Close of Play Report
With Glamorgan having reached 215-8 at tea, Timm van der Gugten steered Matt Fisher to third man for a pair of fours, but with the total on 228 Harris edged Fisher to second slip where Adam Lyth completed a good low catch to his left. Jamie McIlroy square-drove Hill for four before being caught at third slip as Glamorgan ended five runs short of a batting point.
Yorkshire had 22 overs to face with Adam Lyth and Finlay Bean opening the batting against Michael Neser and van der Gugten. Lyth began by cover-driving Neser for four before clipping van der Gugten to fine-leg. Lyth also on-drove Neser but, with the total on 21, Lyth departed l.b.w. to van der Gugten. The floodlights came on as Saud Shakeel joined Bean and survived a loud appeal for leg before.
Harris then replaced Neser and had Bean dropped at third slip as the opener edged the seamer before Shakeel played a pair of sublime cover drives against van der Gugten plus another against Harris. Bean repeated the stroke against the Dutchman but then had his stumps rearranged with the total on 46. Five runs later Neser returned to the fray and trapped Shakeel l.b.w.
Dawid Malan was joined by Mickey Edwards and steered McIlroy through point but, with the total on 59, Edwards edged Neser to second slip with Labuschagne completing the catch. Two balls later Fisher edged Neser to fourth slip where Sam Northeast completed the catch with Bairstow coming in with Yorkshire on 60-5.
Glamorgan had reached 83-2 at lunch having recovered through the efforts of Labuschagne and Northeast from 1-2 in the fifth over. But the latter departed to the third ball of the session as the batter with a 400 to his name in 1st XI cricket gloved a rising delivery from Mickey Edwards into the hands of Finlay Bean, a man with a score of 400 to his name in 2nd XI cricket. Kiran Carlson duly replaced him and got off the mark by nurdling Coad to third man. The bowler then limped off with what appeared to be a thigh injury with Fisher replacing him. Carlson responded by unleashing a ferocious cover-drive for four.
Labuschagne then flicked Edwards to fine-leg before Carlson on-drove Hill when he returned for a second salvo at the Howard Stand End. Labuschagne also nurdled Fisher to the vacant ropes at third man before on-driving Hill to the fence at mid-wicket to complete a patient fifty from 142 balls. Carlson then clipped Fisher to square-leg for four but on 16 he departed to a fine one-handed catch by Jonny Bairstow diving to his left to pouch an inside edge to give Hill his first wicket with the visitors on 135-4.
Billy Root joined Labuschagne and began with a nurdle to third man for four against Hill followed by a square-drive against the same bowler for a second boundary. But Hill gained revenge as he claimed the prized wicket of Labuschagne who feathered a rising ball into Bairstow’s gloves. 154-5 saw Chris Cooke make his way to the middle as Jordan Thompson also returned to the attack at the Kirkstall Lane End. Cooke clipped Thompson for four to square-leg but next ball chipped a catch to the fielder at short mid-wicket as Glamorgan slipped to 161-6.
Michael Neser began by clipping Hill to square-leg and mid-on for four but then shouldered arms to Edwards and was bowled with Glamorgan on 174-7. Root then skewed a drive through point against Edwards before thick-edging him for four through the slips, with Timm van der Gugten guiding Thompson for four to third man followed by a deft glance to the ropes at long-leg. But, with the total on 199, Root skewed another drive and was caught by Jonny Tattersall, the substitute fielder, at backward point.
Having been joined James Harris, van der Gugten clipped Edwards through mid-wicket for four before his new partner cover-drove Thompson.
By a strange coincidence, Glamorgan were also on Yorkshire soil in 1953 on Tuesday 2 June for the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the ceremony taking place during the final day of the Welsh county’s three-day contest at the Bramall Lane ground in Sheffield. The weather though in South Yorkshire was far from regal with no play taking place as the contest ended in a watery draw.
The weather hasn’t been very kind so far in 2023 to Yorkshire, who like the Welsh county, are still seeking their first victory of the campaign, having had a complete washout at Bristol and then seeing the last day at Hove being also lost to the weather when the White Rose county needed just 63 runs to defeat Sussex. However, the overhead conditions this morning in Leeds may have been in their favour, as after winning the toss, they opted to bowl first and saw David Lloyd depart to the fourth ball as a gleeful Jonny Bairstow pouched the edge which Ben Coad had found from the visiting captain’s bat.
It might have been 0-2 had Dom Bess, at short-leg, clung onto a sharp chance from Marnus Labuschagne, but in Coad’s third over it became 1-2 as Andrew Salter who had moved up to open the batting in Eddie Byrom’s absence with back spasm was trapped l.b.w. Sam Northeast drove Matt Fisher square of the wicket before off-driving him to the ropes in front of the Howard Stand as the former Yorkshire batter struck successive fours. He then had a life in Fisher’s next over as Adam Lyth at second slip spilled a regulation catch.
Labuschagne then guided Jordan Thompson through backward point for four before Sam Northeast biffed Mickey Edwards’ first delivery through extra-cover before clipping him to square-leg. Northeast then unleashed a rasping square-cut for four when George Hill entered the attack, swiftly followed by a cover-driven boundary. After some quiet reconnaissance, Labuschagne flicked Edwards to the ropes at backward square-leg before Thompson switched ends and was swatted through point for four by Northeast who then punched Fisher through point for another four.