Eliot Callis (Worksop College picture) brightened the gloom for Yorkshire Seconds when he cracked his maiden century for them before Lancashire ran home victors by 10 wickets on Day 2 of their Championship match at Todmorden.
Lancashire made 330 in reply to Yorkshire’s 152 – a lead of 178 – and when Eliot and Jonathan Tattersall walked out to begin the long haul to make Lancashire bat again they must have promised themselves that they would show the opposition the talent they undoubtedly have.
Callis did just that: he was eighth out for his maiden Second Eleven century – exactly 100 – made from 165 deliveries, with 11 fours and two sixes. He batted for 11 minutes short of four hours, and held the innings together like superglue.
It was yesterday`s batting hero, Liam Livingstone, who dismissed him with one that kept low the ball after he had completed his hundred. IainWardlaw made 30 with seven fours, and Dan Hodgson again batted well for his 26.
Yorkshire took the last three wickets during the morning for the addition of 78 to Lancashire’s first-innings total, and so found themselves facing a huge deficit. Karl Carver, Matthew Fisher and Wardlaw each took a wicket.
A victory target of 48 was never going to be enough, and Alex Davies and Karl Brown knocked them off in 5.4 overs. Lancashire’s 10-wicket victory and the 24 points gained leaves them top of the Northern Division of the Secnd Eleven County Championship.
Yorkshire`s last competition game of the season begins at York CC on Wednesday at 11am against Nottinghamshire – and one point will see the White Rose attain a team century…100 points for the season.
Day 1: Wicket-keeper Dan Hodgson (Gallery Picture) led the way with 53 – but Yorkshire were bowled out for 152 and Lancashire were 100 ahead on 252-7 at the close.
For the second Roses encounter in two days Yorkshire Seconds won the toss and elected to bat…and for the second time in two days they quickly found themselves in trouble at 13-3, with Eliot Callis, Jonathan Tattersall and Jack Leaning all gone. Skipper Will Rhodes followed at 37, and a rescue act was desperately needed.
Step forward Hodgson and, not for the first time this season, OliverRobinson, 32. They added 61 for the fifth wicket, but Robinson was trapped in front by the last-but-one before lunch and Yorkshire had to start again at the beginning of the afternoon.
Moin Ashraf, 18, was only the third batsman to reach double figures, but he did steer the side past 150 and to a single batting point. A first-innings total of 152 was never likely to cause the Red Rose too many problems, and so it proved.
Karl Brown – 57 from 45 deliveries with 12 fours and a six – and Liam Livingstone with his third hundred of the season against Yorkshire ensured a lead of 100 by close of play.
Following up Tuesday’s monumental effort in the one-day Trophy game between the two sideseffort – and having already hit a century at Marske-by-the-Sea in the T20 competition, Livingstone showed his all-round adaptability with a Championship “ton” from 113 balls with 11 fours and four sixes.
Robinson followed up his runs with 3-36, and Iain Wardlaw, Ben Coad, Rhodes and Carver took a wicket each. Coad also pulled off a stunning one-handed catch, leaping to prevent the ball clearing the boundary for yet another maximum to dismiss Livingstone. This brought the spectators to their feet, and Coad deserved all of the applause.
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