Coad puts Yorkshire in charge of must-win game
At Headingley Yorkshire (36-2) trail Leicestershire (124) by 88 runs
Yorkshire’s Ben Coad claimed five for 18 as Leicestershire were bowled out for 124 before tea during a seamer-friendly opening day of the Bob Willis Trophy clash.
The 26-year-old excelled with the new ball and returned after lunch for further success as the hosts made an encouraging start to their attempt to claim a victory that could put them in the five-day Lord’s final this month.
They realistically need to win to topple leaders Derbyshire and finish top of the North Group. Then, they must finish as one of the two best group winners from the North, South and Central. Rain again played its part for the third successive four-day game at Headingley, with Yorkshire closing on 36 for two from 12.1 overs of their reply. There was no play beyond 4pm and 28.5 overs lost.
Second-placed Yorkshire know that if Derbyshire, who led the North Group by five points before the final round, beat Lancashire at Liverpool and accrue 20 points, there is nothing they can do.
But for now they will celebrate a highly impressive bowling display led by Coad, whose first wicket of Sam Evans was his 150th in firstclass cricket.
This is only his second game of the summer, having suffered a torn oblique muscle in the openinground victory at Durham last month. It is the same situation for new-ball partner Matthew Fisher (abdominal), who chipped in with three for 29 from 12 overs as swing and seam dominated under overcast skies.
Harry Swindells offered Leicestershire’s only significant resistance with a polished 36. But they were given a significant boost inside the first three overs of the Yorkshire reply after tea, with Alex Evans and Dieter Klein removing Tom Kohler-Cadmore and stand-in captain Adam Lyth respectively as Yorkshire slipped to four for two.
Will Fraine and Tom Loten, 11 and seven, steadied the ship.