Wicket-keeper Dan Hodgson, above, spied a full Nelson – 111 not out – in Yorkshire Seconds’ two-match Twenty-20” Friendly day” with Durham Seconds at York CC.
It was in Game 2 that Hodgson piled up his “ton” – Yorkshire closing on a monumental 237-2, only to see Durham knock them off to win by seven wickets – but it was in Game 1 that Yorkshire made their own bit of history by notching up their first win in professional cricket’s shortest format after three years of asking.
Yorkshire won the toss on a showery day in Game 1, and elected to field. Durham were soon 30-1 when Graham Whiles had Singh caught by Gurman Randhawa, but skipper Gordon Muchall compiled 49 in a stand of 140 with opener Tom Latham, the promising New Zealander who has already played a few one-day-internationals and Twenty20s for his country.
Latham blasted 105 in 58 balls including four sixes before he was caught off Lewis Stabler, 2-32, and the total reached 195-5.
Durham kept the outlook bleak for Yorkshire, dismissing the top four batsmen for 45 runs thanks to opening bowler Harrison, 3-24, and first change Ireland, 1-37.
Will Rhodes, 40, and Jack Leaning put Yorkshire back on track with a partnership of 73, advancing the total to 118-5. Yorkshire still needed 80 to win with seven overs left, but youth prodigy Matthew Fisher made a swift 20 in eight balls before Leaning scored the winning runs to come in on a top-score 69 off 37 balls, including two sixes and nine fours.
Yorkshire were home with exactly one over to spare. Although this was a “Friendly” it was Yorkshire Seconds’ first win in the shortest format, coming in the third year of Seconds’ Twenty20 matches.
This time Durham won the toss and put Yorkshire in. Hodgson and MosunHussain, 48,smacking 97 runs in the first six overs before Hussain’s wicket fell. Hodgson maintained his fine form with new partner Leaning, 55 not out, reaching 111 not out in 60 balls. Yorkshire totalled 237-2, their highest Twenty20 score, although this was a non-competition match.
Leaning had Clark stumped by Hodgson at 3, but Durham picked up the pace with Arshad, 56, and opener Singh putting together a partnership of 125 before Arshad was caught by Eddie Wilson. Another big partnership of 71 between Singh, 93, and Muchall took Durham to 199-3, and this despite decent bowling efforts from Karl Carver, 1-27, and Rhodes, 1-29: these two left Durham three overs in which to get the 38 runs still needed.
They managed it… thanks to another good knock from skipper Muchall, with 66 not out. The fourth pair took Durham to 240-3 with three balls to spare and victory by seven wicket.
The progress of the Yorkshire Seconds’ batsmen this season is a testament to the sheer graft put in over the winter by players and by the coaches led by Paul Farbrace, who deserves the lion’s share of the praise.
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