For the second day running, no one was busier than the groundstaff here. Having toiled in vain on Wednesday, they did at least facilitate a start at tea time yesterday, even though their victory against the weather was shortlived.
Only 14 overs were possible, although this was enough time for Yorkshire to introduce Mitch Claydon to Championship cricket. Solidly built, the 23-year-old fast bowler is essentially Australian, but has Yorkshire roots as his father hails from near Harrogate.
He is no Jason Gillespie, whose delayed arrival, along with an injury to the South African, Deon Kruis, has left Yorkshire short of experience in the pace department. Yet he posed occasional menace to the title holders and dismissed their stand-in captain, Jason Gallian, who edged a drive to the wicketkeeper. None the less, a scoring rate of five an over and only one casualty represented a decent start for the champions after being put in. Meanwhile, the Yorkshire physiotherapist, Scott McAllister, suggested that Michael Vaughan could be back in action "sooner rather than later" after the injured England captain had another gentle indoor net on Wednesday.
Vaughan's participation in the Test series against Sri Lanka still looks unlikely, but England will allow him to play for Yorkshire when he feels ready and a reappearance next month now looks possible.Reuse content