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LIVE BLOG: FRIENDLIES - YCCC v MIDDX/DUR D2

— 23 March 2021

That’s the end of our blog for the last two days. It’s great to be back. Roll on April 8!

Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon

“It’s been two valuable days. We haven’t had a lot of outdoor practice due to the weather, but it’s been really useful.

“With the younger players playing against a strong Durham team here at Headingley, and equipping themselves very well, it augurs well for the future.

“From what I can gather from what’s happened down at Middlesex, they have been two really useful days as well. So far, so good.

“These matches are competitive. Once you get out into the middle, it’s a very competitive environment.

“Speaking to the Durham coaches, they are delighted that they’ve been able to have a run out even against our younger lads. They’ve found it really useful.

“And, for us, to see our up and coming players against an experienced side, it’s very encouraging.

“We are going to have to give these lads opportunities in the second team this summer, and hopefully that will put them in the shop window for the first team if places become available.”

5.42pm That’s it. Durham have closed their final 30 overs on 146-2. Matthew Revis claimed two late wickets.

Yorkshire travel to Derbyshire on Thursday and Friday.

5,28pm Really probing late burst from Revis, who has snared two Durham wickets. Burnham and now Poynter, the latest caught behind. 116-2.

5.21pm It’s finished down at Middlesex. Yorkshire 94-2 from 30 overs. Brook 30 not out and Tattersall 38 not out. Seven overs to go here under the Emerald Headingley lights. Durham 107-1 from 23. Revis has just got Burnham caught in the slips. Excellent ball which squared him up.

5.08pm Closing stages of the game down at Middlesex. Yorkshire are 92-2 from 28 overs. Brook 28 and Tattersall 38.

4.51pm Lees and Eckersley retire on 31 and 38. Durham 70-0 after 15 overs. At Middlesex, Yorkshire are 69-2 from 22 overs. Brook 24 and Tattersall 19.

4.05pm Yorkshire are 34-2 in the 11th over of 30 down at Middlesex. Fraine (23) and Kohler-Cadmore (1) the wickets to fall. Here at Emerald Headingley, Durham are 29-0 in the fifth.

Tea Report David Willey and Jack Shutt finished with two wickets apiece, while Ben Coad and Steve Patterson were typically miserly with the ball, as Middlesex closed their 90-over innings on 215-6 at tea on the second and final day of the friendly at Merchant Taylors’ School.

Left-arm swing bowler Willey struck twice before lunch and off-spinner Shutt once in the afternoon as Middlesex advanced from 80-2 from 30 overs overnight. Sam Robson retired out on 65.

Coad bowled 13 overs for 13 runs and captain Patterson 13 for 14 runs.

Yorkshire, who made 138-5 during their 60 overs yesterday, have started their final 30 overs with the bat and are 22-0 after four.

At Emerald Headingley, the two-day game between a more inexperienced Yorkshire side and Durham is being played via the same format.

Durham made 223-1 from 60 overs on day one before Yorkshire responded with 62-3 from 30.

The only difference is that the scorers then reset the scoreboard at the start of day two, with Yorkshire beginning the next 60 overs on 0-0.

And they reached tea at 181-6, including a fluent 49 from Academy batsman Yash Vagadia, supported by 37 from Matthew Revis and 35 not out from Ben Birkhead.

Vagadia and opener Revis shared an excellent 104 through the majority of the morning session. Paul Coughlin finished with two wickets for a strong Durham side.

Play is 15 minutes behind at Headingley, with the evening session yet to begin.

3.27pm Tea at Emerald Headingley, where Yorkshire have closed their 60 overs on 181-6, with Ben Birkhead 35 not out. That is added to the 62-3 from 30 overs last night.

Durham, who started yesterday with 223-1 from 60 overs, will now bat out the remaining 30 overs.

Down at Middlesex, the hosts finished their 90 overs (30 yesterday and 60 today) with 215-6. Yorkshire have started the final 30 overs and are 11-0 in the the third.

2.44pm Middlesex close to the end of their innings – 207-6 in the 85th over. Jack Shutt, bowling Rob White for 46, with the latest wicket.

Here at Emerald Headingley, Yorkshire are 152-5 in the 49th. Borthwick has just trapped Luxton lbw.

2.16pm Harry Duke has just pulled Durham’s Matty Potts to mid-wicket, falling for one. 144-3 now in the 42nd. Down at Middlesex, the hosts are 183-5 after 77 overs.

1.58pm Wicket for Paul Coughlin as Hill is caught behind for 22. Durham second wicket leaves Yorkshire 139-2 in the 38th.

