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2nd XI: Yorkshire v Lancashire (Day One)

— 10 September 2014

Lancashire won the toss on a sunny morning and immediately chose to bat. Yorkshire had two early successes, one each to Ashraf and Shaw, to reduce the visitors to 33/2, but, after that, it was a long day in the field chasing leather for the second XI.


Lancashire, as always, had a strong side with them and, after the early loss of two wickets, they added 190 for the third wicket as Luis Reece (93) and Liam Livingstone enjoyed themselves immensely. Jonathan Tattersall, extracting bounce and turn occasioally with his leg-spin, bowled Reece but that just brought Alex Davies in to join Livingstone and a fourth wicket partnership of 175 followed.

Moin Ashraf broke the stand eventually as he got one through Davies` defence to remove the diminutive wicket-keeper for 85. Meanwhile Liam Livingstone had progressed to 196 and duly completed his double century shortly afterwards. In all, he batted for 304 minutes and faced 242 deliveries. He hit 25 fours and one six and was only dismissed finally when a tired drive was mistimed and lobbed to Will Rhodes at cover.

Josh Shaw was the successful bowler and Lancashire promptly declared. Yorkshire had twelve overs to face and did so with very few alarms. Andrew Hodd and Eliot Callis saw them through to the close, adding 43 in a so-far unbroken first-wicket partnership.

The bat had dominated the ball to such an extent today that hardly any appeals rent the air and those that were made were all unsuccessful.

Howard Clayton (Scorer, Yorkshire CCC 2nd XI)