By John Virr – 2nd XI Scorer
Yorkshire ended day 3 on 36-1, trailing by 388. George Hill and Noah Kelly had advanced their partnership to 46 when Kelly was bowled by Weldon for 20. This brought Will Luxton to the crease and they remained unbeaten when lunch was taken at 169-2. Luxton was 25 not out from 75 balls whilst Hill looked in excellent form – he posted his half century from 71 balls with 9 fours and shortly before lunch he reached his century from only a further 45 deliveries with a further 7 fours and at lunch he was 104 not out.
The pair had extended their partnership to 183 when Hill was caught at backward square leg for 138 from 168 balls – the score 216-3. Luxton was bowled soon after for 38 made from 120 balls. Yash Vagadia and Harry Duke had added 37 when, on the stroke of tea, the former was caught behind for 23. Duke departed 7 balls after tea for 31 caught at slip.
The game seemed to be meandering to a draw but not before Dominic Leech made 42 from 49 balls before holing out at long on and at 5.01 pm with Yorkshire 339-7 hands were shaken and the match was drawn.
YCCC 8 points Northamptonshire 9 points.
We return to Weetwood on Monday 26th June for another Championship game against Derbyshire.
After playing only 47.4 overs on the first day, day two was completely washed out (the sixth complete wash out of the season) and day three commenced 40 minutes late due to damp areas.
Northamptonshire resumed at 147-5; Procter and Upadhyay had already added 8 for the 6th wicket and continued to set a new club record stand for their Second Eleven 6th wicket of 213. Procter reached his 50 from 136 balls with 5 fours with his partner recording his from 96 balls (5 fours; 2 sixes) and at lunch they had advanced to 242 from 80 overs.
The new ball was taken immediately after lunch and should have struck in the 82nd over but Procter was put down on 81 and he proceeded to reach his 100 from 229 balls with 12 fours. Upadhyay reached his ton shortly before tea from 195 balls with 10 fours and 4 sixes. Tea was taken at 348 their partnership having consumed 405 deliveries.
Immediately following tea it was akin to “waiting for a bus and then 2 come along” as Procter fell to a fine 1 handed catch by Harry Duke off Leech and 8 balls later Simon Kerrigan was equally well caught at mid off by Ben Cliff to give Shutt his second. Upadhyay was caught at backward point by George Hill for Shutts 3rd victim (123 from 220 balls).
Weldon and White added a bright and breezy 44 in 23 balls and Northampton declared on 424-8 leaving Yorkshire with 18 overs to bat.
Finlay Bean and Noah Kelly safely negotiated the first 11 overs before Bean was caught low at 1st slip for 16. Skipper George Hill joined Kelly and they were still together at the close 26-1.
Red ball Cricket returned with the resumption of the Second Eleven Championship at Weetwood against Northamptonshire.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat and were 39 without loss in the ninth over when George Hill took a catch at first slip to dismiss Whiteman for 30 from 32 deliveries giving Dominic Leech his first wicket. In came skipper, Luke Procter and he remained unbeaten at lunch on 18 from 56 balls.
Hill had Azad caught at the wicket by Harry Duke for 18 from 64 balls and shortly before lunch Jack Shutt had Buchake caught behind for 2 and Leech claimed his second wicket, Gouldstone, courtesy of a neat low catch at 3rd slip by Noah Kelly. Lunch 81-4.
Post lunch Procter and Berg took their partnership to 58 before the latter was well caught at square leg by Will Luxton to give Joel Gunn his first wicket.
At 2.53 pm “the heavens opened” with Northamptonshire 147-5. An early tea was taken at 3.30pm and despite several inspections the decision was taken at 4.45pm that no further play was possible.