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Double century for Alex in big win for Yorkshire

— 13 May 2011

Alex Lees, pictured, followed in the footsteps of first-teamer double-centurion Jonathan Bairstow when he hammered 26 fours in his 204 for Yorkshire in their Second Eleven friendly match against A Kent-Northamptonshire XII at Beckenham.

If you are going to score your maiden century for the Seconds make it a big one! So Alex Lees did – in an innings lasting seven hours – and with a second-innings century from Gary Ballance to go with his first-innings 75 Yorkshire outgunned their hosts by 174 runs.


The Seconds’ annual pilgrimage to Beckenham saw runs aplenty after Yorkshire had won the toss and decided to bat. There were two partnerships of 131 in their first innings – Lees and Ballance added that sum for the second wicket, and Lees and Eddy Wilson, with a 50 in his second successive innings, did the same for the sixth.


It was Lees who dominated the innings before he fell rather tamely to a bouncer from Gavin Baker which took the edge as the batsman ducked but failed to lower his bat. The tail wagged sufficiently for the declaration an hour after lunch on Day 2 with exactly 500 on the board.


The joint team batted as confidently as the visitors without uprooting too many trees, and by the close they had 145 for the loss of three wickets, opener Ben Howgego reaching 50. By lunchtime on Day 3 Howgego had more than doubled that – and another 50 followed before he was caught, the eighth success for Yorkshire who strived hard on this batsmen’s paradise.


Nobly, the joint team’s captain declared 130 behind on first innings, no doubt realizing that Yorkshire would add to their lead and set a target on the last day – probably the only way Kent and Northamptonshire could win. Yorkshire did not disappoint – in 44 overs they lost three wickets as they added 243 to their lead. The declaration came 50 minutes into Day 4, leaving a target of 375 in a minimum of 80 overs remaining.


Wickets came at regular intervals, and apart from Rob Newton’s run-a-ball 50 no one was able to establish himself. Two wickets were taken by lunchtime, five in the afternoon and the rest before the umpires could signal the last hour. There were seven wickets in the match for paceman Oliver Hannon-Dalby and five for left-arm spinner David Wainwright, the best of the Yorkshire bowlers.


It was a happy bunch of players who travelled northwards through the rush-hour traffic of the inner London suburbs, but it’s back to business next week. The Seconds travel to Knowle and Dorridge for a Trophy match and to Coventry for a Championship fixture with Warwickshire. Will they be as happy a bunch this time next week?


A correspondent has asked about the origin of joint-county sides playing Second Eleven friendly cricket. It was in 2004 that Yorkshire first played a Kent and Middlesex XII at Beckenham, hosting the return match at York in 2005.


The idea was to fill in gaps in the fixture list and to give counties – particularly those in the South, where many players are summer-contracted only, rejoining their clubs when school or or university terms end – a fixture to give their “stay-at-club” players a game and a taste of four-day cricket.


The match just concluded against Kent and Northamptonshire was the fifth against them in what seems to have become an annual fixture. The results: won two, lost two, drawn one.


The drawn fixture in 2008 was memorable for Martin Saggers, of Kent, taking all nine Yorkshire wickets to fall in their first innings before the match was abandoned so that the Beckenham ground could be prepared for a Kent First Eleven cup-tie against Somerset when the Canterbury ground was flooded.


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Second XI Friendly A Kent-Northamptonshire XII v Yorkshire
Monday, May 09 2011 (11:00) at Worsley Bridge Road, Beckenham










Yorkshire Won won by 174 runs
 







Yorkshire won toss and decided to bat

 





























Yorkshire (1st Innings) A Kent-Northamptonshire XII (1st Innings)
500 for 9 dec (142.0 overs) 368 for 8 dec (116.0 overs)
8 Hours, 57 Minutes. 7 Hours, 0 Minutes.
Yorkshire (2nd Innings) A Kent-Northamptonshire XII (2nd Innings)
243 for 3 dec (44.0 overs) 201 for 10 (63.5 overs)
2 Hours, 51 Minutes. 3 Hours, 47 Minutes.

