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2nd XI: Yorkshire Vikings v Durham Jets

— 27 May 2015

Game 1


Durham won the toss and invited their opponents to bat first. The Yorkshire batting was a case of so near yet so far inasmuch as several players (Jonathan Tattersall 30; Dan Hodgson 23; Andrew Hodd 22 and Matthew Waite 20) all made good starts but none could go on to make 50+ and so ensure their team a much more respectable total.

But, in the end, such concerns evaporated as Durham struggled against some very accurate bowling.

Moin Ahraf led the way with 3/13 from his four overs, ably supported by Matthew Waite (3/23 from his full allocation). Ben Coad and Ryan Gibson each claimed one victim.

So a tight game was won by nine runs and a pattern similar to the games against Nottinghamshire was starting to emerge.

Game 2


That pattern took greater shape as the second encounter unfolded.

Yorkshire won the toss and elected to bat and were 115/1 with 6.3 overs remaining. Andrew Hodd had led the way with 41; Dan Hodgson (38) and Ryan Gibson (30) had also made major contributions but those 6.3 overs produced only 41 more runs for the loss of six wickets.

Durham went off like the proverbial trains in pursuit of the required 157 runs, as illustrated by the fact that the first wicket went down at 81 in the seventh over. However, cricket is never as simple as it seems and Yorkshire took the game into the penultimate over before Durham secured victory.

For the home side, Ben Coad and Karl Carver each recorded 2/30 but it was not enough.

So honours ended even and Yorkshire now have a gap in their fixture as the second Test Match against New Zealand takes centre stage at Headingley.

Howard Clayton (Scorer, Yorkshire CCC 2nd XI)