Dan Hodgson, above, hit 87 and the Seconds made it a magnificent double for Yorkshire when they won their three-day Roses “Friendly” match at Northop Hall by five wickets.
Set a commanding total of 354 to win once Lancashire had declared their second innings at 209-6, Yorkshire knew they had at least 80 overs, a reasonable target of slightly more then 4.5 runs per over.
Left-hand openers Alex Lees and Joe Sayers started well with a partnership of 93, but Sayers followed Lees within one run and two new batsmen had to start again. That did no deter the two wicket-keepers as Hodgson was joined by Andrew Hodd in a third-wicket partnership of 135 which started to make it interesting.
Hood eventually was bowled for 74, but Hodgson was last out for 87 to make it 324-5, only 30 away from glory. Captain Richard Pyrah did his bit with a hard-struck 41 from 27 deliveries – and Jack Leaning smote an unbeaten 40 from 27 deliveries – including the match-wining six with four balls left.
The Red Rose attack all suffered, but they were unlucky to lose Tom Smith, their most successful bowler, to an injury in his seventh over. He was unable to bowl again in the match.
This is a real confidence builder for the Second Eleven, and the batting has already shown that it can build the totals to keep Yorkshire competitive when the serious business begins on Tuesday, May 28.
The team will have to change for next week`s trip to Canterbury as the firsts lose players to the England Lions. Those losses will be felt much less keenly after this pulsating result.
Day 2: Skipper Richard Pyrah was the pick of Yorkshire’s bowling bunch – but his Yorkshire Second Eleven entered Day 3 of their “Friendly” Roses clash at Northop Hall needing to bat out of their skins.
While Yorkshire were dishing it out to Derbyshire at Headingley in the LV County Championship the Seconds were having it dished out to them. Resuming their first innings at 25-1 Yorkshire progressed to 59 before wickets began to fall regularly, and six had gone for 112, with a deficit of over 200 facing the White Rose.
Will Rhodes hit 41, his highest score for the Seconds, and he continues to look good at the crease. Gurman Randhawa made 21 and Moin Ashraf 10 in two balls, but a final total of 185 left Yorkshire 144 runs behind. At least they avoided the follow-on.
Lancashire added 147 in their second innings by close of play, an overall lead of 291, but Yorkshire kept the run-rate under four per over, with Pyrah’s 2-23 off eight overs the pick of the attack. Yorkshire must now bat most of the day – to survive…or to win.
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Day 1: Paceman Moin Ashraf bowled as well as anyone to take 3-40 as Yorkshire toiled in their return Second Eleven Roses “Friendly” at Northop Hall while Lancashire ran up 329-8 declared in their first innings.
A full first day under blue skies and sun began with the Red Rose winning the toss and chosing to bat. Richard Pyrah led the White Rose, having been released from Headingley where the first team were playing Derbyshire in the LV County Championship.
Yorkshire gained an early success as Scarborough centurion Alex Davies was dismissed for nought in the second over, but a good second-wicket stand between Andrea Agathangelou, 40, and Tom Smith, 89, set them on the right track.
Once this partnership had been broken Yorkshire got among the wickets, and at 196-5 they were most certainly back in it. Wayne White`s 67 and Oliver Newby’s 58 turned the tables, and Lancashire were able to declare on 329-8, Pyrah and Iain Wardlaw each picking up two wickets.
Yorkshire were left with six overs to face at the end of the day – time enough to lose Scarborough centurion Alex Lees first ball. Joe Sayers and Dan Hodgson prevented any more shocks before the stumps were pulled up.
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Lancashire 2nd XI 1st innings
Batsman Runs Balls Mins 4s 6s S/r
T Smith c A Hodd b M Ashraf 89 203 249 17 0 43.84
A Davies+ c J Leaning b M Ashraf 0 2 5 0 0 0.00
A Adathangelou c A Hodd b R Pyrah 40 102 136 5 0 39.22
J Clark lbw b R Pyrah 20 20 23 4 0 100.00
W White c W Rhodes b I Wardlaw 67 116 163 11 0 57.76
S Parry* c A Hodd b M Ashraf 2 3 5 0 0 66.67
O Newby b I Wardlaw 31 58 52 6 0 53.45
L Livingstone c A Hodd b W Rhodes 35 43 61 7 0 81.40
A Lilley not out 28 33 39 3 1 84.85
T Bailey not out 0 1 0 0 0 0.00
Extras – 17
Total – 329 for 8 dec
Bowler O M R W
I Wardlaw 16.0 3 60 2
M Ashraf 16.0 4 40 3
R Pyrah 15.0 5 30 2
B Coad 12.0 5 28 0
G Randhawa 23.0 5 95 0
W Rhodes 5.0 0 29 1
J Leaning 5.0 0 26 0
L Stabler 4.0 0 16 0