 








Yorkshire (1st Innings)


















































































































































Batsman     Runs Balls Mins 4s 6s S/r
GS Ballance lbw b GC Baker 75 119 155 14 0 63.03
CJ Geldart c DS Lucas b DJ Willey 3 8 11 0 0 37.50
AZ Lees c SW Billings b GC Baker 204 351 427 26 0 58.12
DJ Wainwright lbw b DJ Burns 27 64 88 3 0 42.19
JB Hargreaves lbw b A Neale 5 22 33 0 0 22.73
AE Lilley lbw b DJ Burns 0 6 9 0 0 0.00
E Wilson+ c DJ Burns b A Neale 52 118 136 7 0 44.07
GS Randhawa   b DA Burton 12 35 47 0 0 34.29
BW Sanderson c CD Piesley b DJ Burns 44 78 88 4 1 56.41
JAR Blain* not out   35 49 66 3 1 71.43
OJ Hannon-Dalby not out   3 10 9 0 0 30.00
Extras 16nb 4w 17lb 3b 0pen 40
Total 500 for 9 dec

 








































































































Bowler O M R W Wd Nb S/r Econ
DS Lucas 18.0 4 52 0 0(0) 0(0) 0.00 2.89
DJ Willey 13.0 2 60 1 0(0) 1(2) 79.00 4.62
JH Day 9.0 1 54 0 1(1) 3(6) 0.00 6.00
GC Baker 29.0 6 105 2 1(1) 2(4) 88.50 3.62
A Neale 34.0 6 112 2 2(2) 0(0) 103.00 3.29
DJ Burns 20.0 4 49 3 0(0) 0(0) 40.00 2.45
CD Piesley 4.1 0 12 0 0(0) 0(0) 0.00 2.88
DA Burton 14.0 3 36 1 0(0) 2(4) 86.00 2.57

 











































































Batsman Fall of Wicket Partnership Batsmen Over
CJ Geldart 1-4 4 CJ Geldart(3) GS Ballance(1) 1.5
GS Ballance 2-135 131 GS Ballance(74) AZ Lees(45) 39.3
DJ Wainwright 3-220 85 DJ Wainwright(27) AZ Lees(54) 62.5
JB Hargreaves 4-255 35 JB Hargreaves(5) AZ Lees(26) 71.4
AE Lilley 5-260 5 AE Lilley(0) AZ Lees(4) 74.2
E Wilson 6-391 131 E Wilson(52) AZ Lees(71) 111.1
AZ Lees 7-403 12 AZ Lees(4) GS Randhawa(6) 114.6
GS Randhawa 8-417 14 GS Randhawa(6) BW Sanderson(7) 122.5
BW Sanderson 9-492 75 BW Sanderson(37) JAR Blain(31) 138.6

 








A Kent-Northamptonshire XII (1st Innings)








































































































































































Batsman     Runs Balls Mins 4s 6s S/r
BHN Howgego c AZ Lees b OJ Hannon-Dalby 180 330 394 22 0 54.55
CD Piesley c E Wilson b OJ Hannon-Dalby 1 8 10 0 0 12.50
RI Newton lbw b OJ Hannon-Dalby 23 30 40 4 0 76.67
SW Billings*+ lbw b JAR Blain 40 76 98 7 0 52.63
RI Keogh c E Wilson b OJ Hannon-Dalby 13 35 31 2 0 37.14
CRG Vernon   b DJ Wainwright 9 32 62 1 0 28.13
DJ Willey c GS Ballance b GS Randhawa 13 31 41 1 0 41.94
GC Baker c and b DJ Wainwright 5 36 34 0 0 13.89
DJ Burns not out   33 101 100 3 0 32.67
DA Burton not out   6 21 26 1 0 28.57
DS Lucas                
A Neale                
JH Day                
Extras 8nb 13w 10lb 14b 0pen 45
Total 368 for 8 dec

 





























































































Bowler O M R W Wd Nb S/r Econ
OJ Hannon-Dalby 25.0 3 77 4 2(2) 0(0) 38.00 3.08
BW Sanderson 15.0 0 61 0 1(5) 2(4) 0.00 4.07
JAR Blain 12.0 2 38 1 0(0) 0(0) 72.00 3.17
DJ Wainwright 32.0 13 57 2 0(0) 0(0) 96.00 1.78
GS Randhawa 22.0 6 54 1 0(0) 0(0) 132.00 2.45
AE Lilley 6.0 1 17 0 0(0) 0(0) 0.00 2.83
JB Hargreaves 4.0 0 40 0 2(6) 2(4) 0.00 10.00

 




































































Batsman Fall of Wicket Partnership Batsmen Over
CD Piesley 1-8 8 CD Piesley(1) BHN Howgego(2) 2.3
RI Newton 2-43 35 RI Newton(23) BHN Howgego(11) 12.2
SW Billings 3-127 84 SW Billings(40) BHN Howgego(37) 38.6
RI Keogh 4-145 18 RI Keogh(13) BHN Howgego(4) 48.2
CRG Vernon 5-199 54 CRG Vernon(9) BHN Howgego(35) 63.1
DJ Willey 6-255 56 DJ Willey(13) BHN Howgego(35) 74.6
GC Baker 7-282 27 GC Baker(5) BHN Howgego(21) 87.4
BHN Howgego 8-352 70 BHN Howgego(35) DJ Burns(25) 109.1

