With dark clouds hovering around sunny intervals Yorkshire won the toss and chose to bat. Moin Ashraf was taken ill overnight and returned home with Jared Warner travelling to take his place with Will Rhodes also travelling from Headingley.
Right on cue at 10.55am the heavens opened and the covers appeared. The start was delayed by 35 minutes but due to competition rules no overs were lost.
After the delay the next 25 minutes produced enough action to fill a full day. 3 wickets fell with Tattersall, Hussain and Hodgson all departing to the bowling of Russell. However Russell’s next blow was inflicted upon Aaron Finch when he edged a pull into his side. This led to a 15 minute delay and Aaron going to the local hospital. Aaron had scored 19 from 17 balls with 4 fours.
Matthew Waite joined Ryan Gibson and they added 82 in 94 balls before Waite became Russells 4th victim. Will Rhodes, newly arrived from Headingley made 9 but it was mainly down to Ryan Gibson that we were able to post any sort of total. He made 66 from 67 balls with 11 fours and because Finch wasn’t able to bat again we were “all out” at 164-9. Russell had figures of 12-1-52-5 and Hepburn 12.2-4-43-4.
With 58 overs left in the day, Worcestershire began their reply at 3.42pm. Whilst this ground is “pretty” it is lined by trees and hedges and a large chunk of the day was spent attempting to retrieve balls from the afore mentioned – hence it was 7.47pm (yes 7.47pm) when played ceased.
By then, opener, Tom Kohler-Cadmore had made an unbeaten 100 from 183 balls with 13 fours and Worcestershire closed at 187-4. There was a wicket each for Wainman, Rhodes, Carver and Fisher.