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Yorkshire 2s draw against Lancashire

— 13 June 2014

Day Two:

At last, play began on time and Lancashire continued their first innings. The match had only one realistic outcome and that was an inevitable draw and that was ultimately how it ended, but not before the bowlers had reduced Lancashire to 95-6.


However, there is always a partnership and Liam Livingstone (75) and Aaron Lilley (93) added 142 for the seventh wicket, the highest-ever seventh wicket partnership by any county against Yorkshire in the 2nd XI Championship.

Josh Shaw had done the early damage with two more wickets in the first session and he had three of the six wickets that Yorkshire had claimed by lunch and a decent first-innings led seemed to be on the cards.

But Lilley and Livingstone were just beginning as the afternoon session began and they proceeded to alter the whole tenet of the game. Lilley hit nine fours and five sixes from 82 deliveries. Livingstone was much more circumspect, making just 5 singles in the first 53 deliveries he received. But as the wicket eased and the bowlers tired, he cut loose and ended with 75, including seven fours and one six.

The crown green bowlers at the back of the pavilion were lucky they did not have a fixture today as they would have been scampering for cover regularly during this period.

Lancashire finally declared at 4.50 pm, thus ending the game. Josh Shaw finished with 4/85, his best-ever figures in the 2nd XI and the first time he has taken four wickets in a Championship innings, and will now miss the one-day Trophy game against Warwickshire at Pudsey Congs on Monday as the 1st XI have claimed him. James Wainman (2/43 from 21; Ben Coad 2/73 from 26 and Ryan Gibson 1/20 from 12) took the other wickets.
During the onslaught the ground fielding stood up well but a couple of catches went don with Ben Coad the principle victim of these lapses.

Lancashire take 13 points from the game and Yorkshire have 10. We have now played four Championship games and drawn them all with considerable time lost in most of these encounters.