Yorkshire got off the mark on Wednesday in the 2nd XI T20 competition, winning both games against Nottinghamshire in the delightful setting of Trent College.
Jack Leaning (102) scored our first century in the competition in its third year and our total scored in the second game (196/9) was our highest ever.
Nottinghamshire won the toss and asked Yorkshire to take first knock on what proved to be a slow wicket, hard to score on. Bowlers ruled in this first encounter, none more so than the spinners (Adam Tillcock and Sam Wood) who both restricted the scoring to mostly singles. Only Richard Pyrah (44 from 34 deliveries with two boundaries and two maximums) managed to get enough leverage to send the ball distances.
The final total of 136/8 did not seem adequate but this game never stops showing you just how wrong you can be as Notts were dismissed for just 93 with Pyrah adding 4/13 to his efforts with the bat. He was superbly supported by Moin Ashraf who took 4/19.
The outfield catching and ground fielding were superb throughout the Nottinghamshire reply and drew frequent applause from those watching.
Nottinghamshire won the toss and invited Yorkshire to bat first.
Yorkshire innings – A Z Lees c Hutton b L Wood 10; J A Tattersall (Capt) c Kelsall b Gurney 6; D M Hodgson (WK) ) c Kelsall b Hutton7; J A Leaning st Cross b S K W Wood 19; W M H Rhodes LBW Tillcock 6; R M Pyrah c Hutton b Fletcher 44; A Rafiq b Gurney 15; J Shaw Run Out (Fletcher) 3; B O Coad Not Out 6; M A Ashraf Not Out 3.
Did Not Bat – Karl Carver
Extras – 17 (3 lb; 10w; 4nb)
Total (8 Wkts) 136 (20 overs)
Fall of Wickets – 1/11 (Tattersall); 2/25 (Lees); 3/32 (Hodgson); 4/41 (Rhodes); 5/63 (Leaning); 6/99 (Rafiq); 7/124 (Pyrah); 8/127 (Shaw)
Bowling – Gurney 4-0-38-2; Fletcher 4-0-20-1; L Wood 2-0-13-1; Hutton 2-0-9-1; Tillcock 4-0-26-1; S K W Wood 4-0-27-1.
Nottinghamshire innings – S Kelsall (Capt) c Rhodes b Pyrah 6; M H Cross (WK) LBW Ashraf 7; B M Shafayat c Rhodes b Carver 10; S K W Wood c Rafiq b Pyrah 4; A D Tillcock c Rhodes b Pyrah 1; B A Hutton b Rafiq 8; H Azad c Hodgson b Ashraf 21; L J Feltcher c Leaning b Ashraf 13; S Seymour c Lees b Ashraf 10; L Wood Not Out 1; H F Gurney c Lees b Pyrah 0.
Extras – 12 (3 lb; 9w)
Total (All Out) 93 (18.2 overs)
Fall of Wickets – 1/12 (Cross); 2/18 (Klsall); 3/24 (S K W Wood); 4/30 (Tillcock) 5/40 (Shafayat); 6/54 (Hutton); 7/77 (Azad); 8/89 (Fletcher); 9/92 (Seymour); 10/93 (Gurney)
Bowling – Ashraf 4-0-19-4; Coad 3-0-6-0; Pyrah 3.2-0-13-4; Carver 4-0-22-1; Rafiq 4-0-30-1.
Yorkshire (2 pts) beat Nottinghamshire by 43 runs
Nottinghamshire again won the toss but this time, elected to bat. And bat they did as Stephen Mullaney replaced Harry Gurney for the second clash and smashed an unbeaten century in just 48 deliveries with eights fours and seven sixes. He was at the crease for just 54 minutes and created absolute mayhem.
The Yorkshire bowlers had no answer and both Pyrah and Ashraf (2/73 in their combined efforts as against 8/32 first time around) took the brunt of the punishment.
So, if the pitch had originally appeared a bit sluggish, it was more responsive as the constant sunshine had had a positive effect during the first game. Only Karl Carver (2/23 in his four overs) could look back on the innings with any satisfaction
So Yorkshire would have to re-write the record books if they were to make it a double in the sun. And they got off to a shaky start, being 87/5 in the thirteenth over, requiring another 109 in 47 deliveries. The effort seemed futile but no-one had reckoned with Jack Leaning, who was just 7* at the time.
He finally found a partner in Oliver Robinson and he pair added 39 in 3.2 overs to get the momentum going. By this time, Leaning was firing on all cylinders and the final over began with him on 102 and a dozen required from the final six balls.
But he then went for his eighth six and failed by about a foot as Adam Tillcock took the catch at deep square leg. Leaning had batted for just 75 minutes and faced 54 deliveries, hitting seven sixes and five fours in his monumental effort.
So numbers 10 and 11, better known as Moin Ashraf and Karl Carver, were left to finish what Leaning had started. And they did just that, scrambling the required two runs of the final ball of the game.
The turning point had been the 18th over, bowled by Luke Wood, which contained 11 deliveries and conceded a mammoth 36 runs. The over include four no balls, three of which attracted free hits, and one wide. Leaning was particularly severe o the young left-armer, purloining 24 runs, including a four and three sixes.
So new records again fro the 2nd XI as Jack Leaning hit the highest individual White Rose score and their first century and the team recorded their highest score and their best-ever run-chase.
Nottinghamshire won the toss and chose to bat first.
Nottinghamshire innings – S Kelsall LBW Rafiq 28; M H Cross (WK) b Carver 21; S J Mullaney Not Out 103; B M Shafayat st Hodd b Carver 8; S K W Wood c Robinson b Ashraf 24; A D Tillcock c Carver b Pyrah 5; B A Hutton Not Out 0;
Did Not Bat – H Azad, L J Fletcher (Capt); S P Seymour; L Wood.
Extras – 6 (2lb, 2nb, 2w)
Total (5 Wkts) 195 (20 overs)
Fall of Wickets – 1/45 (Kelsall); 2/57 (Cross); 3/67 (Shafayat); 4/163 (S K W Wood); 5/175 (Tillcock)
Bowling – Ashraf 4-0-39-1; Shaw 3-0-27-0; Robinson 3-0-45-0; Rafiq 4-0-25-1; Carver 4-0-23-2; Pyrah 2-0-34-1.
Yorkshire innings – A Z Lees c Fletcher b L Wood 4; J A Tattersall (Capt) b S K W Wood 27; D M Hodgson LBW Fletcher 0; J A Leaning c Tillcock b Hutton 102; R M Pyrah st Cross b Tillcock 11; A Rafiq Run Out (Kelsall); A J Hodd (WK) b Tillcock 3; O E Robinson c Cross b Fletcher 14; J Shaw c Azad b Fletcher 4; M A Ashraf Not Out 7; K Carver Not Out 3.
Extras – 17 (1b, 2lb, 4w, 10nb)
Total (9 Wkts) 196 (20 overs)
Fall of Wickets – 1/7 (Les); 2/16 (Hodgson); 3/47 (Tattersall); 4/83 (Pyrah); 5/87 (Rafiq); 6/97 (Hodd); 7/136 (Robinson); 8/173 (Shaw); 9/184 (Leaning)
Bowling – S K W Wood 4-0-27-1; L Wood 3-0-51-1; Hutton 4-0-38-0; Fletcher 4-0-33-3; Tillcck 4-0-30-2; Seymour 1-0-14-0.
Yorkshire (2 pts) beat Nottinghamshire by 1 wicket
Howard Clayton (2nd XI Scorer, Yorkshire CCC)