 








Yorkshire (2nd Innings)


















































































































































Batsman     Runs Balls Mins 4s 6s S/r
GS Ballance c A Neale b JH Day 109 114 136 12 2 95.61
CJ Geldart c RI Keogh b A Neale 22 34 55 2 0 64.71
AZ Lees lbw b DJ Burns 4 6 5 1 0 66.67
DJ Wainwright not out   73 75 110 8 0 97.33
JB Hargreaves not out   23 35 34 2 0 65.71
AE Lilley                
E Wilson+                
GS Randhawa                
BW Sanderson                
OJ Hannon-Dalby                
JAR Blain*                
Extras 0nb 3w 8lb 1b 0pen 12
Total 243 for 3 dec

 





























































































Bowler O M R W Wd Nb S/r Econ
DA Burton 7.0 0 50 0 0(0) 0(0) 0.00 7.14
GC Baker 4.0 0 22 0 2(3) 0(0) 0.00 5.50
DJ Burns 17.0 0 83 1 0(0) 0(0) 102.00 4.88
JH Day 7.0 1 27 1 0(0) 0(0) 42.00 3.86
A Neale 7.0 0 38 1 0(0) 0(0) 42.00 5.43
RI Keogh 1.0 0 7 0 0(0) 0(0) 0.00 7.00
CD Piesley 1.0 0 7 0 0(0) 0(0) 0.00 7.00

 

































Batsman Fall of Wicket Partnership Batsmen Over
CJ Geldart 1-80 80 CJ Geldart(22) GS Ballance(47) 13.3
AZ Lees 2-85 5 AZ Lees(4) GS Ballance(1) 14.4
GS Ballance 3-199 114 GS Ballance(61) DJ Wainwright(53) 33.6

 








A Kent-Northamptonshire XII (2nd Innings)








































































































































































Batsman     Runs Balls Mins 4s 6s S/r
BHN Howgego c E Wilson b OJ Hannon-Dalby 12 32 42 1 0 37.50
CD Piesley c GS Ballance b GS Randhawa 18 39 54 2 0 46.15
RI Newton   b DJ Wainwright 52 53 60 8 0 98.11
SW Billings*+ c (sub) b OJ Hannon-Dalby 35 84 91 3 0 41.67
RI Keogh c GS Ballance b OJ Hannon-Dalby 1 23 36 0 0 4.35
CRG Vernon lbw b DJ Wainwright 3 21 20 0 0 14.29
DJ Willey lbw b BW Sanderson 35 53 66 2 1 66.04
GC Baker c CJ Geldart b DJ Wainwright 0 8 11 0 0 0.00
DJ Burns lbw b GS Randhawa 1 20 17 0 0 5.00
DA Burton not out   13 34 39 3 0 38.24
A Neale c GS Ballance b BW Sanderson 8 18 14 0 0 44.44
DS Lucas                
JH Day                
Extras 4nb 7w 2lb 10b 0pen 23
Total 201 for 10

 







































































Bowler O M R W Wd Nb S/r Econ
OJ Hannon-Dalby 12.0 1 45 3 3(7) 0(0) 25.00 3.75
BW Sanderson 7.5 0 24 2 0(0) 1(2) 24.00 3.06
GS Randhawa 19.0 6 36 2 0(0) 0(0) 57.00 1.89
JAR Blain 4.0 0 31 0 0(0) 1(2) 0.00 7.75
DJ Wainwright 21.0 7 53 3 0(0) 0(0) 42.00 2.52

 


















































































Batsman Fall of Wicket Partnership Batsmen Over
BHN Howgego 1-32 32 BHN Howgego(12) CD Piesley(17) 10.3
CD Piesley 2-51 19 CD Piesley(1) RI Newton(13) 13.1
RI Newton 3-105 54 RI Newton(39) SW Billings(13) 26.2
RI Keogh 4-132 27 RI Keogh(1) SW Billings(22) 37.4
SW Billings 5-133 1 SW Billings(0) CRG Vernon(0) 39.2
CRG Vernon 6-139 6 CRG Vernon(3) DJ Willey(3) 42.4
GC Baker 7-151 12 GC Baker(0) DJ Willey(12) 44.6
DJ Burns 8-168 17 DJ Burns(1) DJ Willey(10) 51.2
DJ Willey 9-191 23 DJ Willey(10) DA Burton(13) 59.2
A Neale 10-201 10 A Neale(8) DA Burton(0) 63.5

 

















Weather: Sunny Pitch: Hard
Umpires: AGB Wharf RL Collins
Referee:
Scorers: M Snook CA Booth

 


Words and Statistics: MICHAEL SNOOK


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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