By John Virr – 2nd X1 Scorer


Day four

Lancashire started day four on 54 without loss and had advanced to 75 when Ben Cliff took a fine low catch at fine leg to dismiss Fonseca for 42 made from 53 balls. This brought Captain, George Lavelle to the wicket and they remained together at lunch having added 76 in 114 balls and our visitors lunched at 151-1.

Debutant Alex Wade was introduced to the attack immediately after lunch and in his 4th over he bowled Singh for 64 (his 50 had arrived from 81 balls). Also brought in to the attack post lunch was Dom Bess and he bowled Dickinson for nought and Lancashire were 190-3. This brought Rocky, the first of Andrew Flintoff’s sons, to the crease but he became Bess’s second victim, well caught at mid on by Wade.

Dom Leech returned and he took an excellent low catch off his own bowling to dismiss Lavelle for 80 made from 109 balls with 16 fours. Josh Boyden was lbw to Bess leaving a batting partnership of Joe Chapple, son of Glen, and Corey the second of Flintoff’s sons.

Chapple was stumped by Harry Duke off Bess and his 5th wicket came when Duke caught Barnard – his 6th arrived a ball later when Hussain was bowled. Mickey Edwards completed the innings having Parkinson caught behind by Duke. Lancashire dismissed for 266. Bess 6-53.

The follow on was enforced and there were 31 overs remaining. Edwards had Singh caught low at 1st slip by Wharton in the first over and Fonseca went caught at mid on by Wade off Ben Cliff and our visitors were 6-2. However, Lavelle and Dickinson steadied the ship and at 5.15pm with Lancashire 53-2 the game finished as a draw.

Yorkshire 15 points Lancashire 11 points.

Day three

Resuming at 115-1, Harry Duke replaced Matthew Revis who had travelled with the 1st XI to Bristol. Duke and Luxton added 50 in 73 balls before Luxton reached his century from 107 balls with 18 fours and 2 sixes. Duke also reached his half century from 81 balls with 6 fours and they remained unbeaten at lunch – 259-1.

Post lunch they advanced the total to 320 before Luxton was caught behind off Barnard for an excellent 188 from 213 balls with 30 fours and 5 sixes. His 150 had arrived from 175 balls and together with Duke they added 205 from 307 balls.

My colleague, Garry Morgan, searched his records and believes that Will’s 188 is the highest score for Yorkshire 2nd X1 in a Roses clash beating 172 by Alex Morris in 1995 and the 2nd highest Yorkshire 2nd X1 individual score at Headingley behind Anthony McGrath who made 203 in 2005.

Dom Bess made 10 before being taken at the second attempt at slip and Harry Duke had reached 93 from 178 balls when he was caught at mid on – 356-4. Will Bennison was caught at mid off for 9 and Dom Leech went in the same way for 1.

Noah Kelly was joined by Mickey Edwards and at tea Yorkshire were 380-6. We batted a further six overs after tea declaring at 430-8; Edwards was caught at long on for 24 from 22 balls, debutant Alex Wade was run out for 1 but Noah Kelly remained not out on 44 from 66 balls.

Singh and Fonseca opened for Lancashire and in the 9 overs possible before bad light halted play they had raced to 54 without loss.

Day two

Due to the recent adverse weather conditions the game was switched from Bradford Park Avenue to Headingley and changed to Tuesday to Friday.

Day 1 also fell victim to the weather but due to the amazing efforts of the Groundstaff, Day 2 got underway only 15 minutes late. Skipper, Will Luxton won the toss and elected to bat first on a cool and breezy day.

Luxton and James Wharton added 48 in only 43 balls before the latter played on to Josh Boyden having made 18 from 16 deliveries. Matthew Revis, available for only the first 2 days of this game, came in at number 3 and he and Luxton remained unbeaten when rain came and an early lunch was taken at 12.48pm.

They had added 67 in 62 deliveries, Revis 31no from 30 deliveries (7 fours) and Luxton 62no from 59 deliveries (14 fours). At lunch 115-1 from 17.3 overs.

Play was called off for the day at 3.15pm.

Day one

Day one of the Roses clash was abandoned without a ball bowled.

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