Richard Pyrah the skipper…Richard Pyrah the batsman…and then Richard Pyrah the bowler turned Yorkshire’s Second Eleven Championship match against Glamorgan at Headingley on its head and gave the White Rose victory by 78 runs today. Yorkshire go to the top of the Northern Group.
The cause looked lost as Yorkshire began Day 3 on 101-8 in their second innings – an overall lead of 146 after two first-innings declarations. Pyrah, 37 not out overnight, walked out with Ben Coad, and they extended their ninth-wicket stand to 61 before Pyrah was caught for 71. Coad’s splendid support act of 17 from 72 balls in 78 minutes ended soon afterwards, but Yorkshire were able to set their opponents a target of 207 from a minimum of 74 overs.
Some 40 minutes were possible before lunch, and although the run-rate was a worrying four per over two good wickets were claimed – not by the slips, as three catches went down in that area, all off Iain Wardlaw, who was not overly pleased.
Wardlaw quickly claimed the third Glamorgan wicket after lunch as wicket-keeper Dan Hodgson took a good diving catch to dismiss the dangerous Ben Wright, and Glamorgan shut up shop before 2pm. Wickets had to be prized out, but thanks to Pyrah, 3-29, Wardlaw, 3-30, Moin Ashraf, 2-23, and career-best Championship figures of 2-25 by Karl Carver the victory was wrapped up at 4.06 pm with almost 35 overs left.
Yorkshire take 23 points, and Glamorgan five. This is the first time in four years that Yorkshire have secured two Second Eleven Championship wins in the same season. They move to the top of the Northern Group with three results outstanding from that group. Yorkshire are two points ahead of Nottinghamshire, who have played a game more.
To round off a marvelous day for the Club after the First XI ran up 617-5 against Derbyshire and three Yorkies appeared for England together against Australia at Lord’s five more were selected for the England Under-19 tri-series against Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Our congratulations go to Karl Carver, Will Rhodes, Josh Shaw, Jonathan Tattersall and Matthew Fisher – who at 15 years and 10 months at the time of the August tournament will be the youngest ever to play for England Under-19s in an international match if he is selected.
Day 2: Yorkshire enter the last day only 146 runs ahead with two second-innings wickets standing – a far cry from the close of Day 1, when Glamorgan were 39-0 in reply to Yorkshire first innings 304-6 declared.
Captain Richard Pyrah stood firm, and at tonight’s close he was on 37, but the Yorkshire’s second innings had imploded to 101-8, a lead of only 146 with one day to play after Glamorgan had declared at 259-7. Only DanHodgson, 27, and James Wainman, 13, have managed to reach second-innings double figures.
Glamorgan declared at tea, Karl Carver having taken 2-66 and with a wicket each for Moin Ashraf, Pyrah, Oliver Robinson and Wainman. The declaration caused something of a commotion, not having been announced, and the scorers were in a frantic scrabble to finish one innings, start the next and update the board – all accomplished in time for the first ball.
Yorkshire’s second innings became a procession as JonathanTattersall, Jack Leaning and Will Rhodes – all of whom had registered half-centuries first time around – managed eight runs between them. Pyrah played some of the best shots of the match as he and Wainman added 32 for the seventh wicket.
Another dismissal was never far away, but at least Yorkshire have two wickets remaining with which to try to eke out a further 20 to 30 runs. A fourth-innings target of 200 would appear fanciful, but cricket never fails to surprise.
The main damage has been done by Dominic Reed, who took 4-25 in nine overs to start the collapse. He became the second visiting bowler in two days – after Murphy in the first innings – to achieve career-best figures in the Second Eleven Championship.The time will come tomorrow when a similar feat by a Yorkshire bowler or two will be welcome.
Would all visitors to this page please note that the start time for the One-Day Trophy at Pudsey Congs on Friday between the same sides will be 11am. and not 12 noon as originally announced? This has been mutually agreed by the two teams and approved by ECB.
Day 1: Jonathan Tattersall, gallery picture, opened up with 60, and JackLeaning and Will Rhodes followed with 77 and 89 as Yorkshire hit 304-6 declared in their first innings. Glamorgan were 39-0 by the close.
Yorkshire won the toss, elected to bat, and claimed the full four batting points yet again this season. Tattersall, with his 60 in 112 balls with nine fours, and Leaning – 77 in 174 balls with eight fours – added 84 for the second wicket, followed by Rhodes joining Leaning to add 87 for the third wicket.Rhodes, 89, failed to reach the magical three figures as he chased a wide one to be caught behind after facing 163 deliveries and hitting nine fours.
Rhodes was dismissed at 301, and Iain Wardlaw followed two balls later. Yorkshire called a halt with five overs to bowl, but they got through seven: Glamorgan, through their captain, Stewart Walters, and left-handed Nick James raced to 39 without loss. Jack Murphy, called up to replace the injured Huw Waters for Glamorgan, returned career-best figures of 4–50 from 16 overs, ably supported by Ruaidhri (Rhodri) Smith with 2-60 from 21.
At one point Smith, an English surnamed but Scottish-born player, was bowling at one end with the Irish-named Murphy at the other. To complete the international flavour both were trying their utmost for a Welsh county.
Yorkshire`s bowlers need to find better lines tomorrow, as too many deliveries were on left-handed James’s legs or were half-volleys to Walters. The batsmen prospered.
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