Yorkshire lost their top-of-the-table battle against leaders Leicestershire today by 102 runs in front of a large and supportive crowd at Barnsley CC but not before Nathan Firn and James Logan added 56 for the final wicket, and broke Yorkshire`s 10th wicket record in 2nd XI Trophy matches against all other opponents. Each player was making his 2nd XI debut in competitive matches after a couple of friendly appearances each.
Leicestershire won the toss and chose to bat in what looked to be virtually perfect conditions. They hit the ball hard and far but, at 44/3 and later 108/4, Yorkshire were still in it.
But then Robert Taylor and Adil Ali took the game away from the home side with a stand of 96 in just 58 minutes. Taylor made 90 and Ali 51 and, for the first time in many moons, Yorkshire`s catching in the deep let them down as Taylor was dropped twice from clear-cut chances as well as a couple of other half-chances.
He also had several strokes of luck as edged shots fell between two or even three fielders. Once he was dismissed at 204, the visitors lost their final five wickets for another 54 runs in another 61 deliveries but some severe damage had already been done to Yorkshire`s chances.
The home reply began disastrously, as Eliot Callis played on with just a couple to his name. After that no partnership was able to take root and only the skipper, Ryan Gibson, with 23 and 20 from Dan Hodgson, held promise of greater things to come.
At 100/9, Yorkshire had still not achieved their lowest-ever score against Leicestershire but then Logan and Firn took a hand and woke the crowd up and received ever-increasing applause with each passing over. Shades of Jimmy Anderson at Headingley.
In all, James Logan faced more deliveries (58) than any other Yorkshire player and spent more minutes at the crease (51) than all his team-mates except his partner Nathan Firn, who occupied the crease for two minutes under the hour.
Logan looked absolutely crestfallen as he finally lobbed a catch to Ali at mid-off, which was accepted gratefully.
So we have just one Trophy game to play and that is next week against the MCC Young Cricketers at Shenley in Hertfordshire.
In the meantime, we all now move to York CC for the Championship match against Leicestershire which begins on Tuesday at 11.00 am