Yorkshire v Bradford/Leeds UCCE, Headingley April 16, 2008

Vaughan fails against student attack

Cricinfo staff

England's captain, Michael Vaughan, continued his poor recent form when he fell for a sixth-ball duck in his first match of the season for Yorkshire against the students of Bradford and Leeds UCCE.

Vaughan managed only 123 runs at 20.50 during England's recent series victory in New Zealand, but any hopes of starting the home summer with a bang vanished when he was caught behind off the bowling of the left-arm new-ball bowler Harry Gurney.

Gurney, 21, has played just one first-class match for his native Leicestershire, against Northamptonshire last September. One consolation for Vaughan was that, although his dismissal was embarrassing, it won't count against him in the official averages as this fixture does not have first-class status.

Vaughan's duck came a day after he said he wanted to stop opening for the England Test side and drop down to No. 3 in a swop with Andrew Strauss. By the close of the first day, his Yorkshire team-mates had made light of his failure, reaching 384 for 6 thanks to a century from Jacques Rudolph.

Yorkshire's first Championship match isn't until April 23, when Hampshire come to Headingley for a First Division clash. England's three-Test home series against New Zealand, meanwhile, starts on May 15 at Lord's.