White Rose overcome injuries to impress
The late withdrawals of Richard Pyrah and Ryan Sidebottom were soon swept aside by Yorkshire on the first day of their important LV= County Championship match against Gloucestershire at Scarborough.
The visitors were rolled for 215 after being nine for four at one stage, but the White Rose then lost two wickets of their own before finishing the day well placed on 61.
Yorkshire, sitting third in the Division Two table, need to win in order to boost their promotion chances, yet were unable to include senior paceman Sidebottom due to back spasms or Pyrah, who the previous day broke a bone in his left hand for the second time this season.
The 4,000-plus crowd cheered up when batsmen Joe Root and Gary Ballance received their first-team caps from captain Andrew Gale shortly before the start, and things continued to go well as Steven Patterson and Moin Ashraf ripped the top order apart.
Both got movement off the seam and Patterson struck three times in as many overs, bowling Benny Howell when he offered no stroke, having Dan Housego caught at second slip by Adam Lyth and trapping Hamish Marshall lbw as he tried to whip through leg.
Ashraf initially had little to show for his efforts but that changed when opener Rob Nicol edged to wicketkeeper Andy Hodd, who held a low catch diving to his right.
Ian Cockbain and Will Gidman worked hard to halt the slide and took Gloucestershire in to lunch on 70 for four.
But a stand of 65 was ended early in the afternoon as Cockbain was caught at forward short-leg by Phil Jaques off spinner Azeem Rafiq.
Gidman continued to time the ball well until he fell to a stunning catch at second slip by Lyth at the beginning of a new Ashraf spell, the left-hander having struck 47.
James Fuller, aiming to square-leg, was lbw to Rafiq and Gloucestershire were tottering again on 107 for seven, though Jack Taylor's decision to try and hit them out of trouble paid off as he launched Rafiq over long-on.
Taylor also punched seven other boundaries in his 49 from 43 balls before drilling back a catch to Rafiq; Jon Batty’s share of the 56-run stand was just two.
An obdurate innings from Batty ended when he was bowled by Ashraf for 25, yet Gloucestershire were led to a single batting bonus point by a spirited last-wicket stand of 36 between Anthony Ireland and Liam Norwell.
Adil Rashid got rid of the latter to end the innings, but, having moved into the ascendancy, the White Rose lost Lyth, who was caught behind off Gidman.
Jaques was dropped first ball at cover by Taylor and Root also had two escapes before he had scored, Batty missing a simple catch off Norwell and Gidman suffering again when Howell could not hold on at first slip.
The Jaques miss did not prove costly, as he could not avoid making contact with an away-swinger from Gidman that landed in Batty’s gloves.
It was left to Root and Gale, 24 and 23 not out respectively, to take Yorkshire to the close without further mishap in an unbroken stand of 45.