Alex Lees, one of the hottest properties in English cricket,showed why he can establish himself in the Yorkshire first team with a scintillating unbeaten 171 against Derbyshire at Queen’s Park on day one of the LV= County Championship match.
Along with Phil Jaques, they became history makers setting a new record for the highest partnership for the second wicket against Derbyshire, a record that has took 103 years to break.
“We get on really well me and Phil,” said Lees, after recording a 311 run partnership for the second wicket.
“He’s a great player. We were really enjoying ourselves out there. It was nice a day. We worked hard to get over the new ball, and we were just looking to be nice and positive. He played a great innings as well.
“Me and Jaquesy dug in and put on a real partnership, and there’s no better way to put pressure on a team with lots and lots of runs and a big partnership. We go into tomorrow with eight wickets in hand and three days cricket left to play.
“It’s not easy up front with the new ball – there’s quite a bit of bounce there. We’ve got brilliant seamers and a top quality spinner, and we just need to lay down the platform to give them the best chance.”
“I really enjoyed my time out there today, and I was quite fortunate that I got a decent number of runs.
It had been an eventful day for Lees, who earlier had signed a new contract that will keep him at Yorkshire until December 2015 and the Halifax-born opener revealed that he doesn’t want to play anywhere else but for the White Rose county.
“I’m just really enjoying playing for Yorkshire at the moment, and I didn’t take much persuading to sign,” he said. “I’m really enjoying my time here at the moment. I think we’ve got a great team ethos, and it’s a good place to be.”