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Worcestershire restricted by Adil Rashid haul

LV= COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP, DIVISION ONE, New Road:
Close, day one: Worcestershire 286 v Yorkshire
Yorks 3pts, Worcs 2pts
Match scorecard


LV County Championship

Adil Rashid took six wickets as Yorkshire bowled newly promoted Worcestershire out for 286 on day one of the Division One clash at New Road.

Daryl Mitchell and Gareth Andrew both hit 49 as Worcestershire's middle order struggled against the leg-spinner.

They looked set for a modest score as Rashid (6-77) restricted them to 218-9.

But Matt Mason blasted an equal career-best 63 off 54 balls in a last-wicket stand of 68 with Alan Richardson to help them to respectability.

After winning the toss and batting, Worcestershire looked comfortable until Rashid embarked on a spell of three wickets in 30 balls.

Vikram Solanki drove a catch to Joe Sayers at short mid-wicket and Mitchell fell lbw one short of his half-century, before the Rashid-Sayers combination accounted for Alexei Kervezee.

After Moeen Ali edged Steven Patterson behind to wicketkeeper Jonathan Bairstow, Worcestershire recovered as Andrew launched a counter-attack.

But Rashid bowled the all-rounder as the first of three more scalps in quick succession before Mason played an entertaining cameo, bringing up his half-century with six off returning Tyke Ryan Sidebottom before being run out by Patterson off his own bowling to bring the day to a close.


BBC Hereford & Worcester's Dave Bradley reflects on the opening day at New Road:
"A fascinating day, the whole complex of it being changed by Matt Mason's amazing innings. When was the last time he took a drink when batting?

"His six to go to 50 drew a standing ovation from some of the New Road faithful and it was not all slogging, two superb pulls through mid-wicket off Sidebottom will stay in the memory.

"It was a strange old day all round with the leg-spinner Rashid not only on before lunch but taking six wickets. As some pointed out, when was the last time a leggie took six in an innings before the Grand National had been run?

"Rashid bowled very well and must have impressed selection supremo Geoff Miller, after being harshly treated, some would say, on the winter tours.

"Worcestershire looked to be going well but Solanki will not be pleased with the way he went and they recovered again only for Andrew, a much improved batsman, to go playing a rather rash shot to Rashid.

"All in all an enthralling day, those that came saw some good cricket and got a sun tan."



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