Yorkshire were left frustrated yesterday afternoon after rain brought a premature end to their opening match in the Royal London One-Day Cup against Gloucestershire at Scarborough today.
However, despite the home side’s big-name batting line-up, Michael Klinger’s Gloucestershire could claim that they were in the ascendant when the rain that had plagued the rest of the country finally arrived on the Yorkshire coast.
Replying to the home side’s barely adequate 227 all out in exactly 50 overs, Gloucestershire’s openers had made just 5-0 off two overs when the weather closed in from the south west. Each side took one point from the game.
Gloucestershire’s frustration was probably compounded by the fact that they only needed to have scored 20 without loss in the opening ten overs of their innings to have won the game under the Duckworth-Lewis system.
“It was frustrating that we didn’t get the opportunity to win the game,” Jason Gillespie, Yorkshire’s head coach, said.
“While I don’t think we scored the runs we should have scored, I would have backed our bowlers to give it a good shake.
The batting was disappointing. Five of our top six got starts, three getting thirties and the two openers getting double figures, and someone needed to go no and get a major score.
“That’s an area in which I hope we can improve when we play Derbyshire [today].
“We could have scored anything if one of those players had gone on but from 151 for eight, it was a fantastic effort to get to 227.”
On a pitch which offered Michael Klinger’s bowlers plenty of bounce, three of the top six home batsmen reached the thirties but none of them could score more than Glenn Maxwell, whose 33 included three fours and a straight six.
However, having been caught off a no-ball and then dropped in the 19th over of the innings, bowled by James Fuller, Maxwell was caught by Geraint Jones, the fielder who had spilled him, at mid off from the very next ball.
Fuller then inflicted the indignity of a golden duck on Jack Leaning when he bowled him with a fine ball in the same eventful over to leave Yorkshire on 82 for four.
Earlier Alex Lees had made 14 and Andrew Gale 16 before both had been caught at the wicket by Gareth Roderick off Fuller and Craig Miles respectively.
Gary Ballance and Will Rhodes attempted to repair the innings with a fifth-wicket stand of 46 but Ballance was caught behind by Roderick off Kieran Noema-Barnett for 31 when attempting to guide the medium pacer to third man.
Miles took the next three wickets in the space of 11 balls. First Rhodes was superbly caught at slip by a diving Klinger for 32. Then Andrew Hodd and Liam Plunkett fell to consecutive balls to leave the Vikings on 151 for eight.
However Tim Bresnan and Steve Patterson then added 57 inside 11 overs in an excellent ninth-wicket stand before Patterson was leg before to Smith for 24.
Bresnan went on to make 43 off 55 balls, an innings including three fours and two sixes, before he was caught by Chris Dent at deep midwicket off slow left-armer Tom Smith off the final ball of the innings. The last two wickets had added 76 invaluable runs.
The excellent Miles finished with four for 29 and Fuller three for 45 off eight overs, the latter analysis including the 17 runs the seamer conceded off the 40th over of the innings.
Smith, who bowled at the end of the innings, returned figures of two for 34 off eight overs.