Yorkshire's demolition squad

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Chris Silverwood and Paul Hutchison will be available again for selection this weekend, which is bad news for Yorkshire's opponents after the demolition performed upon Derbyshire by the current squad over the last three days. Derbyshire have been outbatted, outfielded and, more than anything, outbowled.

The case for their defence is thin. Losing the toss meant that Darren Gougn and company did have two hours' use of a pitch that was liveliest on the first morning but, in truth, apart from a little variation in the bounce from the Grandstand end, it never misbehaved.

Yorkshire also enjoyed the best batting conditions, the only real sunshine of the match, during the second afternoon and evening yet the sad fact is, from the time the Peakites were 79 for 5 on Wednesday, Yorkshire's 101st victory in the 196 fixtures since 1877 always seemed only a matter of time.

Not that the crowd, huddled up like the cast of Scott of the Antarctic, were amused to learn that Michael Vaughan had indeed a bone cracked in his left hand by a short-pitched ball from Matthew Cassar on Thursday evening and would miss the first Test. Nor, judging from the bouncers fired in Derbyshire's second innings, were Yorkshire's bowlers. Tim Munton, for one, went home with badly bruised forearms.

Headingley was cheered by a return to form of Matthew Wood who, after an extraordinary debut season in which he scored four centuries including 200 not out against Warwickshire, lost his place in the order and his place in a season of jitters, last year. Wood, a compact little right-hander with a fine span of off-side shots went from 38 not out to 100 in another 23 overs, creaming 13 fours. He was missed at slip by the unhappy Munton, when on 68 and 77, both off Trevor Smith and rode such luck imperturbably.

In the fielding reshuffle caused by Vaughan's absence, Wood found himself at third slip where he took a storming catch to dismiss Mike Di Venuto, who was threatening, as in the first innings, to put Yorkshire off their stride.

Cassar, who had roughed up Yorkshire's batsmen, was greeted by a flier from Gough, which he promptly hooked for six, dodged another and was then confounded by a deceptive change of length. Goughie, dander up, took three wickets for two runs in 16 balls and Rob Bailey was left looking at the smoking ruins.

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