Worcestershire got themselves into a good position on the second day of the match only to see a spirited fight back by Yorkshire with an unbeaten 8th wicket partnership which leaves the match fairly evenly balanced.
Yorkshire started their first innings with a opening stand of 40 between Adam Lyth and Joe Sayers. The partnership was broken in the 13th over with Ben Cox taking a fine catch at the wicket, giving Damien Wright his first wicket for Worcestershire.
Gareth Andrew, coming on first change at the New Road end of the ground picked up a wicket in his 2nd over with Joe Root caught at 1st slip by Vikram Solanki. Matt Mason struck three overs later to dismiss Joe Sayers for 15 after a stubborn innings lasting 67 deliveries, having him caught at 2nd slip by the skipper Daryl Mitchell. Less than four overs later Mason picked up his 2nd wicket, that of Jonathan Bairstow, caught at 4th slip by James Cameron with the score on 73. Yorkshire reached the lunch interval on 97-4.
After lunch Wright picked up his 2nd wicket of the innings after tempting Andrew Gale into edging a catch to Ben Cox for 27. When Rashid also fell to Wright's bowling, this time by a catch in the gully by Gareth Andrew the home side sensed an upset on the cards with the visitors now on 120-6.
Richard Pyrah and Gerard Brophy made 7th wicket stand of 35 together before Moeen Ali trapped Pyrah LBW for 19 with only his third ball to leave the score on 155-7. Brophy was already looking well set at the crease when he was joined by Ryan Sidebottom.
Any hope Worcestershire had of getting the last three wickets quickly were dashed by a combination of solid defensive shots by Sidebottom and some classic straight drives by Brophy. The pair comfortably saw the visitors to tea with the score on 197-7.
The final session belonged to Brophy and Sidebottom who seemed perfectly at ease against all the Worcestershire bowlers, even when the new ball was taken. Brophy passed his century on 168 balls and finished the day unbeaten on 118*, scoring 17 boundaries in the process. His partner contributed with some big shots of his own, with Sidebottom passing his 50 just before the close of play. Yorkshire ended the day on 284-7, having reduced the deficit to just 2 runs with Brophy and Sidebottom still unbeaten in a 8th wicket partnership of 129.
Close of play Day 2: Worcestershire 286. Yorkshire 284-7.