Seconds miss out at York
SECOND XI T20 FRIENDLY | Yorkshire CCC v Leicestershire CCC
RESULTS | Yorkshire CCC won by 49 runs and eight wickets respectively
REPORT | By Pete Johnson
Leicestershire Second XI travelled up to Yorkshire for a SEFT20 the match played at York Cricket Club. The Leicestershire party of 12 players that travelled up to the White Rose County had a very youthful content.
Half of the group were members of the Academy or Sub Academy, the other half comprised of Triallists (four), and just two contracted professionals making the journey north. In contrast Yorkshire CCC fielded a very experienced side which included a double Ashes winner, plus another player who has also represented England.
I acclimatised myself to the area by taking in the Vanarama North match between York City and Farsley Celtic the evening before. A riveting 0-0 draw!
Yorkshire won both games comfortably. Jack Leaning making the major contribution of the day, top scoring in both matches, and sharing in three half-century partnerships across the day. Gets him away from that lamppost!
There was a strong breeze blowing when play commenced, reflected in the fact that the York CC flag fluttering feverishly at the top of the flag pole alongside the pavilion.
Sam Evans skippered Leicestershire CCC, his opposite number Jarrod Warner won the toss, and elected to bat. Yorkshire CCC posted 162-5 from their allotted 20 overs. Leaning (49, 41b) shared in a stand of 54 for the fourth wicket with Tim Bresnan (44*, 26b). Their 50 alliance came from 31b.
Wicket takers for Leicestershire CCC were: Alex Evans 1-19 (3), Brinder Phagura 1-19 (3), Nat Bowley 1-29 (3), and Ben Kitt 1-32 (4), the other wicket being a run out.
In reply Leicestershire CCC could only muster 113-9. The innings got off to a good start with a partnership of 31 from 3.1 for the first wicket as Nick Welch (24, 13b) and Sam Evans (23, 28b) laid a foundation at the top of the innings, but County were unable to capitalise on this.
The only other batsmen to reach double figures were Hassan Azad (16, 17b) and Phagura (13*, 16b). Yorkshire CCC won by 49 runs. Wicket-takers for Yorkshire were: Josh Shaw 2-13 (3), Dom Bess 2-18 (4), Bresnan 2-22 (3), Warner 1-10 92), Mat Pillans 1-13 (2) and Leaning 1-14 (2).
Yorkshire CCC made wholesale changes for game two. Jack Shutt, Eddie Barnes, Jordan Thompson, and Bilal Anjam replaced Bresnan, Bess, Pillans, and Tattersall. Birkhead took over the gloves from Tattersall. County made one enforced change as a result of an injury to Sam Evans. Academy member Jacob Bailey came into the XI.
Bailey was playing his first Leicestershire 2s game for some 12 months following a lengthy injury. Jacob back on the ladder! Bailey, however, not yet given the all clear to bowl.
Azad captained Leicestershire CCC, won the toss, and chose to bat. Jarrod Warner was again skipper of Yorkshire CCC. Yorkshire CCC restricted Leicestershire CCC to 116-9 from the 20 overs available. Bailey (23, 33b), batting at number eight, made the top score.
Kitt (20no, 15b) at the death, Sam Bates (18 13b) at No.3, and Phagura (13, 17b) in mid-innings, were the only other batsmen to reach double figures. Yorkshire CCC used seven bowlers, six of them picking up at least one wicket. Shaw 2-11 (3), Thompson 2-17 (4), Warner 2-28 (4), Barnes 1-9 (2), Shutt 1-20 (4), and Matthew Waite 1-14 (2).
In reply, Yorkshire CCC comfortably knocked off the runs required in 13 overs. Leaning was again a thorn in Leicestershire’s side making 45no off 32 balls. He also shared in two half-century partnerships, 57 for the second wicket with Birkhead. There was also an unbroken partnership of 54 for the third wicket with Will Fraine.
Yorkshire CCC closed closing on 117 for two from 13, winning by eight wickets. Alex Evans 1-13 (2), and left arm spinner Oli Clarke 1-26 (2) picking up a wicket each. No points were at stake in this fixture.