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2nd XI: Somerset v Yorkshire (Day Two)

— 17 September 2014

So history does repeat itself. Two years ago on the same ground and against the same opponents, Yorkshire lost with a day and a half to spare. That result was repeated today as the home side won on the stroke of lunch by 10 wickets.

Scorecard

Andrew Hodd completed a well-made half-century (56 from 54 deliveries with 11 fours) but only Tattersall (14), Gibson (15) and Shaw (17) made even small contributions.

That was until the last wicket pair of Carver and Ashraf brought a bit of respectability to the innings. They added 48 for the final wicket to ensure an all-out score of 171. In that stand, Moin Ashraf smote an unbeaten 39 (39 deliveries with fours fours and one six). It is his highest score for the Club and he used his feet to leg-spinner Waller to good effect.

The efforts of Ashraf and Carver at lest meant that Somerset had to bat again but needed just 14, which they duly achieved from 17 deliveries.

The players have ha a very steep learning curve given the pitch this game was played on. I doubt that many of them, with the probable exception of Andrew Hodd, have had to negotiate such a surface before in their careers. It is to be hoped that it will not be so difficult if and when they meet a similar track in the future.
So the 2nd XI have finished all Cricket for 2014. We all look forward eagerly to it all beginning again in April 2015.

Howard Clayton (Scorer, Yorkshire CCC 2nd XI)

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