By John Virr – 2nd XI Scorer
Fielding a much changed and less experienced squad than two days earlier Yorkshire lost the toss and were asked to bat first in game one of this double header.
Will Luxton and James Wharton opened the innings and the power play of six overs resulted in 84 runs without loss and in the seventh over Wharton posted a 21 ball half century including 5 fours and 3 sixes. Luxton wasn’t far behind reaching his half century from 24 balls with 4 fours and four sixes.
Their century stand arrived in 41 balls and the 150 partnership from 71 balls. Wharton reached an explosive century from only 43 balls with 7 fours and 8 sixes, Luxton his from 52 balls with 8 fours and 6 sixes.
The 200 was reached from 92 balls and their partnership was unbroken as Yorkshire reached 257 without loss from their 20 overs – Wharton 139 not out and Luxton 104 not out.
Recently voted “Young Player of the season”, Ben Cliff struck in the first over and debutant, James Anson from Driffield Town twice in his first over to reduce SACA to 13-3. There followed a partnership of 43 from 34 deliveries before Jack Shutt ponced twice in his second over – he finished with 3-12 from his 4 overs and Academy players Jawad Akhtar and Josh Hoyle each took wickets as SACA were dismissed for 97. Akhtar 2-9 and Hoyle 2-23.
Game two saw Yorkshire again bat first. Will Luxton opened again and posted another half century from 32 balls but was caught at deep square leg just after for 51. Harry Duke made 40 from only 25 balls and Noah Kelly 18 from 13 but no-one else reached double figures as Yorkshire posted 150 all out in the last over.
Akhtar had Ali caught at mid wicket from the first ball of the innings and Cliff again struck in his first over, 1-2 and wickets fell at regular intervals: 20-3, 35-4, 52-5 and 72-6.
Rizvi made 24 from 14 and Akram 31 from 27 but they fell short being dismissed for 133. Cliff finished with 4-26 from 3.2 and Anson 3-24 from 4.
Yorkshire return to T20 competition activity on Monday with a double header at Riverside against Durham before taking on Lancashire in a one off game at Barnsley on Thursday 25th starting at 2pm.