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Report: Worcestershire 2nd XI v Yorkshire 2nd XI (Day three)

— 28 July 2017

The weather finally won and prevented Yorkshire from securing a third Championship win of the season, despite the magnificent efforts of Alex Lees.


The final day began with Worcestershire aiming to strike a balance between runs set and overs left but they had not reckoned on the sterling efforts of Ryan Sidebottom and Liam Plunkett who worked up some pace while Ryan Sidebottom simply did what he has been doing for 20 years.

He removed Alex Milton and Plunkett got rid of Dell in his first over and Malik, all three to LBW decisions. Only Alex Hepburn, with 56, could resist the pair of them.

Worcestershire eventually declared on 177/9, setting Yorkshire 264 to win in a minimum of 53 overs.

Lees and Jonathan Tattersall began like trains and had 95 on the board in the fifteenth over when Tattersall was caught in the deep. Will Rhodes entered the fray and continued the good work and it was 153/2 in the 23rd over when he was bowled.
Three rain interruptions had occurred during this onslaught, reducing the overs available to 45.

This did not prevent Yorkshire’s attempt to force a win, however, and Alex Lees was picking up momentum all the time. His hundred came from 94 deliveries with seven fours and three sixes.

Matthew Waite, Liam Plunkett and Jordan Thompson, after one superb flicked six over the longest boundary on the ground, came and went, but a fourth rain interruption now meant that Yorkshire only had a maximum of 37 overs to score the 264 required.

Alex Lees was finally caught behind for 135, made from just 110 deliveries with 10 fours and five sixes. This was the final ball of the 36th over, leaving 14 to score from the final over of the day. Ben Birkhead and Jack Brooks gave it everything but just missed out, ending on 260/7, a mere four runs short.

Worcestershire took 12 points and Yorkshire 10, which should be good enough to maintain second position in the table, temporarily at least.