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Young Tykes need to learn fast
8:00am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Sport
Yorkshire's experiment with youth ended with their ninth defeat from 12 games in the YB40 competition and coach Jason Gillespie warning their inexperienced players they must improve if they are to establish themselves in the first team.
Having suffered early defeats in the competition Yorkshire have since used it as a test for some of their outstanding Academy players and, despite encouraging performances, suffered the consequences by struggling to compete at times against more experienced opposition.
It was a similar situation for their final match of the competition after setting a modest 215 for five, a total Glamorgan passed with seven balls remaining to claim a four wickets victory that earned them a semi-final at Hampshire.
"We're delighted at how are young lads are coming through and getting this experience of first class cricket and being put under pressure but we need to see an improvement," said Gillespie.
"We are seeing a little bit and this season has been a great opportunity for these young lads to just see what it takes to be first class cricketers."
Dan Hodgson, at 23 and nearly a veteran of the side, delivered a gutsy 90 off 98 balls after being hit on the jaw by a Simon Jones bouncer that required two lots of treatment, while Kyle Williamson and Adam Lyth showed their experience to hit 45 and 44 and at least guide Yorkshire past 200 and provide an experienced Glamorgan line-up with a test.
On a slow wicket than restricted all batsmen who wanted to accelerate, Hodgson played as well as anyone and hit eight fours and a six, helping to forge a 100-run partnership with Williamson after Yorkshire slipped to seven for two with Jonathan Tattersall, an 18-year-old batsman from Harrogate, suffering a duck on debut by playing on.
Hodgson perished in the 34th over when he clipped Graham Wagg to backward point but Lyth's 44 off 43 balls and Jack Leaning's unbeaten 24 off 20 balls helped Yorkshire add 47 in the final five overs.
Glamorgan suffered a similarly shaky start with Gareth Rees holing out to deep mid-wicket and Mark Wallace caught at square leg off Moin Ashraf inside the first eight overs of their reply, but a superb 84 from 78 balls by Chris Cooke, which included six fours and two sixes, provided the foundation for victory.