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Lancashire 2nd XI v Yorkshire 2nd XI (Day 2)

— 12 June 2014

Day 2:

The torrential overnight rain had stopped and given way to sunshine and blue skies but that did not prevent a delay until 2.25 pm before play was able to get under way. The ground was soaking wet and rain had seeped under the covers and the groundstaff needed every available minute to ensure play could finally get underway at all.

Once it did, Rafiq and Gibson continued where they had left off the previous day and extended their invaluable seventh wicket stand to 50 in almost an hour and a half. They also picked up a batting point along the way. However, both were dismissed within the space of one run and so, not for the first time this season, it was left to the bowlers and, once again, they did not disappoint.

For the third time this season, Ben Coad registered his highest score in the Championship, making 27 on this occasion in a ninth wicket stand of 37 with Josh Shaw (12). James Wainman also played a superbly timed on- drive (not bad for a number 11) before Shaw was dismissed and the innings closed on 225 with a second batting point achieved, which had seemed highly unlikely at 21/4 on the previous morning.
Lancashire began their innings with 34 overs to face and the bowlers and fielders then continued the efforts of the later batsmen with splendid work in the field accompanied by tight lines and persistent nagging lengths. One period of 44 consecutive dot balls delivered by the bowlers best illustrated the consistent levels of accuracy with which the Yorkshire bowlers were able to stifle their Lancashire opponents.

In the last over of the day, Josh Shaw finally penetrated the solid defence of Karl Brown and clipped the off stump to gain a deserved breakthrough for his team. Azeem Rafiq and Ben Coad had also built pressure and Gibson, Rhodes and Wainman had all gone at less than two an over. In fact, Lancashire have so far been able to score at no more than 1.60 runs per over, so well have the bowlers performed.

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