Thomas initiates feisty recovery after early collapse

Yorkshire 209 Glamorgan 248-8
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Glamorgan's feisty Ian Thomas and Yorkshire's perennial bad boy Steve Kirby can both expect disciplinary action after a boundary clash in this roller-coaster match. Thomas, bludgeoning Yorkshire's seamers on this lively pitch, was given out to a catch behind by the umpire John Holder and, made it plain, by extravagant mime,that he believed the ball had brushed his side pad.

As he marched off he passed Kirby, at deep fine-leg, who apparently suggested that Thomas had failed to observe the Laws. The ensuing conversation, it seems, would have been intelligible only to late-night Channel Five viewers. Amused as both teams were, the umpires will need to enforce the peace in their report.

After two more starts interrupted by rain Glamorgan were rocked by Chris Silverwood's opening burst of 3 for 25 in seven overs. Thomas initiated a recovery in his counter-attack, tactics endorsed in an audacious 51 from Matthew Maynard, much the best batting of the match so far. Once again Yorkshire's edge was blunted by no-balls and loose direction; Darren Gough, expected to play tomorrow, is needed. Richard Blakey, enjoying rare sunlight, caught four of the first six, Jon Hughes 40 yards from the wicket.

Mark Wallace profited most from the indiscipline, pulling Kirby for six and, weather permitting, there could be an exciting finale today.

The Twenty-20 competition, due to start here on 14 June, has so captured the imagination of Yorkshire's public, admittedly soggy after a winter of Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday, that tickets are to be sold at £2 per adult with free admission for children under 16 if accompanied by an adult. Channel 4, scheduled to show this fixture, has fled to Worcester.

In the First Division, rain wiped out all but nine overs of Leicestershire's match with Middlesex at Grace Road. Leicestershire moved from 136 for 8 to 167 without further loss in reply to the visitors' first innings of 201. "This match is still quite delicately poised," said the the Leicestershire captain Phil DeFreitas. "We feel we still have an opportunity to win it, and I am sure Middlesex do as well, so it would be nice to play a full day."