2nd XI T20 COMPETITION
AT YORK MARSKE-BY-THE-SEA CC – 6 JULY 2017
The first of the two T20s due at Marske yesterday was abandoned without a ball bowled. The outfield and used wicket ends were all deemed too wet.
But the ground had dried sufficiently to start the second game at 4.00 pm. Yorkshire won the toss and elected to bat.
Jonathan Tattersall was the first to depart, after two superb straight drives for four. But that simply brought Jack Leaning to the crease and he and Ryan Gibson proceeded to put together a second wicket stand of 150, the highest stand for any wicket for Yorkshire in the 2nd XI T20 competition.
Gibson was eventually dismissed for 103, made from 63 deliveries and including 10 fours and five sixes. Leaning was left unbeaten on 85 (44 deliveries with six sixes and five fours).
But before Durham could begin their reply, rain returned and the covers came on. When play resumed, five overs had been lost and the Durham target re-calculated to 168 to win.
Although Yorkshire took the game into the last over, Usman Arshad`s 70 (33 deliveries with six fours and five sixes) saw his team home with four deliveries remaining. He had earlier taken 3/54 in the Yorkshire innings and so won the Man of the Match award, generously donated by Marske CC.
Yorkshire next take on Northamptonshire. Firstly, they are at Pudsey Congs CC on Monday 10 July for two T20s and then at York CC for the three-day 2nd XI Championship game, beginning on Tuesday 1 July.