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Report: Yorkshire 2nd XI v Northants 2nd XI (T20's)

— 11 July 2017

YORKSHIRE 2nd XI v NORTHAMPTONSHIRE 2ND XI – Match 1
2nd XI T20 COMPETITION
PUDSEY CONGS CC – 10 JULY 2017

As we all arrived at the ground, the rain was falling and the covers were on and hopes of play looked very distant. But the weather improved and, once the covers came off, the playing surface was in good condition. The game had to be reduced to 17 overs per side to cater for the time lost to the elements.

Scorecard

Yorkshire won the toss and invited their visitors to bat first. Opener Thurston made a blistering 48, Aneesh Kapil 47 and Saif Zaib 50 as Northamptonshire ran up 173/7 in their 17 overs.

Pride of place amongst the Yorkshire bowlers must go to James Wainman as he recorded the first hat-trick by a Yorkshire bowler in the 2nd XI T20 competition. He dismissed Zaib and Kapil with the last two deliveries of his second and then trapped Alex King LBW with the first ball of his third over.

Yorkshire`s reply chugged along quite sedately but always had the target under control. Bilal Anjum, on 2nd XI debut, made 41, Alex Lees 34, Jonathan Tattersall 38* and 54* by Will Rhodes secured an eight-wicket victory with one delivery remaining.

YORKSHIRE 2nd XI v NORTHAMPTONSHIRE 2ND XI – Match 2
2nd XI T20 COMPETITION
PUDSEY CONGS CC – 10 JULY 2017

After a good win in a rain-reduced match, the sun came out and a full 40 over game could take place. Yorkshire won the toss and elected to bat.

Scorecard

It became the Alex Lees show. A superb unbeaten century (116*) made from just 62 deliveries with 14 boundaries and five sixes, underpinned Yorkshire`s innings.

Other batsmen got in but were unable to turn teens into thirties to ensure that the final total of 201/4 became 220+.

Northamptonshire looked like chasing the target all the way with Zaib (65) and Thurston (54) leading the charge. A good spell by Karl Carver (2/25 from his four overs) applied a temporary brake before a simply splendid final over by Matthew Fisher, in which he conceded just five runs and a leg-bye, ensured a two-run victory for Yorkshire and a welcome double over our Midlands visitors.

Matthew finished with 3/46 from his allocation.

HOWARD CLAYTON

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