Monday, 25 June 2012
2NDS: Expensive bowling leaves batsmen the bill
Opener Joe Sayers, above, cracked four fours and two sixes in his top-score 49 – but Yorkshire finished 33 short of Worcestershire in their Second Eleven Trophy clash at Pudsey Congs CC today.
The Seconds returned to the field at Intake Road after a two-week fixture sabbatical - which means that they now face an action-packed two months crammed with one-day and Championship games. The fact that we played and when was not without much discussion. The ground, like most of Yorkshire over recent days, had taken a tremendous drenching. The wicket was soft, but the sun was out and there was a drying wind.
An early lunch was taken, and play began at 1pm with 12 overs lost. Each side had a maximum of 34 to bat: Yorkshire won the toss and asked Worcestershire to go first.
Iain Wardlaw and Steven Patterson struck quickly – but, not for the first time this season, early success could not be followed up. 17-2 became 74-3, and half-centuries by Neil Pinner and Matt Pardoe were built on this platform.
Wardlaw took three expensive wickets in his seven overs, but the economical Patterson showed why he is now a capped first-teamer: the ball that removed Jack Manuel would have dispatched much better players – making the batsman play on middle and leg but defeating the outside edge to clip the off-stump. Off-spinning all-rounder Jack Leaning made his Second Eleven bowling debut.
A target of 225 at more than a run a ball was always going to be a challenge for Yorkshire, but Adam Lyth and Sayers got the rate up to five an over with Joe especially hitting the ball well and driving with his usual elegance. Alex Lees also batted well for his 46, but whereas Worcestershire`s main scorers had each passed 50 neither of Yorkshire’s quite managed it, Sayers being trapped out of his ground when he was one short.
The two teams meet again at Barnsley over the next three days for their Championship match, play beginning each day at 11 am.
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