As I drove to York this morning through beautiful sunshine, the prospect of a full day’s play stretched before me. I should have known better, this being England and the cricket season.
The players and umpires were all ready and the toss had been made, Yorkshire winning it and inviting Northants to bat first but then the rain started at about 10.45 and did not allow any play until 5.15 pm.
But from then on, there was plenty to warm the hearts of those Yorkshire supporters who had braved the weather and stayed on expectantly. From the relative stability of 90/2, Northants collapsed to 126/9 by close of play.
Ben Coad, with a Championship career-best return of 4 for 37 and Ryan Gibson`s parsimonious stint of three wickets for one run from five overs, triggered the clatter of wickets and ensured that Yorkshire completed the day with all four bowling points already in the bag. Each was on a hat-trick, but could not find the necessaries deliveries to complete the feat.
Tomorrow, they need to finish the innings quickly and then spend all day batting to establish as big a lead as possible and push for their first Championship victory of the season.