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Fazakerley makes 50 but Yorkshire in charge

Leicestershire v Yorkshire, Second XI Championship, Day 2


REPORT | By Pete Johnson

Day two of this SEC encounter between Leicestershire and Yorkshire got off to the regulation start when Umpire Ray Medland is officiating. He delivered his daily consignment of sweets to the scorers. 

Today’s offerings consisted of butter mintoes and wine gums, complimenting a stash of Werther’s left over from yesterday. A fine selection for the discerning palate. My colleague John’s eyes lit up at the wine gums at his disposal as he considered the butter mintoes and yesterdays Werther’s too much of a challenge for his ailing dentures. 

I was kept very busy ‘early doors’ by a higher than usual number of spectators requesting a scorecard. I was up and down more than Harry Redknapp’s car window on transfer deadline day. No problem at all folks, if you want a scorecard just come and ask, always more than a pleasure to satisfy your demands.

Yorkshire had much the better of the day dismissing Leicestershire for 158. Will Fazakerley, however, continued his rich vein of form by posting a half-century. Yorkshire then amassed 284-2 in their second dig, holding a lead of 396 runs going into the final day.

Leicestershire resumed on from their overnight 55-3 with Fazakerley 15* and Rob Sayer 14*. A lovely sunny morning greeted the players as they took to the field. There were again another good number of spectators present for a 2nd XI game. Sayer took two boundaries off seamer Matthew Fisher early in the piece. 

Fazakerley was taking a liking to paceman Joshua Shaw, taking him for five boundaries in 15 deliveries. A couple of the boundaries were Faz’s U2 shot (The Edge), down to the unguarded third man area. Faz’s bat possibly made from the wood of the Joshua Tree. Hope you spotted the connection there pop pickers.  

Fazakerley and Sayer brought up their 50 partnership with the score on 87-3 from 25.4 overs. Fazakerley went to his 50 (9x4) from 99 balls with the score on 112-3 from 31.3. Without adding to his score Fazakerley went caught behind by Read off left arm quickie James Wainman, County 116-4 from 32.1 overs.

Nine balls later Sayer(39) went caught at cover by Tattersall off Will Rhodes. Karl Carver had been kept on ice, and was introduced to the attack after 21 overs of the morning, bowling his spinners with a bit of fizz. 

James Sykes (5) was caught behind by keeper Read off Rhodes leaving County in trouble on 126-6 from 35.5, and in danger of not registering a batting point, as it had transpired that Charlie Shreck was unable to bat. 

Parkinson was digging in, and was looking as comfortable at the crease as he does on the sofa. At one point, Parkinson had Wainman bowling to him. Knowing Parky, a film connoisseur, he probably thought Wainman was a character played by Dustin Hoffman in a movie from 1988. Parkinson (7) did not take a liking to the Carver on offer, edging him behind, and was another victim for keeper Read.

Wicket-keeper Harry Swindells took a fearsome blow on the helmet from seamer Matthew Waite, and had to receive lengthy on field treatment. Swindells is a gritty character, and got right in line to the next ball from Waite, surviving a loud lbw shout. The durable little dynamo then despatched Waite’s next delivery through the covers for 4.

Dominic Manthorpe had joined Swindells and proceeded to play 36 dot balls, either side of lunch, the majority with a textbook forward defensive. A post in the new government as Minister of Defence beckons for Dot Ball Dom. County went into lunch on 148-7 from 51. Swindells 17* Manthorpe 0*. Soon after lunch Swindells (17) was adjudged lbw to Rhodes.

Jacob Bailey, effectively last man, joined Dominic ‘The Wall’ Manthorpe, and the pair ensured County gained a batting point. Bailey (3) was bowled by Rhodes. County 158-9 (all out) with Shreck being unable to bat, Manthorpe 5 not out, Leicestershire trailing by 112 runs.

Harry Brook and Jonny Tattersall opened up for Yorkshire, and the pair firmly put Yorkshire in control with an opening partnership of 218. However, early in the Yorkshire innings I had a very pleasant interlude as I was visited by that fulcrum of everything cricket administration, Jen from the office.

Not that programme on the telly with Ricky Gervais, but the office at the FCG. Jen had taken time out from her demanding and ever-expanding remit (if the CEO reads this that should put you in line for a good appraisal Jen), to nip over to downtown Kibworth. Jen took the opportunity to touch base with one of her trusted wingmen at the coalface.

Needless to say Jen was in awe at my multi-tasking; scoring, operating the scoreboard, issuing scorecards, etc, etc. She did not need a second invitation to sample the delights on offer at my frenzied work station: butter mintoes, wine gums and Werther’s!

Back to the Yorkshire opening partnership, and Tattersall was quicker out of the stalls than Brook, who scored 5 from his first 25 balls. However, Tattersall did not have to shield Brook for long, as Brook was bent on building a big innings.

The openers’ feats in chronological order: The pair racked up a 50 partnership, 16.2 overs. Brook’s 50 (10x4/1x6) from 55 balls, score 92-0 off 20.5. 100 partnership after 21.4. Tea, 137-0 from 30, Brook 86* from 87 balls, Tattersall 46* from 94 balls. Tattersall’s 50 (4x4) from 100 balls coincided with 150 partnership from 32.1. Brook 100 (16x4/1x6) from 97 balls, with the score on 158-0 from 33.3. 200 partnership after 40.1 overs. Brook was playing a free flowing innings.

During the afternoon session we witnessed some agile fielding by that genial hack Tim Murray. Tim was on his bi-hourly orbit of the boundary, when the ball crossed the rope in the unguarded third man area. He swooped on the ball, akin to the descent of a bird of prey, shirt sleeves buttoned to the cuff, brown cap, of course, in place with military precision, peak parallel to the ground.

Tim returned the ball to a nearby fielder, some 20 yards away, on the sixth bounce, then straightened his tie in a ‘matter of fact’ James Bond style. Many years ago Tim was known as James Bond in local cricket circles, boasting a batting average of 0.07 at the peak of his career.

County picked up a couple of wickets late in the day. Brook (127) went lbw to Ben Raine with the score on 218 from 44.3. A chanceless innings from Brook from just 128 balls. Brook bonded extremely well with his opening partner Tattersall, and no doubt gave him a few tips. It’s your guess whether I am talking PG Tips or horse racing tips.

Will Rhodes (9) went caught behind by Swindells of Ben Mike, leaving the White Rose men on 240-2 from 48.3. Mike was working up a good pace from the Field End, with some trademark hostile deliveries.

Tattersall went to his 100 (9x4) from 169 balls with the score on 260-2 from 55.1. Yorkshire closing on 284-2 from 62 overs, a lead of 396 runs. Leicestershire 5 points, Yorkshire 7 points.

Ben Raine’s figures of 1-20 from 10 caught the eye. It was good to see Raine running in like his old self, displaying the lithesome agility of a coiled spring when approaching the wicket. Manthorpe and Mike also both returned respectable figures on a difficult day for the County bowlers.