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— 1 June 2017


After some overnight rain play resumed under blue skies and in front of a decent crowd including a good number supporting the White Rose.

The first 10 overs of the day produced 41 runs including 8 fours and we were into the 15th over of the morning when James Wainman had Fazakerley caught behind for 50 from 98 balls with 9 fours. 116-3 then became 126-6 as Will Rhodes removed Sayer and Sykes.

Karl Carver then had Parkinson caught behind and Leicestershire, somewhat limped to lunch at 148-7. It took only 6.3 overs of the afternoon session to wrap up the innings as Shreck was absent injured and we had a lead of 112 – Will Rhodes finished with 4-23 from 8.3.

Harry Brook and Jonny Tattersall opened our 2nd innings and rather circumspectly proceeded to 26-0 from 12 overs. At this stage Harry was 5 no from 25 balls. What followed was a truly tremendous partnership with each of them playing a full part. Jonny reached his 50 from 100 balls with 4 fours but Harry went from 5 to 50 in 30 more balls and hit 10 fours and a six. He went to his 100 in only a further 42 balls including a further 6 fours.

Harry went on to make 127 from 128 balls with 19 fours and a six having shared an opening partnership of 218 from 269 balls – his placement and use of his feet were exemplary. Not to be outdone Jonny reached his own ton in 169 balls with 9 fours and at the close he was unbeaten on 115 from 189 balls having shown great patience and plenty of skill.

At the close we had reached 284-2 (Will Rhodes the other batter to fall for 9) and Matthew Waite 15 no.

Tomorrows’ forecast is good and we lead by 396 with 96 overs left in the day and Leicestershire possibly a man light with Shreck still absent.

John Virr