Wednesday, 29 August 2012
2ND: Hodgson takes his chance before washout
Both the second and third days of Yorkshire's Second Eleven Friendly against Nottinghamshire at Weetwood have been washout out, leaving the match abandoned as a draw.
We waited on Day 2 for lunch to be taken, an inspection made...and the decision to abandon play until today. The forecast seemed slightly more hopeful for the final day, but the abandonment came without delay.
I have been asked to calculate the amount of time lost so far this year: it totals an astounding 2,119.2 overs, or 48 per cent of the fixture list. Half a season lost before yesterday's washout.
Day 1: Wicket-keeper Dan Hodgson, pictured during Yorkshire's CB40 game against Warwickshire at Scarborough on Monday, top-scored with 98 as the White Rose ran up 359 in their first innings.
With all competition matches now complete, the Seconds turned in their best day's cricket of the season without doubt. Ed Wilson took charge for the first time, duly lost the toss at Weetwood – and Nottinghamshire opted to field first. This was unsurprising as the wicket had had some moisture in it befpre the game – what pitches haven't this season?
Alex Lees opened with Gurman Randhawa, but he was trapped in front for five as the Nottinghamshire bowlers found just enough encouragement. Enter Hodgson, who was happy to play second fiddle while Randhawa took the attack to the bowlers and the score rattled along at almost four an over.
Gurman fell to slow left-armer Tillcock for 74 to end a stand of 83, but Jack Leaning kept up the good work as he and Hodgson built a partnership of 60. James Tattersall replaced Leaning, and a third stand of over 50 followed – and then a fourth from Wilson and Hodgson as the players gave themselves an object lesson in how to build a substantial first innings total.
Hodgson was nearing his personal century, and we were all getting ready to applaud when he edged to slip to be taken one-handed by Neil Edwards for 98. So near, and yet...Dan could hardly drag himself off, but he received a tumultuous reception.
Yorkshire had not finished: Lewis Stabler played and missed against Ball with the new ball, but he connected with some very good blows in a bright 24 from 22 deliveries. He tried one too many, and was caught at short-third-man.
Josh Shaw and Ian Wardlaw each contributed a quick dozen, and last man Oliver Hannon-Dalby ran to join the fun in one of his rare excursions to the crease....but Shaw was out two balls later, so Oliver trotted back to prepare himself for his normal role.
Adam Tillcock was the best Nottinghamshire bowler with 4-62. This is encouraging for Yorkshire, as they have two purveyors of slow left-arm in their team - Randhawa and Karl Carver, from Thirsk, who is making his Second Eleven debut.
A minimum of 12 overs remained to be bowled. Hannon-Dalby kept a good off-stump line to Turner and Edwards, but Ian Wardlaw was unable to follow his example, and he fed the leg stump of the left-handed Nottinghamshire openers. Play ended six overs early because of bad light.
The Second Eleven scores are available on match days via Total Cricket Live Scores. Here's how to keep up with scorer and Yorkshire County Cricket Club website correspondent HOWARD CLAYTON:
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