Coad puts York­shire in charge of must-win game

At Head­in­g­ley York­shire (36-2) trail Le­ices­ter­shire (124) by 88 runs

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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.

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