Fin Bean is backing Yorkshire’s bowlers to respond in kind tomorrow after their Leicestershire counterparts enjoyed much the better of a disrupted day one at Grace Road.

Opener Bean top-scored with 40 in Yorkshire’s 155-9 inside 39 overs, with 57 lost to rain and bad light.

Yorkshire slipped from the sanctuary of 91-2 just before tea to 112-7. 

Foxes seamer Will Davis claimed his first four wickets of the season on a green pitch at the Uptonsteel County Ground. 

The hosts need to win this penultimate round fixture to have any chance of promotion, but left-handed Bean is confident that it will be not plain sailing for them from here. 

“We’re slightly under par, but from what some of the lads and the umpires said later on, the pitch started to do a bit more,” said the 21-year-old, who shared 45 for the first wicket with Adam Lyth.

“Mine and Lythy’s mindset was, ‘There’s likely to be a ball with your name on it, so let’s take the positive option’.

“We can certainly do the same to them with the ball. 

“The saying is, ‘Don’t judge a pitch until both sides have batted’. I think that’s true in this case. I’m certainly backing our attack to knock them over.”

Bean is enjoying a fantastic summer – his first full campaign – against the red ball. He has 898 runs in the Championship to his name in 2023.

And today, he went beyond 1,000 Championship runs in his career in only his 15th appearance: “It’s something I can be proud of,” he said of the mini milestone. 

“I’m just ticking them off as they come, and hopefully I can kick on.

“I just want to contribute towards the team. Getting us back up to Division One next year is the main target, and to do it with Lythy at the other end would be great. 

“Putting on some decent partnerships with him and getting the team off to a good start is what I want to do. The fact we’ve both got three hundreds this year is great.”

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