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Another Awful Roses Stalemate

By Gary Watton
May 19 2017

Trust good old Old Trafford to produce yet again a pitch that did little to enhance the chances of a result, but simply allowed several batsmen to fill their boots on this buffet pitch. I'm all for pitches where bowlers have to work hard for their wickets, but for the second successive year, the red rose contingent have constructed a pitch that would have required about eight days to obtain a win for either protagonist. I guess that ultimately one could say that neither bowling unit did anywhere near enough to warrant a victory. Still, one bowler did have cause to celebrate, as Jack Brooks, batting at nine compiled his maiden first class century. A hearty congratulations to the headband warrior, but that was perhaps a barometer of how docile the pitch obviously was!

Yorkshire did by and large dominate this skirmish, but it was Lancashire who took most points. Both teams will know that a plethora of draws is not going to provide either with any County Championship honours. The Tykes, I'm afraid, are so insecure about their top order batting that they will insist on all rounders like Rafiq, possibly at the expense of wicket takers like young Carver. This policy then potentially impacts upon our chances of taking twenty wickets on difficult pitches.


Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; in Manchester; Friday the nineteenth to Monday the 22nd of May. YORKSHIRE chose to bat first.


YORKSHIRE first innings: 448 for eight declared (Leaning 118, Brooks 109*, Ballance 74; Bailey 4-116)

Lancashire first innings: 432 (Chanderpaul 106, McLaren 84, Kerrigan 59; Bresnan 3-69, Rafiq 3-128)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 177 for one (Handscomb 101*, Lees 62*)


Match drawn. Lancashire ten points, YORKSHIRE nine points.


Lyth - Adam produced two more miserable failures. He has two one-day fifties from recent weeks, but otherwise his form has been disappointingly substandard.

Lees - Leesy improved his averages with a much-needed second innings half century. He needs to deliver big knocks more often in the first innings however.

Handscomb - Our latest Australian prodigy atoned for his first innings 29 with a swashbuckling maiden CC century on the fourth afternoon, featuring 13 boundaries.

Ballance - Gary 'Bradman' hit eleven fours in another impressive knock, before succumbing on 74. Still, he has maintained his batting average in excess of 100!

Leaning - Jack the lad painstakingly constructed a long overdue ton. He was the glue that held the first innings together. This needs to be a turning point for JL.

Bresnan - Tim could only manage thirteen runs with the bat. However his bowling average for the match was a decent 23, although he wasn't particularly economical.

Rafiq - He couldn't really replicate his fine Royal London form of late, hitting a mere sixteen, while his three wickets averaged almost forty-three runs apiece.

Hodd - Andy contributed to the middle order revival with forty-four useful runs and then weighed in with three catches, which represented a satisfactory effort.

Brooks - JB took an early wicket in Lancashire's reply but it was downhill thereafter. However he had already hit the heights, helping himself to an outstanding century.

Coad - Ben was sufficiently streetwise to occupy the crease to enable Brooks to reach his landmark. He also then managed to take the prize wicket of Chanderpaul.

Sidebottom - This was a decent return for the veteran swinger, as he sent down twenty-two overs, costing only sixty runs and producing two top order wickets.


BATSMEN 'CHART' (minimum requirement: one hundred runs and average in excess of forty):

Ballance: average - 116.4; 582 runs; highest score - 203*

Rashid: average - fifty-two; 104 runs; highest score - 65

Handscomb: average - 45.83; 275 runs; highest score - 101*

Leaning: average - 45; 180 runs; highest score - 118

Hodd: average - forty-two; 126 runs; higher score - fifty-four


BOWLERS' 'CHART' (minimum requirement: ten wickets):

Coad: average - 16.35; 23 wickets; best bowling - six for 37

Bresnan: average - 26.58; twelve wickets; best bowling - four for fifty-three

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