Given the weather throughout the whole of the morning session and an early lunch take at 12.30 pm, the fact that play was then able to begin after a large mopping-up session and continue to a late tea at 5.10 pm was a miracle in itself.
In all, 46 overs of play were possible and Yorkshire, having won the toss and invited Lancashire to bat first, had spent those 46 overs chasing the ball around the ground, and, on occasion, searching for it outside the ground as well.
Openers Karl Brown (78) and Alex Davies (34) had added 70 for the first wicket and then Brown and Stephen Croft had added a further 109 in just 74 minutes to further the position o the Red Rose side, who ended on 201/2 with Croft unbeaten on 80 and Jordan Clark on 8.
Azeem Rafiq and Josh Shaw were the successful bowlers with Shaw bowling some especially good deliveries at Clark who preferred to steer edged shots through the slips and was lucky to survive when bad light caused an end to the day`s play with 16 overs left. In all , 58 were lost from the day`s play and tomorrow`s forecast does not hold out much hope of anything better.
Lancashire 2nd XI v Yorkshire 2nd XI 2nd XI Friendlyat Northop Hall CC
Yorks 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field
Lancs 2nd XI (1st innings) – A L Davies (WK) c Shaw b Davies 34; K R Brown c Hodgson b Shaw 78; S J Croft Not Out 80; J Clark Not Out 8
Extras – 1 (1 lb)
Total (2 Wkts) 201 (46 overs)
Fall of Wickets 1/70 (Davies)l 2/179 (Brown)
Bowling – Ashraf – 11-1-50-0; Pyrah 11-3-38-0; Shaw 6-2-24-1; Robinson 8-1-36-0; Rafiq 6-0-44-1; Carver 4-0-8-0.
Howard Clayton (Scorer, Yorks 2nd XI)
Again, the weather forecast threatened to allow virtually no play but, again, it was fair to say that the weather forecast was inaccurate. Play began almost on time and continued to lunch at 1.15 pm with just a 20-minute interruption. Yorkshire’s bowlers managed much tighter lines than on the first day and had some success with Josh Shaw, again the pick of the bowlers, removing the dangerous Jordan Clark, who had notched the sis sixes in one over last year at Scarborough.
Further success followed as Shaw removed Liam Livingstone for just 14. This gave Shaw final figures of 3/44 in 13 overs, his best-ever figures for the second XI Again, Livingstone had been a thorn in Yorkshire`s side, registering centuries in each of the three formats against us in 2013. Karl Carver chipped in with the wicket of Stephen Parry and Lancashire lunched at 299/5 and Yorkshire had taken three wickets in the morning for just 97 runs.
However, they had been unable to remove Stephen Croft who eventually was dismissed for 197. With that, Lancashire declared on a mammoth 427/7 and Yorkshire had some 47 overs to bat to see out the day.
Unfortunately, they were unable to make any inroads at all and, in the 25 overs that were possible before bad light ended play at 6.52 pm, the Tykes had slipped to 99/9 with only Azeem Rafiq (21) and Jonathan Tattersall (20) able to withstand the barrage for long. The main destroyer was Kyle Jarvis, the former Zimbabwe Test Bowler, now qualifying for England. He bowled 10 overs consecutively and ended with 6/42. Kabir Ali, who had represented England in Test and ODIs earlier in his career, took the other end and so there was no respite at all for the beleaguered batsmen.
Joe Root played a couple of sumptuous back-foot shots for two boundaries but then got a thin edge onto his pads and into the hands of Karl Brown at second slip. Root`s mere presence had attracted a Times journalist, Graham Morris, one of the sports leading photographers and two other snappers from local newspapers.
We will all turn up tomorrow for the final day and, for the second game in succession, Yorkshire`s batsman must bat all day to save the game.
Lancashire 2nd XI v Yorkshire 2nd XI 2nd XI Friendly at Northop Hall CC
Yorks 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field
Overnight – Lancashire 201/2
Lancashire (1st innings continued) – S J Croft c Leaning b Pyrah 197; J Clark c Hodgson b Shaw 12; L S Livingstone c Tattersall b Shaw 14; S D Parry (Capt) b Carver 17; O J Newby b Carver 42; K Ali Not Out 28
Did Not Bat – A M Lilley, T E Bailey, K M arvis, Adnan Ghaus
Extras – 5 (2b, 3lb)
Total (7 wkts dec) 427 (93.3 0vers)
Fall of Wickets – 3/205 (Clark); 4/245 (Livingstone); 5/282 (Parry); 6/372 (Newby); 7/427 (Croft)
Bowling – Ashraf 16-1-68-0; Pyrah 16.3-5-45-1; Shaw 13-3-44-3; Robinson 14-1-65-0; Rafiq 9-0-67-1; Carver 15-0-87-2; Root 7-0-24-0; Tattersall 3-0-22-0.
