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LIVE BLOG: WORCESTERSHIRE V YORKSHIRE, CC, DAY ONE

— 24 September 2018

Andrew Gale

“I thought the day was quite patchy.

“Obviously our aim was to come and get the two points first of all, but I thought we couldn’t really sustain pressure for long periods today.

“We missed a couple of key chances, but fair play to Worcester. They fought pretty hard. We’ll come back fighting tomorrow.

“It’s a used pitch and was damp on top at the start. For the second half of the day, it was quite easy to bat. I think tomorrow will be the easiest day to bat on it. It’s dented a bit so the lads tell me, so it might be tricky to bat third or fourth day.

“We didn’t want it to be a nipper, so it’s nice to get the two points. Now we’ve got them, we want to finish the season strongly.

“Brooksy has been outstanding, and it’s testament to the man. He’s obviously not going to be with us next year, and it would have been easy for him to fade out until the end of the season. But he hasn’t. He’s put a real shift in for us, and he’s one of the key reasons why we’re still in Division One.”

5.45pm Close. Worcester have closed on 319-8 from 96 overs. Brooks with 5-83 for Yorkshire, who have secured their Division One safety today.

5.05pm Mitchell gone! Caught at deep mid-wicket by Logan off Brooks for 127. 270-8. Brooks has five.

4.28pm Mitchell reaches hundred by lofting Logan over the top of mid-off for four – 220 balls with 13×4s. 237-5 in the 77th over.

3.24pm Update from the two grounds which could affect Yorkshire. Hampshire 187 all out against Lancashire at the Ageas Bowl and Somerset 237-3 against Notts at Trent Bridge

Tea Report

Yorkshire are on the verge of Division One safety after taking four afternoon wickets against Worcestershire at New Road, with the hosts reaching tea on day one at 179-5.

Already relegated Worcester resumed on 82-1 after lunch at the start of this Specsavers County Championship match.

Captain Steve Patterson, Jack Brooks twice and Ben Coad all struck after lunch, with Patterson getting opposite number Moeen Ali caught at first slip for 60.

Moeen fell having top-edged a pull as the score fell to 131-2 in the 42nd over.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore has taken two catches at first slip, later helping Coad remove Alex Milton. Sandwiched in between, Brooks bowled Joe Clarke.

Worcester slipped from 131-1 in the 42nd over to 167-5 in the 60th over, with the fifth wicket going to Brooks – Ben Cox lbw.

Yorkshire just need one more wicket to clinch the point they need to avoid relegation.

Daryl Mitchell is unbeaten on 71 and Ed Barnard 5.

3.05pm Cox gone! He’s been trapped lbw by Brooks and Worcester are 167-5. Yorkshire a wicket away from their second bonus point.

2.37pm Clarke gone! He’s been bowled by Brooks for 8. Worcestershire are 149-3, and it’s just one more point required for Yorkshire.

1.52pm Updates from elsewhere. Hampshire 113-7 v Lancashire and Somerset 141-2 against Notts.

1.49pm Moeen gone! He’s been caught at first slip by Kohler-Cadmore off Patterson as he top-edged a pull. Gone for 60. 131-2 in the 42nd.

1.25pm Life for Mitchell on 43, who is dropped by Tattersall off Brooks, with Kohler-Cadmore unable to grasp the rebound. 101-1 in the 36th.

1.15pm Tim Bresnan and Jack Brooks have resumed the bowling duties after lunch. Worcestershire 89-1.

12.35pm Hampshire are 87-4 at lunch against Lancashire at the Ageas Bowl. Nottinghamshire, like Lancashire, are also below the White Rose in the table. Somerset are 100-2 at Trent Bridge.

Lunch Report

Worcestershire have confidently advanced to 82-1 at lunch on day one of the season-ending Specsavers County Championship match against Yorkshire at New Road.

Steve Patterson opted to bowl following an uncontested toss, and Tim Bresnan claimed the only wicket to fall on a sluggish surface – Tom Fell caught at third slip by Jack Leaning.

Leaning is one of two changes to the Yorkshire team alongside left-arm spinner James Logan, who is debuting. Harry Brook and Matthew Waite have made way.

Yorkshire are chasing two points to secure their Division One future, so six wickets today would do the trick.

Logan has bowled three overs for 18, with Moeen hitting him for two leg-side sixes and a four in 34 not out. Daryl Mitchell has 28, with the pair having shared 53 unbroken for the second wicket.

12.10pm James Logan about to bowl his first over to Moeen. 55-1 after 26.

11.03am Quiet start at New Road, with Worcestershire 19-0 in the 10th over.

10.10am Worcester: Mitchell, Fell, Ali c, Clarke, Milton, Cox w, Barnard, Parnell, Twohig, Tongue, Pennington.

Yorkshire: Lyth, Raval, Leaning, Ballance, Kohler-Cadmore, Tattersall w, Bresnan, Patterson c, Logan, Brooks, Coad.

10.06am Yorkshire are bowling first after an uncontested toss.

9.53am Better news re a start on time. The toss is due imminently and we should get underway at 10.30am.

Good morning from New Road ahead of our final match of the season, against Worcestershire.

The sun is shining, but the outfield is very wet.

Yorkshire need a maximum of two points to mathematically pull themselves clear of the relegation situation.

We will be keeping an eye on Hampshire v Lancashire at the Ageas Bowl as well.

Worcestershire are already relegated. They will be captained by Moeen Ali this week.

We are due to start at 10.30am, although there is some doubt as to whether that will happen.

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