By John Virr – 2nd XI Scorer
Yorkshire continued their fine form in this years T20 North Group making it eight wins from eight games and in the process ensuring their presence at finals day on 15th June. It appears that Finals day is no longer at Arundel but at Wormsley the home of Sir Paul Getty.
Notts won the toss and asked Yorkshire to bat first. James Wharton was caught at cover in the second over for 7 followed by Finlay Bean being caught at mid on for 1. Batting at 4, 17 year old Noah Kelly showed maturity beyond his years as he made 42 from 35 balls adding 131 for the third wicket with Will Fraine and in the 16th over Yorkshire were 146-3.
Fraine had reached a half century from 33 balls (8×4; 1 six) and despite losing Hill (11 from 6) and Duke( 5 from 5) he had reached 92 at the start of the last over – he continued his fine form and scored 21 leaving him unbeaten on 113 from 62 deliveries with 13 fours and 5 sixes as Yorkshire posted 199-6.
In reply Nottinghamshire reached 46-3 at the close of the powerplay – wickets for Vagadia, Cliff and Coad. Harrison made 20 from 19, Ahmed 24 not out but wickets fell at regular intervals and they finished at 143-9 to give Yorkshire a 56 run victory.
This left Yorkshire top of the group with net run rate meaning that they were almost certain of qualifying for finals day and they confirmed this in style in game two.
Our hosts batted first and despite Slater making 18 from 12 balls they found themselves 57-3 inside the powerplay. Former Tyke, Tom Loten, made 44 from 35 (5 fours) and Fateh Singh 54 from 36 (6×4;2×6) as they posted 183-6. Two wickets each for Hill and Cliff.
Wharton and Fraine resumed their opening partnership and remained unbeaten as they passed our hosts total with 4.1 overs to spare. Their unbeaten partnership of 185 equalled the record for the first wicket in Second Eleven T20 competition.
James Wharton made 68 no from 39 balls with 8 fours and 2 maximums but it was the star of the day, Will Fraine, who again made the headlines with an unbeaten 107 from only 56 balls with 16 fours and 3 sixes leaving him with a total for the day of 220 runs from 118 balls with 29 fours and 8 sixes.
I can find details of two individual centuries in an innings and two centuries in a game but not that 1 player has scored centuries in two games on the same day.
Next there are two more away games at Ramsbottom 6th June against Lancashire 2pm and the final fixture v Derbyshire at Duffield on 8th June 2.30 pm.