After a break of 53 days 2nd XI red ball cricket returned – Day one was abandoned due to rain but day two started on time following a minutes silence. Yorkshire fielded four debutants.

Lancashire won the toss and asked Yorkshire to bat first on a green looking surface however James Wharton and Yash Vagadia looked assured and reached 50 in the 17th over although Wharton was dropped twice. They had posted 86 when Wharton was bowled by Jack Blatherwick for 43 from 94 balls with five fours and a six and lunch was taken at 92-1, Vagadia 34 not out.

The afternoon session saw the addition of only 72 runs in 36.5 overs for the loss of three further wickets. Vagadia completed his half century but was caught behind for 54 from 123 deliveries, Harry Duke was caught at slip, reverse sweeping, for 7 and debutant, Noah Kelly, was bowled for 6 – Tea 164-4.

After tea wickets continued to fall and Yorkshire were all out for 190 losing 9 wickets for 59 in 41.2 overs.

Seventeen overs remained and a welcome sight was that of Matthew Fisher with the new ball – he had an appeal for a catch behind the wicket in his first over but struck in his second. He bowled six consecutive overs with four maidens taking 2 for 5.

Ben Cliff also struck and a fourth wicket saw Kurtis Watson caught by Josh Sullivan from the bowling of his brother, Harry. Lancashire ended the day 33-4.

John Virr – 2nd XI Scorer

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