On the day the 1st XI won to regain top place in their pursuit of the Championship, the 2nd XI, temporarily at least, went to the top of the Northern Group after they crushed Durham by 185 runs at Windy Hill Lane today. They won the toss and batted on what looked to be a cracking pitch and so it proved as Rhodes (63) Hodd (54) and Hodgson (77) all smacked the ball to all parts of the ground and out of it on frequent occasions as well.
But their efforts were just a prelude to the most blistering assault on the opposition by any Yorkshire player for many a year and that includes Mr Finch`s effort at old Trafford.
It was Richard Pyrah who took the Durham bowlers to the cleaners with 128 from just 73 deliveries. He hit 13 mammoth sixes and five boundaries and the local Umpire, Alan Clark, spent as much time off the field, fetching replacement balls as he did counting to six on the field. Richard`s score of 128 is the highest-ever by any Yorkshire player in the 2nd XI Trophy.
He and Dan Hodgson added 196 for the fourth wicket from just 117 deliveries, the highest ever fourth wicket stand for
Yorkshire against anyone in the 2nd XI Trophy. And the last 19 overs produced an incredible 237 runs at 12.47 runs per over.
Yorkshire`s final total of 383/5 was their highest ever team total in the Trophy against all opponents. Not a bad day`s work and the lunch break was buzzing for at least half of those having lunch.
Durham began their reply with an absolutely hopeless task before them and were soon 21/2 with Ashraf and Wainman making the initial breakthroughs. . The only partnership of note was one of 68 for the eighth wicket between Usman
Arshad and Matthew Milnes, with Milnes just missing his 50 on 49 and Arshad completing his on 53.
For Yorkshire, Richard Pyrah (who else today ?) took 3/30 and Azeem Rafiq 3/29. Ben Coad had the other two wickets.
So Yorkshire recorded their fourth one-day win of the season.
They now have two games left in the Trophy and the game against Leicestershire at Barnsley in early August now assumes massive proportions.