After winning the toss and electing to bat, Yorkshire were dealt an early blow as Alex Lees was removed LBW by James Tomlinson for 1, bringing Cheteshwar Pujara to the crease. Adam Lyth continued to play some nice strokes on his return to the side, with Pujara surviving a blow to the head from Edwards. Pujara, after being dropped moments earlier, brought up Yorkshire’s 50 as he steered Andre Adams through the slips for four. With the fifty partnership approaching Tomlinson found the edge of Pujara’s bat, squaring him up as Sean Ervine took a good catch at slip. Gale played some nice strokes as did Lyth, with Yorkshire finishing on 83-2 at Lunch, a hard-fought, purists session, on a slow Headingley pitch.
Yorkshire will head into their LV County Championship Division one match against Hampshire without the services of England Star Liam Plunkett, who breached the club’s strict code of discipline after failing to turn up to a pre-match training session. This therefore brings youngster Will Rhodes into the line-up.
Hampshire have called up young wicketkeeper Lewis McManus for his first class debut due to an injury to first choice Adam Wheater. Sean Terry also comes in for Jimmy Adams who is awaiting the birth of his second child, and left arm pace bowler James Tomlinson replaces spinner Danny Briggs. For the first time this season Hampshire will also be able to call on the services of the mercurial West Indian Fidel Edwards who has been signed to fill in for the injured Australian Jackson Bird.