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Yorkshire start with fine victory

— 10 April 2013

Yorkshire won by 294 runs
2nd Innings
Leeds MCCU 121 all out
SA Patterson 6 4 5 2 0.83 LE Plunkett 11.5 4 33 6 2.78 Azeem Rafiq 18 7 50 1 2.77
JA Brooks 7 1 23 0 3.28 RJ Sidebottom 5 2 8 1 1.60

Yorkshire 289-2 dec
Lees 121
Lyth 111

First Innings
Leeds MCCU 118
Yorkshire 244

Yorkshire completed a resounding 294-run victory over Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities at Headingley today. Alex Lees and Adam Lyth recorded centuries this morning before Liam Plunkett led the way with six wickets during the afternoon and evening sessions. 


The visitors were set a target of 416 in a little under two sessions, so it was more about whether the White Rose could take 10 wickets to prepare for Wednesday’s LV= County Championship opener against Sussex in winning fashion.


And that is exactly what they did as Plunkett and Steve Patterson (2-5 from six overs) combined to reduce Leeds/Bradford to 17-5 inside 12 overs of their second innings. 


 While there some middle and lower order resistance from the likes of Alex MacQueen’s 30 and Will Vanderspar’s 37 post tea, Plunkett finished with the pick of the figures to bowl Leeds/Bradford out for 121 inside 48 overs. 


Plunkett’s 6-33 from 11.5 overs were the best figures of his career, and a nice belated birthday present to himself after turning 28 yesterday.


Yorkshire began the day on 192-0 in their second innings with both Lees and Lyth on the cusp of hundreds.


Lyth was the first to reach that milestone – his sixth in first-class cricket – and he went on to post 111 off 223 balls.


Lees’s effort, on the back of a ton against Northamptonshire during last month’s pre-season tour of Barbados, was his maiden first-class century. He brought it up with a swept four off MacQueen’s off-spin, the 227th ball he faced. 


However, he would have been mightily relieved to have been given not out just a few balls before when attempting to sweep the same bowler whilst on 98.


That came after Lyth had been caught at mid-off as he looked to loft MacQueen over the top, leaving the score at 221-1 in the 75th over. Lees eventually fell for 121 off 278 balls when he was bowled by Harry Rouse to leave the score at 272-2 in the 92nd.


There was a short period of consolidation either side of lunch from Joe Sayers (20 not out) and Andrew Gale (unbeaten on nine) – no doubt mainly aimed at getting some valuable time in the middle during the early stages of the summer – before the declaration came at 289-2 after 101 overs.


Aside from the morning session of day one, in which the students enjoyed plenty of success with the ball, Yorkshire dominated the contest.


And there was no respite for Leeds/Bradford when they started their second innings.


Jonny Bairstow took excellent catches behind the stumps to get rid of openers Henry Thompson and Nick Gubbins. Thompson gloved behind down the leg-side off Plunkett before Gubbins edged in first slip’s direction off Patterson.


Jonathan Webb then miscued a pull off Plunkett to Gale at cover before Daniel Young was trapped lbw by Patterson to make it four wickets to fall in 18 balls for the addition of only eight runs.


Yorkshire did not have to wait too long for a fifth wicket – Plunkett’s third. And it was Jack Brooks who took a stunning diving catch at mid-on to get rid of University captain Luis Reece. The sixth wicket fell just before tea when Rafiq bowled Rouse.


Vanderspar and MacQueen then shared 43 for the seventh wicket to hold Yorkshire up after tea, but Sidebottom trapped the latter lbw as he played around an inswinger before Plunkett returned to the attack to bowl Vanderspar, have Charlie MacLeod caught at short-leg by Lees and James Lee caught by Sidebottom at long-leg to complete his debut six-wicket haul.

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