his debut in that game. Ben is an opening batsman and had some decent scores in the Academy XI.
The MCC found no difficulty at all in scoring the 132 required and did so for the loss of just one wicket. Their captain, Chris Piesley added a 50 to the century he scored against us in setting up his side`s victory at Stamford Bridge last season. Liam Gough, son of Darren, also made 50, being unbeaten on 55 when victory was achieved.
Piesley was dismissed taking a quick single by a direct hit from Jordan Thompson, the second run-out he has been involved in in the last two games. No bowler took a wicket and, on this occasion, none of them was particularly keen to consult the scorecards which had been prepared for their information