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2nd XI: Yorkshire v MCC

— 19 August 2015

Day 1

The MCC side won the toss and duly elected to bat in what looked to be good batting conditions and so they proved. The Yorkshire bowlers toiled all day with not much luck and those who turned up to watch were royally entertained as batsmen held sway and boundaries pinged to all parts of the ground.


Yorkshire made a couple of early inroads as Josh Shaw struck twice to have both Thompson and Karim caught behind, two of five victims for Jonathan Read, making his Championship debut after his first game v Sussex last week.

James Wainman also found a good line but could not find the bat`s edge to go with it until the last two wickets of the innings, one of which was courtesy of a quite splendid diving catch by Mosun Hussain at cover.

Debutant Matthew Taylor led the way, however, with a return of 3/48. A tall, medium-quick right-armer, he produced disconcerting bounce along with a few half-volleys, but can feel mighty satisfied with his initial 2nd XI effort.

James Logan Ryan Gibson and Yaaser Imtiaz each took one wicket to dismiss the visitors for a very healthy 353, leaving Yorkshire to face an awkward minimum of 15 overs.

They negotiated the final period for the loss of Ben Ainsley, with Mosun Hussain looking especially determined not to play if he did not have to.

Day 2

No play was possible today because of heavy and persistent rain. The players appeared at 11.30 to begin their warm-up but the rain returned almost immediately and the covers went back on and that was that.

The third and final day tomorrow will be a battle for bonus points unless a declaration and an imaginative forfeiture by the MCC side sets up a chase for 300+ and victory.