Umpire Bainton's second Yorkshire tie in four days
— 9 July 2013
Opener Adam Lyth, above, cracked 102, and off-spinning skipper Azeem Rafiq snared 4-45 as umpire Neil Bainton officiated in his second Yorkshire tie in four days.
From Headingley and the tied T20 Roses clash on Friday umpire Bainton moved across to Weetwood for today’s Second Eleven Trophy clash with MCC Young Cricketers: Rafiq won the toss, batted, and Yorkshire raced to 279-9 in their 40 overs; the scores were level with four balls and one wicket left…but Zain Shahzad skied to Joe Sayers, who held it calmly.
One point to each side.
It was Yorkshire’s first ever tie in the Trophy, when a sun-dappled crowd saw 558 runs scored for 19 wickets. Yorkshire looked set for a total well over 300 at the half-way stage, but the innings slightly fell away. It was still their highest score in this competition, beating their 231 against Durham in the defeat at Marske-by-the-Sea in 2012.
Lyth led the way with 102 from 78 balls, including 11 fours and one six, ably supported by Dan Hodgson, 43, Rafiq, 35, and Alex Lees, 30. The general opinion at tea was that Yorkshire had 140 too many – but cricket is nothing if not a game of sometimes very nasty surprises.
MCC almost opened with a century stand – at 95 Rafiq caughtd and bowled Irish international Stuart Poynter for 51, and at 124 Rafiq had Chris Piesley caught for 56. The good work continued down the order: another Irish player, Shane Getkate, made 40, Shazad 39, and Graham Clark 36. Only Rafiq with his second four-wicket haul this season stemmed the tide.
The last over began with the last pair at the wicket and three required. A single from each of the first two balls brought the scores level…then Shahzad had a rush of blood and smacked the fatal catch to Sayers – who had been unfortunate to be run out in his own innings for 21.
The sun caused problems all day with viewing the screen, so while the game is on TCS your log-in details are slightly different for this one game only. Please follow this pattern:
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The scores should appear. Clicking on Scorecard should bring up the details.
The two teams move on to Stamford Bridge for the three-day Second Eleven Championship match, starting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11am, when the sons of famous fathers could be involved. Liam Gough (son of you-know-who) and Glenn Hoddle’s son, Jamie, are both in the MCC YC squad – as is Joe Root’s younger brother, Billy.