Karl Carver, pictured when he received the Yorkshire Supporters’ Sally Marshall Emerging Player of 2012 award from David Crowther, spun his way to a career-best 6-43 as the Seconds beat Middlesex by 93 runs in their friendly match at Merchant Taylors’ School.
Karl’s figures were the best recorded in Second Eleven multi-day cricket by a Yorkshire bowler against Middlesex – beating Philip Berry’s 6-77 in 1994 – and Middlesex were at full strength.
Day 1 was lost to rain, and Yorkshire Seconds were 291-4 in their first innings at the close of Day 2, so there would need to be a declaration and forfeitures for either side to win on Day 3. Play again started on time, and Yorkshire batted on in search of quick runs. They eventually declared at 330-8; Middlesex forfeited their first innings and Yorkshire their second – leaving Middlesex a minimum of 97 overs to score the 331 needed.
The hosts were in a splendid position at 148-1 mid-way through the afternoon with Gubbins and Eskinazi each well past 50…but then Carver was brought on. By tea he had taken 4-19, and Middlesex had slipped to 185-5.
Quick thinking by wicket-keeper Andrew Hodd after tea ran out the dangerous Oliver Wilkin, who was dawdling back to his crease after his partner had refused a single. From then on it was really a case of prizing out the batsmen.
Carver took two more wickets, and Azeem Rafiq, 1-39, finished the job. Moin Ashraf had 1-17 from 12 very economical overs, and it was a happy day for Jordan Thompson, who was making his Second Eleven debut: his figures of 6-4-7-1 bode well for his future – and he can bat.
To rub salt into Middlesex`s wounds, within five minutes of the finish the rain began to fall.
Day 2: Wicket-keeping opening batsmanHodd (Gallery Picture) cracked a superb 165 as Yorkshire reached 291-4. Play began on time; Yorkshire skipper Will Rhodes lost the toss and was invited to bat. And bat they did.
Jonathan Tattersall and Hodd put on 59 for starters before Tattersall edged behind. Jonathan found it a low, slow wicket, but he had grafted his way to 18 with no boundaries when he failed to withdraw his bat in time.
In came Dan Hodgson…and stayed with his wicket-keeping compatriot for the next two and a half hours and 40 overs while they added a magnificent 158 – the highest second-wicket partnership against Middlesex by Yorkshire Seconds in multi-day cricket, although this is not a Championship match. Hodgson made 57 in 109 balls with seven fours.
Jack Leaning came for six and went to a splendid low catch by Adam London, and Hodd eventually succumbed to the off-spin of Freddie Fairhead for an outstanding 165 in 230 deliveries with 11 fours and a six. He batted for three minutes short of five hours, receiving standing ovations at 100, 150 and upon dismissal, all thoroughly deserved.
Rhodes, 23 not out, and Azeem Rafiq, six not out, upped the tempo with an unbroken stand of 15, but bad light and spots of rain caused play to be abandoned for the day at 5pm.
FOOTNOTE: Those present could have made half of a good Old England Eleven: Yorkshire’s Martyn Moxon and John Hampshire, followed by Clive Radley, were the batsmen, and Angus Fraser and Richard Johnson – the last man to take all 10 wickets in the County Championship – would have done the bowling.
Day 1 was abandoned without a ball bowled just after lunch, the outfield sodden from persistent rain since this morning. It had stopped raining by the time players and officials left the ground to return to their hotel, so we kept out fingers very tightly crossed for Day 2.
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