Tuesday, 29 May 2012
2NDS: Lusty Lilley shows Yorkshire the T20 way
Lusty hitting by Alex Lilley, above, saved some face for Yorkshire as they were trounced by England Under-19s in their first match of this year’s Second Eleven T20 Competition at Bradford and Bingley CC.
Yorkshire coach Paul Farbrace had said that a total of 160 was needed to be competitive in this format, which closely resembles a lottery. Paul was proved absolutely right as the first of the day’s two games saw England`s bowling completely dominate Yorkshire`s batting. Only nine fours and one six were hit and, if it had not been for Lilley’s lustiness at the end of the innings the Seconds would not have passed 100.
As it was, Yorkshire managed 103-8 in their 20 overs, and Lilley also took two of the three wickets to fall as the Under-19s romped home with seven wickets and six overs to spare. Tom Knight, of Derbyshire, who had the remarkable figures of 4-1-12-2, bowls slow left-arm and opened the attack: always an interesting tactic.
The second game saw a much closer affair as Yorkshire got to grips with what was required. Adil Rashid smote well for 49 from 32 balls with eight fours and a six, and Joe Sayers and Richard Pyrah also contributed so that 141-8 was competitive, if not guaranteeing victory.
The Under-19s went off like trains with Alex Davies (Lancashire) and Tom Rowe (Nottinghamshire) adding 93 for the first wicket. Eight overs from left-arm spinner Gurman Randhawa and Rashid put the brakes on, but once these two had finished there was not another slow bowler to make it hard for the batsmen.
England eventually won the second game by five wickets with one over remaining.
All day a decent crowd were treated to some excellent ground fielding and superb running catches in the outfield - the highlight of which was the one-handed leap by Tom Rowe in front of the scorebox to dismiss Rashid for 49.
Yorkshire take on Derbyshire in two more T20 games on Thursday, beginning at 11.30am.
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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