Yorkshire (1st innings) – E Callis b Jarvis 0; J A Tattersall LBW Jarvis 20; J E Root c Brown b Jarvis 8; J A Leaning b Jarvis 8; W M H Rhodes b Ali 0; D M Hodgson (WK) LBW Jarvis 7; Azeem Rafiq (Capt) LBW Newby 21; O E Robinson b Jarvis 11; R M Pyrah Not Out 13; J Shaw c Croft b Newby 0; K Carver Not Out 0
Extras – 11 (4b, 4LB, 1 w, 2 nb)
Total (9 Wkts) 99 (25 overs)
Fall of Wickets – 1/1 (Callis); 2/9 (Root); 3/33 (Leaning); 4/36 (Rhodes); 5/43 (Hodgson); 6/52 (Tattersall); 7/66 (Robinson); 8/95 (Rafiq); 9/95 (Shaw).
Bowling – Jarvis 10-3-42-6; Ali 9-2-27-1; Parry 1-0-5-0; Lilley 2-1-8-0; Bailey 2-0-5-0; Newby 1-0-4-2.
For the second time in two games, the Yorkshire 2nd XI saved a game and considerable White Rose pride by batting all day on the final day to thwart their erstwhile dominant Lancashire opponents.
It began with Richard Pyrah and Karl Carver extending their last-wicket stand to 51 before Carver was dismissed for 13. Pyrah remained 40*, a sterling effort to go with his splendid efforts with the ball on days 1 and 2 amongst the showers and downpours. The deficit on first innings was, however, 281 and the Yorkshire openers duly trooped out again as they had been invited to follow on.
Callis was on a pair but avoided that ignominy and eventually ended up with 45 (98 deliveries in just under three hours with seven fours, an innings that impressed the watching John Abrahams. Lunch was taken on 51/1 with the only second innings wicket that of Tattersall for 10.
After lunch, we saw the innings that all Yorkshire followers had wanted to see as Joe Root batted for 160 minutes, hitting eight boundaries in his 61 before being caught The afternoon session had seen only two more wickets fall and an early finish was on the cards
However, cricket again deceived and, in the 40 minutes after tea, 34 runs were scored but four important wickets had fallen. The final hour began with Yorkshire 233/7 but step forward Oliver Robinson who decided that the best form of defence was attack and smashed a spirited 60 from just 68 deliveries with nine boundaries and one maximum. He and Richard Pyrah added 72 in just 62 minutes for the eighth wicket but Robinson was dismissed by off-spinner Aaron Lilley with the score at 266 with a minimum of eight overs left.
But we need not have worried as another hero came to the fore as Josh Shaw followed his superb bowling spells with a show of skilled defiance with the bat. He and Pyrah, who added n unbeaten 22 to his earlier efforts, added just 17 before Pyrah drove Jarvis to the fence to put Yorkshire into the lead and cause Lancashire to pull the plug and settle for the draw.
Lancashire 2nd XI v Yorkshire 2nd XI 2nd XI Friendlyat Northop Hall CC Yorks 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field
Overnight – Yorkshire 99/9
Yorkshire (1st innings) continued. – R M Pyrah Not Out 40; K Carver c Davies b Ghaus 13
M A Asharf did not bat
Extras – 18 94b; 9lb;1w; 4 nb)
Total (All Out) 146 (35.3 overs)
Fall of Wickets – 10/146 (Carver)
Bowling Jarvis 11-3-47-6; Ali 9-2-27-1; Parry 1-0-5-0; Lilley 2-1-8-0; Bailey 2-0-5-0; Newby 5-0-17-2; Ghaus 5.3-1-24-1.
Yorkshire (2nd innings) following-on – E Callis c Livingstone b Jarvis 45; J A Tattersall c Davies b Jarvis 10; J E Root c Davies b Bailey 61; J A Leaning b Parry 16; W M H Rhodes c Newby b Lilley 16; D M Hodgson (WK) st Davies b Parry 9; A Rafiq (Capt) b Lilley 9; O E Robinson b Lilley 60; R M Pyrah Not Out 22; J Shaw Not Out 11
Did Not Bat – K Carver, M A Ashraf
Extras – 24 (1b, 3 lb, 6w, 14 nb)
Total (for 8 Wkts) 283 (82.1 overs)
Fall of Wickets – 1/25 (Tattersall); 2/122 (Callis); 3/144 (Root); 4/167 (Rhodes); 5/167 (Leaning); 6/182 (Rafiq); 7/194 (Hodgson); 8/266 (Robinson)
Bowling – Jarvis 14.1-2-58-2; Bailey 15-3-36-1; Ali 9-0-50-0; Newby 7-3-17-0; Clark 4-0-8-0; Parry 17-6-41-2; Lilley 11-2-36-3; Ghaus 5-0-33-.