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Monumental batting holds off the Seconds

— 10 May 2013

Gurman Randhawa, above, struck 45 and took five wickets in the match, but only the Canterbury pitch won Yorkshire Second Eleven’s four-day “Friendly” against Kent and Surrey.

The South-East corner of the country escaped the wet weather suffered by most of the rest of the country on Day 4, and play began on time at 11pm. Nothing could prevent the hosts batting out time to finish on 355-8, and the game was called off at the start of the last hour.

This effort was led by Alex Blake`s monumental 162 from 185 deliveries with 30 fours and a six. Yorkshire had an early success on the last morning when skipper Daniel Bell-Drummond was caught behind off Wardlaw – who could have had two wickets in consecutive deliveries, but new batsman Ben Raine was dropped first ball in the slips.

Akil Patel completed his second half-century of the match, but he also was missed behind, and those two drops cost the White Rose over 80 runs. Moin Ashraf came back well at the end to finish with 3-62 from 18 overs, and his opening partner, Iain Wardlaw, had two scalps, as did Randhawa. Ben Coad picked up the other one.

We move onto Liverpool next week for the last of the “Friendlies” with Lancashire. Please note that the four-dayer against Derbyshire, beginning on May 28, has had to be moved to Stamford Bridge.

Day 3: Mosun Hussain, in his first four-day match for Yorkshire Seconds, fell an agonizing three short of a maiden century. He was caught for 97, having faced 179 deliveries and hit 11 boundaries.

Centurion Dan Hodgson was dismissed for the addition of only one to his overnight score, and Jack Leaning went 12 runs later. Yorkshire had to rebuild, and Mosun led the way in partnerships with Ed Wilson – 88 in 83 minutes – and Gurman Randhawa – 102 in 122 minutes. Once Mosun had departed at 453 all thoughts of emulating the first team yesterday by topping 500 disappered in a flurry of quick wickets.

Iain Wardlaw hit three handsome shots in his 19, and Yorkshire took a lead of 103 runs. Kent and Surrey were left with eight overs to face, and they got through to come in on 28-0, a deficit of 75. Yorkshire made one thunderous appeal for caught behind against Dan Bell-Drummond, but it was turned down.

Yorkshire need quick wickets on the last morning if they are to force a result. A total of 13 overs were lost in the day as play could not begin before 1pm. The forecast speaks of rain.

The batsman in Yorkshire Second Eleven deserve special mention for their continued superb form this season. Totals of 355-5 and 485 in successive matches bode well for the Second Eleven Championhip.

Day 2: An undefeated partnership of 160 between Dan Hodgson and Jack Leaning gave Yorkshire Seconds the momentum.

The day began under threatening clouds, but ended in bright sunshine. The early rain had stopped by the start of play at 11 am, but after 17 minutes it returned, and there was a delay of 28 minutes. No overs were lost.

Kent and Surrey’s Hampton and Shinwari proved difficult to dislodge, and they had added 30 by the time Iain Wardlaw trapped Hampton lbw, low and on the back foot. Shinwari was joined by last man Pickering, and proceeded to lay into all the Yorkshire bowlers as the pair added 62, Pickering contributing only a single.

The innings finally on 382 – the last two wickets having added exactly 100.

Yorkhire had two overs to survive before lunch, and duly did so, with Eliot Callis making his Second Eleven debut. The partnership developed after lunch until Alex Lees pulled a short one straight to Shinwari at square leg. Callis had batted circumspectly – but his debut innings ended when a nick found the wicket-keeper standing up. Yorkshire at 90-2 needed a mighty partnership to reduce the deficit of almost 300 runs. That is what they got.

Hodgson was joined by Leaning at 3.42pm, and by the close of play at 6.45 they were still together and Yorkshire were 160 runs richer. Leaning completed his second half-century of the season, but the hero of the afternoon was without doubt Hodgson who came in with a magnificent unbeaten  114. He has so far faced 218 deliveries, and hit 14 boundaries.

This was the team’s third century of the season – so Yorkshire Seconds have scored more centuries three weeks into the 2013 season than they did in the whole of 2012.

Day 1: Moin Ashraf endured a tough initiation as Yorkshire Seconds captain as the Kent and Surrey side ran up 299-8.

Yorkshire arrived to sunshine, blue skies and a light breeze – a happy precursor to the best day of the summer so far. Ashraf lost the toss, and the combined side not surprisingly took first knock. They made steady progress, but two wickets in quick succession – Bell-Drummond and Raine, a former Durham player trying his luck in the South, slowed progress.

A good stand followed between Akhil Patel, brother of Samit, and Alex Blake until Iain Wardlaw trapped Patel in front. Owen Robinson joined Blake, and they hoisted the total to 188 before Blake, after a very circumspect innings, hit Josh Shaw in the air to be well caught by Ben Coad.

Robinson followed soon afterwards, having never looked truly comfortable, and at 209-5 Yorkshire were back in the hunt. A sixth-wicket partnership of 70 between Surrey’s Burgess and Edwards swung the advantage back to the hosts, but…enter Gurman Randhawa.

Yorkshire’s left-hand spinner crowded the batsmen with five close fielders, forcing Dunn and Edwards to nick to Hussain and Lees. 282-8. Odds on that Yorkshire would have to bat last night, but Shinwari and Hampton, with a mixture of glorious leg-side shots and fruitless off-side swishes, ensured that Kent and Surrey would continue their first innings today.

The Yorkshire coaches professed themselves satisfied with the day’s performances. The day was particulrly satisfying for Matt Fisher who, upon bowling wicket-keeper Burgess, notched his maiden Second Eleven scalp.

The Second Eleven scores are available on match days via Total Cricket Live Scores. Here’s how to keep up with scorer and Yorkshire County Cricket Club website correspondent HOWARD CLAYTON:

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Select country as United Kingdom
Select region as Yorkshire and Club as Yorkshire

The lastest score should display! Clicking on scorecard should bring up the full scorecard.

Words and Statistics: HOWARD CLAYTON


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