A maiden 2nd XI century of 127 by Ryan Gibson (141 deliveries with 20 boundaries and one six) and a burst of sharp bowling by Josh Shaw of 3/20 in 28 deliveries ensured a splendid victory by just two runs with one delivery left at Harrogate today in the three-day friendly against Nottinghamshire. This, coupled with the 1st XI performance at Old Trafford , rounded off a very successful few days on the field for the White Rose.
Yorkshire began the day on 63/3, needing a substantial partnership to set their opponents a defendable target and thanks to Will Rhodes and Ryan Gibson, who added 95 for the fourth wicket in just 78 minutes, they got just that and at a rate of 4.5 runs per over.
Once Rhodes was dismissed, Matthew Waite and Josh Shaw, who each made 16, kept Gibson company as he reached three figures. Karl Carver also showed, in a brief cameo, that his skills do not simply end with the ball as he used the bat to good effect and took 11 runs from just eight deliveries.
Yorkshire were dismissed for 249 shortly after lunch, leaving their opponents 285 in a minimum of 54 overs for victory.
Moin Ashraf began the success by removing first-innings centurion Wood for just 18 but nothing could shift the other opener, Cornishman Jake Libby, who anchored the innings with the fourth century of the match, 112 from 128 deliveries with 15 boundaries. He eventually fell to Josh Shaw, thanks to a diving catch by Will Rhodes at midwicket. Earlier, Eliot Callis had also dived to hold a chance, also from the bowling of Shaw, from the dangerous Brett Hutton, who had upped the momentum as soon as he came to the crease and whose continued presence would have taken the game away from the home side.
Shaw then swung the game finally towards Yorkshire by removing Michael Cross`s middle stump after the Nottinghamshire keeper had hit three of the biggest sixes ever seen at St Georges Road. He followed this by bowling Paul Franks with the penultimate ball of the game to finish with 4/59.
Several members of the crowd were heard to say what a wonderful game of proper cricket it had been and this opinion was shared by the game`s officials. The organisation of the Club was good and the food provided for lunches particularly excellent.
The 2nd XI now have a break for a few days before taking on Lancashire 2nd XI at Headingley next Wednesday to Friday (10 to 12 September). Each day begins at 10.30 am.