YORKSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET CLUB 2ND XI T20 – YORKSHIRE v LANCASHIRE PLAYED AT HEADINGLEY 2 MAY 2014
Yorkshire won the toss and promptly invited Lancashire to have first use of the same wicket that had played host to the 3-day game, which ended two days earlier and which had been particularly helpful to the seamers.
Wayne White opened and saw what the wicket was like almost immediately as one stopped on him and lobbed up for Moin Ashraf to follow through and take the catch. Ross Zelem and Jordan Clark also went cheaply and, at 51/3 in the ninth over, both sides would have felt that they had a platform.
Unfortunately, the batsman they had not dismissed, Alex Davies, went on and on to end the innings unbeaten on 101. He faced just 60 deliveries and hit four sixes, and 14 fours, a total of 80 (or 79.20% of his innings) so did not over-exert himself.
Liam Livingstone gave him good support with 34 and a final total of 172 was a challenging one. Richard Pyrah again showed his worth this season with as return of 2/26 from his four overs.
Yorkshire`s reply could not have begun any worse as Eliot Callis was dismissed from the fourth ball of the innings. Rafiq and Rhodes also departed without adding too many to the total but Jonathan Bairstow was trying to emulate his wicket-keeping colleague, Alex Davies, by dominating the innings. Indeed, only he and Azeem Rafiq made double figures and the rest came and went soon afterwards.
The chase was up with the Lancashire score at a similar rate for most of the innings but Yorkshire had always lost too many wickets and when Bairstow was eighth out for 77 (45 balls with seven fours and four sixes), the game was, to all intent, over, although Moin Ashraf did launch one magnificent effort over long-on for a maximum.
Jordan Clark (4/28) led the way ably supported by Tom Bailey (2/14) and Gavin Griffiths (2/23).
So Lancashire won the first of the two T20 warm-ups by 27 runs
Lancashire won the toss in this game and elected to bat, somewhat surprisingly. However, they soon found how this wonderful game can turn on you as the same players on the same pitch against the same bowlers can produce a radically different result second time around.
The Yorkshire bowlers pulled out all the stops and Lancashire were soon 44/6 in the fourteenth over and struggling to post any sort of defendable total. But there is always a partnership somewhere and it came for the eighth wicket as Ross Zelem (35*) and Tom Bailey (28*) added 61 from just 23 deliveries.
Yorkshire`s bowlers all suffered during this late onslaught but Josh Shaw (2/23) and Ryan Gibson and Richard Pyrah, who each returned 1/10, could feel that they had all done this bits.
The reply, at 110/4 when Alex Lees was dismissed for 58 (56 deliveries with five fours and one six), seemed to be well on course, especially with Will Rhodes on 29 at the time. He was dismissed on 131 for a good 42 but five wickets remained, two runs were required and one over remained.
No problems, you would think, but Yorkshire tried very hard in that final over to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as Dan Hodgson was dismissed from the first ball and Richard Pyrah was run out without scoring from the third. The scores were level by this time but the next two balls went straight to fielders. All worked out well, however, as Ryan Gibson and his namesake Barney, scrambled a single from the final delivery.
Tom Bailey (2/24) and Liam Hurt (2/267) led the way with the ball but their efforts were ultimately in vain.
So the three games this week result in a 2-1 victory for Yorkshire and the Roses Challenge score stands at 30-21 to the White Rose with the September 3-day friendly to come.
Howard Clayton (Scorer, Yorkshire CCC 2nd XI)