1.45pm Fair old start for England in pursuit of 318 to beat India in the opening ODI. They are 122-0 after 13 overs. Jonny Bairstow 74 not out, including six sixes.

1.39pm Some really positives signs from today’s batting performance at Emerald Headingley. Vagadia and Revis played superbly, and in the early stages of their innings after lunch both Hill and Birkhead have hit eye-catching boundaries. 127-1 from 33.

From the bits seen on stream down at Middlesex, it looks like neither side has given an inch. Really competitive. Middlesex 164-5 after 68.

12.55pm After spending 20 days in isolation, Duanne Olivier is out in the middle bowling at a stump. Great to see.

Lunch David Willey claimed both morning wickets for Yorkshire during the final day of their two-day friendly against Middlesex at Merchant Taylors’ School in Northwood.

The England white ball all-rounder had Stevie Eskinazi and Martin Andersson caught behind by Jonny Tattersall in the space of four balls in the 49th over of the Middlesex innings, the 19th of the day.

That left them 129-5 having started the day on 80-2. Sam Robson retired out on 65.

They have since reached lunch on 157-5 from 60 overs and will bat for another 30 overs before Yorkshire finish the game with 30 overs at the crease after tea.

Middlesex are replying to Yorkshire’s 138-5 from 60 overs at the start of yesterday.

Ben Coad and Steve Patterson have bowled 10 overs at a cost of 12 and 13 runs respectively.

At Emerald Headingley, Yorkshire’s youngsters are playing Durham in a two-day friendly, played along the same format.

Durham made 223-1 from 60 overs yesterday, and Yorkshire closed on 62-3 from 30.

The only difference here is that the scorers have started the scoreboard and scorecard at 0-0 overnight.

So, Yorkshire have reached lunch on 109-1 from 19 overs, with Yash Vagadia and Matthew Revis sharing an excellent 104 stand to start the day.

Academy batsman Vagadia shone with a fluent 49 off 67 balls, while Revis reached lunch on 37 not out from 100 balls – a more determined innings, but no less impressive.

Vagadia fell one short of 50 when he edged England Lions seamer Brydon Carse behind shortly before lunch.

A minute’s silence was held at 12pm in memory of all the lives lost during the last year of Coronavirus.

12.39pm Oh no. Frustration as Yash Vagadia’s excellent innings is ended on 49 by Brydon Carse as he nibbles at one and is caught behind. 104-1 in the 27th.

12.34pm Lunch at Merchant Taylors’. Middlesex 157-5 from 30 overs. David Willey with both morning wickets, Stevie Eskinazi and Martin Andersson caught behind in the space of four balls in the 49th over of the innings.

Here at Headingley. Yorkshire 102-0 in the 27th over. Yash Vagadia has 49 of them, Matthew Revis 34,

12.14pm Whilst it was chilly but bright at both venues yesterday, it’s overcast and freezing today. Just caught at sight of Matthew Fisher on the stream from Middlesex trying to keep warm at mid-on or mid-off. Day for hand warmers and about 10 jumpers.

Here at Headingley, Yash Vagadia has moved to a very pleasing 46 and Matthew Revis an equally accomplished 31. Yorkshire 92-0 in the 22nd.

12.04pm David Willey has taken a couple of wickets at Middlesex, both caught behind by Jonny Tattersall. Middlesex 142-5 in the 53rd over, including Sam Robson retired out on 65.

11.27am Matthew Waite is currently bowling at Middlesex, where the hosts are 105-2 in the 43rd over. He’s gone all Jack Brooks with flowing locks and a headband!!

10.51am Seems the scorecard and scoreboard here at Emerald Headingley has started Yorkshire’s innings afresh this morning. So, instead of them being 73-2 in the 31st over, they are 10-0 in the second.

For ease of following it all, we will follow the scorecards. Yash Vagadia and Matthew Revis at the crease.

Down at Middlesex, they have continued on from where they left off last night. Middlesex are 87-2 in the 37th.

Live stream from Middlesex……

Good morning from Emerald Headingley ahead of the second and final day of our friendly against Durham.

Yorkshire will begin the day on 62-3 from 29.1 overs in reply to Durham’s 223-1 from 60. Yorkshire will bat for the first 60 overs today and Durham for the final 30.

Play will start at 10.45am, and there will be a minute’s silence at 12pm in memory of all those who have lost their lives due to Coronavirus over the last 12 months.

Down at Merchant Taylors’ School in Middlesex, a more senior Yorkshire team are in action, with play starting at 10.30am.

Middlesex are batting. They are 80-2 from 30 overs, replying to Yorkshire’s 138-5 from 60. The same format will apply down there with how that day unfolds.

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