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Brook Shields Yorkshire SET to a Quantum Leap

Yorkshire well SET

By Rogers and Out
June 8 2017

Rogers and Out describes from Headingley our comprehensive 2nd Eleven defeat, Beer seemed a better idea.  

An excellent innings of 112 by Harry Brook paved the way for Yorkshire to take the Second Eleven Trophy by an emphatic margin of 99 runs against us at a rainy Headingley.

He was assisted by Ryan Gibson and captain Will Rhodes who both made half centuries. We were set a daunting total of 279 to win as per Duckworth Lewis from 40 (I think) overs and it proved a bridge too far, despite the gallant efforts of Nick Compton, Jack Davies and Don Manuwelge.

I had decided to extend my cricketing trip to Southport by a day to take in this match and was accompanied part of the way by the Spanish triathlon team as the World Championship is taking place at Leeds (home of the Brownlees) this weekend.

I was always going to miss the start of play but the rain delay meant I arrived after just seven overs, with us having inserted Yorkshire and they had clocked up 32/0 in that time.

Harry Podmore and Tom Barber were bowling for us, and in the first over I saw him deliver, Tom was dispatched to the boundary three times by the hard hitting Brook.

Ryan Higgins and Arthur Godsal then came on to arrest the run rate which they managed to do successfully for a few overs. Indeed Arthur induced the less fluent Jonathan Tattersall to hole out to Compo at mid off and Yorkshire were 65/1 in the 13th over.

This brought Ryan Gibson to the crease and both he and Brook really started to up the ante. Despite a lengthy rain delay, this pair put us to the sword to the tune of 108 runs, before Gibson was caught by Compo, again at mid off, this time from the bowling of Barber.

The unfortunate Godsal managed to concede eight runs from one ball when Brook crashed his no ball over the ropes and soon after, he clocked up a well deserved ton, although Compo was close to catching the aerial drive that confirmed his century.

He eventually perished when attempting a ramp shot to Tom Barber, but Will Rhodes hit a quick fire fifty and Yorkshire ended up on 265/5 after 38.4 overs when rain curtailed their innings.

It looked like another lengthy delay so myself and my cousin popped over to the Oak in Headingley for some sustenance. On the way out of the ground we met up with one of Joe Root's brothers who was telling us about his footballing prowess - he plays for Sheffield United's youth team.

Whilst in the Oak, I saw that we were quickly one wicket down (Ryan Higgins) and I must confess, beer was looking a better prospect than cricket.

When we arrived back at the ground, Robbie White had just been dismissed and we were 98/3 from 13 overs. What I didn't know was that Tom Lace had retired hurt soon after Higgo's dismissal, apparently having taken a blow to the head. He wasn't able to bat again so let's hope he makes a speedy recovery.

Nick Compton, however, had clocked up a rapid half century and was keeping us in striking distance of the target. I understand that there were grumblings from the locals that we were fielding an ex-Test player in a second eleven match, so there were big celebrations when Jordan Thompson trapped him leg before when he attempted to flick one down the on side.

Jack Davies and Don Manuwelge bravely battled on and made a fifty partnership which got us tantalisingly close to the D/L projection. However, once they had been dismissed, the game was up and Yorkshire quickly skittled us for 179 to clinch a comprehensive victory.

It had been a good effort to reach the final, but it was the power of Yorkshire's batting that won the day and the trophy.

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