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2nd XI: Young MCC v Yorkshire (Day One)

— 14 August 2014

Yorkshire won the toss on another sunny morning and elected to bat. They then gave their supporters the father and mother of a switchback ride of emotions as they recovered from 149/7 to a superb 349/8 dec and nipped out one of the MCC openers before the close.


Ben Ainsley, making his 2nd XI debut, and Eliot Callis opened and Ben hit one glorious cover drive before he edged one behind. Callis and Hodgson then added 77 for the 2nd wicket, until Dan Hodgson lost his off stump to Zain Shahzad on the stroke of lunch.

That heralded a startling collapse after lunch as from 101/1, Yorkshire slipped to 115/5 in just over five overs. Callis batted well to complete his first Championship 50 of the season before he finally fell for 61 (7 fours). Barney Gibson and James Wainman then added 29 but both were dismissed in quick succession and Yorkshire stood at 149/7, with only one batting point likely.

Enter the heroes Matthew Waite, in his debut Championship innings and Nathan Firn who has impressed greatly in his brief 2nd XI career thus far. They proceeded to add 158 in 130 minutes from 240 deliveries and proceeded to take us past the magic 300 mark and full batting bonus points.

Firn hit 8 fours in his innings of 141 minutes (130 deliveries) but Matthew Waite was a revelation. He hit nine fours and three sixes, the second of which completed his maiden century in his first-ever 2nd XI Championship game. He faced 146 deliveries in a stay just one minute longer that his partner in rescue.

He finished in glorious style, smiting his third and last six over the scoreboard and hit another boundary immediately after for good measure. The declaration then came after 97 overs, leaving MCC with just five to bat to complete a full day`s play.
James Wainman snared the desired wicket as he had Renshaw fending one off to Callis at short leg, who took the catch. The MCC Captain, Chris Piesley, remains unbeaten on nine and, after a hundred and a fifty in his last two games against the White Rose, will hope to bat long again. The Yorkshire bowlers must ensure that is not the case this time.

Howard Clayton