County cricket talking points: Yorkshire and Somerset on top in One-Day Cup

In this week’s round-up Gary praises Ashar Zaidi, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Somerset’s old boys and Gloucestershire’s bits-and-pieces man Benny Howell

By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Reminding me a little of that scene in Alien, the Royal London One-Day Cup burst back into life after five weeks of slumber with a slew of midweek matches. Yorkshire went top of the North Group with two wins in a week, the first a 191-run annihilation of Leicestershire and the second a well-managed chase of 252 to defeat Nottinghamshire. Travis Head (175) and James Leaning (131*) put Leicestershire’s bowlers to the sword with a third-wicket stand of 274 but, cricket being cricket, they both got ducks three days later. What kind of old game is it?

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