Yorkshire shrugged off their disappointments of the previous day with two Second Eleven T20 victories yesterday against the England Development Programme Under-19s at Loughborough. Will Rhodes, library picture, weighed in as run-getter, wicket-taker…not to mention a catch and a run-out.
Game 1: We were back to a lot of regular players as those who had been making their List A debuts in the one-day win against Middlesex at Headingley returned to the Seconds – yet none made the impact of newbie Oliver Robinson, a debutant the day before.
Yorkshire won the toss, chose to bat and Robinson began his all-round contribution: he made 53 from 31 deliveries with one four and five sixes…and then weighed in with 2-10. Around Robinson there were contributions from Ryan Gibson, 30, and sharp cameos from MosunHussain, Matthew Fisher – including a ramped four off JoshShaw, enjoyed by all the Yorkshire contingent – and Gurman Randhawa to ensure a competitive total of 169-8
As with all good England sides there have to be at least two Yorkshiremen to provide the spine – but James Tattersall, captaining the EDP XI, and Shaw were unable to get anywhere near the 170 needed. EDP were never able to establish any partnership of note, and only Surrey`s Dominic Sibley, 34, and a hard-hit 25 from Shaw were innings of substance.
After Robinson the bowlers of note were spinners Randhawa and Azeem Rafiq, who each took two wickets, with Ben Coad, James Wainman and Fisher chipping in. Their efforts ensured a thumping win by 54 runs.
Game 2: Yorkshire again won the toss and batted. Hodgson and Gibson opened with the hard-hitting approach they had employed Game 1, but Gibson holed out without scoring. Rhodes top-scored with 36, IanWardlaw smacked 33 in 13 balls with four sixes – one sailed over the ECB offices and kept going – and an amazing 30 from Mosun as well as 28 from Dan Hodgson ensured a decent total of 169, although Yorkshire were out in 18.2 overs.
Mosun`s innings burst into life when he hit a Shaw no-ball for four. The free-hit, also a no-ball, went out of the ground for six, and the legal second free hit went for four as well. An eight-ball over eventually cost 22, and Yorkshire were under way.
The EDP XI made a much better fist of their reply this time, and it looked close as they advanced to 74-1 in the 10th over. Skipper Rafiq then introduced his trio of spinners - Randhawa, Karl Carver and himself – who all completed their four-over spells for combined figures of 2-70, which may not look great but it snuffed out the EDP’s boundary-hitting.
Eight boundaries came in the six overs before spin was introduced…and in the next 12, all bowled by the spinners, only three. This piled pressure on the batsmen and induced two run-outs. The winning margin of 22 runs was comfortable.
Yorkshire complete their T20 programme on Monday at Denby CC against Derbyshire. This is already a season which has revealed the real steps the squad has taken towards learning to play the shortest form of the game.
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