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Yorkshire draw level on day two of U15 County Championship

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Yorkshire CCC beat Warwickshire CCC on the second day of the ECB U15 County Championship Finals. Warwickshire, who had beaten Surrey on day one, were outclassed by a very strong Yorkshire side, losing by 86 runs.

Warwickshire and Yorkshire are now level with one win apiece, with third side Surrey yet to register a victory.

For the second time in two days, the captain who won the toss elected to bowl. On this occasion, it was R Cleary from Warwickshire who asked his opponents to bat first. Yorkshire's final total of 188 for three declared was built on the back of a fine unbeaten fourth wicket stand by C Allinson and T Appleyard.

Allinson and Appleyard came together at 97 for three, and put on 91 runs in quick time. The left-hand/right-hand combination worked well for the Yorkshire pair, as the Warwickshire bowlers struggled to maintain an accurate line to both players.

Allinson and Appleyard batted exceptionally, both playing some sublime strokes on both sides of the wicket. They look to be the two form batsmen of the tournament so far.

Earlier in the innings, Yorkshire captain and opening batsman C Marsden was cunningly run-out by quick-thinking Warwickshire wicket keeper P Neale, who, when keeping up to the stumps, swiftly hurled the ball back to the bowler's end when Marsden had inadvertently meandered out of his ground.

This buoyed the Warwickshire spirits, but this shift in momentum was only shortlived as the aforementioned fourth wicket pair took the initiative away from the bowling side.

Marsden confidently but sportingly declared at 188 for three off 51 overs, leaving Warwickshire plenty of time to score the runs.

Warwickshire's response was a slow grind in the face of some very accurate bowling. Yorkshire's opening quicks bowled with metronomic rhythm, but it was the spinners who eventually caused the demise of the Warwickshire side, strangling the batsmen with a plethora of maidens.

Captain Marsden returned the extraordinary analysis of 19-16-4-2, while his partner in crime at the other end, leg-spinning B Raven-Hill, outperformed his captain with 5-17 off 10.5 overs. Warwickshire were bowled out for a meagre 102.

Today (Thursday August 11) Surrey take on Yorkshire in the final tie of the round robin championship. Following Surrey's loss to Warwickshire on day one, and Yorkshire's win yesterday, the northern side must be favourites to take out the title.

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