Yorkshire’s bowlers started the new summer with a polished performance against a Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities side who have caused the county problems in previous seasons.
This is the third year running the two sides have met at Headingley in the early stages of a summer, with a draw coming in 2012 before Yorkshire won convincingly last year.
But, on both occasions, the students have enjoyed periods of opening-day dominance. Thankfully from Yorkshire’s point of view, today was a different story.
Captain Will Vanderspar, their number four batsman, top-scored with a patient 60 off 118 balls, but nobody else supported him as the visitors were bowled out for 139 in 53 overs just after tea.
Adil Rashid nipped in at the end with the last three wickets to finish with 3-8 from seven overs, while Jack Brooks, Steve Patterson and Liam Plunkett all picked up two wickets apiece.
Gary Ballance had won the toss and elected to bowl when play began at 12.15pm following a wet outfield.
Ryan Sidebottom set the tone with a wicket with the third ball of the match, with Yorkshire’s bowlers taking advantage of movement through the air and off the pitch in the Headingley sunshine.
Yorkshire had just over an hour’s batting to do before close, which they did with few alarms until Alex Lees was bowled for 47 with the last ball of the day by Ivan Thomas.
Yorkshire closed on 94-1 from 24.3 overs. Adam Lyth will begin tomorrow’s second day on 45 not out.
New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson will arrive at Headingley tomorrow to begin his second spell as the club’s overseas player. He has been playing for his country at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
He is expected to be on international duty in the West Indies between May 25 and July 7.