Tuesday, 14 August 2012
2ND: Rhodes shows way but the Red Rose pricks
Will Rhodes, above, showed that he can make the step up from Yorkshire Academy to the Seconds – but they looked 30 runs short when Lancashire won today’s one-day Trophy match at Todmorden by five wickets.
Yorkshire mustered only 141, and No.6 Rhodes was top-scorer with 39. The White Rose’s recent run of success came to a halt at the delightful Centre Vale ground, when a full day`s play took place under blue skies and sun - as it did for May’s “friendly” Roses encounter.
No scorecards had been printed by the Red Rose hosts – so the scorers took it on themselves to print 40 copies from their lap-tops: we could have sold five times that number, given the size of the crowd and the deep interest they showed.
Play began at noon, with Lancashire asking Yorkshire to bat first. The bowlers held sway for the first half of the innings - only Alex Lees and Dan Hodgson occasionally showing their range of shots. At 71-6 in the 24th over a defendable total was nowhere to be seen.
Enter Alex Lilley to join Rhodes and show the rest of their colleagues how it could be done. Both scampered single after single as they took their partnership to 57 in just under 10 overs. A total of 141 probably was not going to win the game - but it doubled the efforts of those who had gone before.
Rhodes has been in good form for the Academy, and he showed again - after a useful innings earlier in the season against Worcestershire at Barnsley - that he can make the step up. Lilley showed his usual up-and-at-them attitude, as he did with the ball a little later.
Lancashire, who are in line for both the Championship and One-Day Trophy finals, appeared to want to improve the net run-rate, scoring their first 84 runs at nearly eight an over.
Lilley then took the ball and produced his usual two early wickets for not many runs. Left-hand spinner Gurman Randhawa chipped in with a couple more, and suddenly half the Lancashire side had gone with 16 still needed.
The old lament was then heard: “If only we had 30 more runs…” but you get what you get, and you defend the total or not. Yorkshire ultimately did not.
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