Thursday, 19 July 2012
2ND: Adil leads the way, but only the rain wins
Adil Rashid, above, took three of the six first-innings Nottinghamshire wickets to fall and compiled 69 not out in Yorkshire's Second Eleven Championship match at Barnsley, but the rain on Day 3 left too little time for anything but a draw.
Day 3: It looked highly unlikely at 8.30am as I reached the ground that the covers would ever be removed, so we twiddled thumbs until 12.30 and an early lunch. I then saw to my utter astonishment a member of the groundstaff making the creases, and we began at 2pm.
Speculation revolved around the timing of a declaration and what the target and required run-rate would be: such speculation proved wasted as Nottinghamshire, resuming at 30-0, batted until tea-time, leaving their opponents a small matter of 315 to make to win in a minimum of 32 overs.
Yorkshire were not out in the middle for long, as the rain returned at 4.27 pm, and that was that. Joe Sayers was the only wicket to fall - in a similar manner to the first innings, nibbling a delivery to Neil Edwards at second slip. Nottinghamshire take nine points and Yorkshire seven, and we move on to Northampton next week.
Day 2: The weather played a large part in the momentum of the play as Yorkshire moved from 30-0 overnight to 213-6 declared, a bold move, almost 140 runs adrift. Nottinghamshire closed on 36-0 when the umpteenth rain break caused play to be called off at 6.52pm.
AlexLees and Joe Sayers began on time and in occasional bursts of sunshine. They had advanced to 40 when Luke Fletcher`s eighth over completely upset the applecart: Lees lobbed the second ball to Sam Kelsall at square-leg; Gerard Brophy edged to Neil Edwards in the slips two balls later, and Dan Hodgson got one that kept low next ball leaving Yorkshire 40-3 when the over was complete.
Sayers and Jack Leaning set about a rebuilding exercise, adding 70 for the fourth wicket. I had just begun to check the statistics for Yorkshire’s highest fourth-wicket stand of the season when a direct hit from third-man dispatched Sayers. Leaning went soon afterwards, and more entrenchment was required.
Enter Adil at No.6, two places lower than normal in the order, after his return from Chesterfield, where he was not needed for the first team. He began at a rate of knots, and was joined by Ed Wilson who had stroked an effortless 17 in 12 balls when he was run out at the non-striker`s end: Rashid straight-drove, and the ball hit George Bacon`s foot…it cannoned into the stumps, with Wilson backing up.
Nottinghamshire ended the day batting again and leading by 175.
Day 1: Yorkshire Seconds managed their first full day of cricket since May 27. Nottinghamshire won the toss, and batted on what turned out to be a shirt-fronter.
The fielding held up well, with many singles saved through diving efforts and, not for the first time this season, spin-twins Rashid and Gurman Randhawa tied the batsmen down and ensured a very healthy over rate. By the close at 6.30pm 107 overs had been bowled.
Neil Edwrads led the way with 138 - the third opening batsman to score a century against Yorkshire Seconds this season after Durham`s Kent Jennings and Matt Pardoe, of Worcestershire. Three batsmen passed 50 to provide the backbone of Nottinghamshire’s handome declaration total - something Yorkshire batsmen must to learn to do to set up totals that dictate the game.
Alex Lees and Joe Sayers had a minimum of nine overs to face for Yorkshire - which became 12 overs as, for the first time this season, they managed to negotiate this awkward period.
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Yorkshire Bank 40
19 May 2013
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27 May 2013
Radlett Cricket Club, Radlett
LV=CC Division One
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