August 13, 2022
Recent Match Report – Yorkshire vs Lancashire Group B 2022


lancashire 228 for 3 (Wales 88, Bohannon 51) beat yorkshire 224 (Fren 41, Lamb 3-32) by wickets

Perhaps it was the eight White Rose Pennants fluttering over a mighty corporate hospitality marquee, which itself resembled a medieval pavilion. Maybe it was the semi-rural location of Clifton Park, with the busy road at our backs and 33 acres of trees and green pastures on the horizon beyond the cricket field.

In truth, though, it was probably the result of this match that reminded Towton, a place approximately 13 miles from York’s Clifton Park grounds and the scene of the bloodiest battle in the Wars of the Roses. On Palm Sunday 1572 more than 50,000 men defied it for about ten hours and the victory of the Yorkists testified to Henry VI, who was rarely match-fitted by Edward IV. It was not carnage on that scale – the surrounding rivers are said to have been bloodied – but it was the most comfortable win for Lancashire, whose batsmen reached their target of 225 with nine overs to spare. And it was easier than that.

However, even in the partisan home dressing room at Emirates Old Trafford, “Revenge for Taunton” has rarely been a battle-cry and can mean being next to Eastbourne-born Luke Wells. Yet no one was more responsible for the extensive stuffing of their old rivals Lancashire than Wales, who took 2 for 25 with their spinners, mainly leggies, and then exposed the inadequacy of Yorkshire’s 224 all outs. To score 88 runs in 67 balls.

And it all happened in front of a crowd of about 5,000 spectators, many of whom came in the hope of a victory for Yorkshire to show the superiority of a Lancashire side full of experienced professionals compared to a Yorkshire team consisting of at least four. Players who are still keeping pace with the brutal school that is first-team county cricket. In the spirit of the Royal London Cup, those trainee cricketers must have certainly learned a few things about their chosen lives.

But for some in this good-natured and loyal crowd, the day began with an incomprehensible and incoherent explosion of modernity. Less than an hour before the start of the game, Eminem stunned the audience, many of whom probably still consider The Tremelo to be cutting edge. Others were better acquainted with Slim Shady’s curious works. Smaller audiences – and many of them were beyond – held alfresco tutorials, though it didn’t last long before pedagogy wise advice prevailed.

There were no seats till exactly 11 o’clock and for almost an hour the locals enjoyed what they saw. With the aid of a generous portion of sundries and general indiscipline – Jack Blatherwick was particularly guilty – the Yorkshire openers, Will Frain and Harry Duke, scored six runs per over with Freyn’s pull over Blatherwick’s long leg. scored, causing one particularly loud cheer from most. Main stand with 2200 seats. When Duke planted a good seed for George LaValle from Will Williams and departed for 17, the noise was less pronounced and nothing but a few grunts, two overs later when Fran was dismissed for 41. Caught by Keaton Jennings off Danny Lamb. An attempted clip to square leg only dropped a catch at mid-on on the leading edge.

To an extent, the opening stand of 66 runs in 11.2 overs was as rich as Yorkshire’s day. While the remaining batsmen maintained a rate of five runs per over, the home side lost an average of one wicket every 24 balls, resulting in 33 overs later, the Vikings, well-named in the city, which claims the Jorvik Museum, were for 1698.

One or two batters, for example, Duke, ran out of good nuts. Others played a full role in his downfall. George Hill got a lamb delivery after Fran was dismissed, which crooked shortly after, but the fine youngster played across a shed and went lbw. And Hill clearly has a problem with this type of ball. In the past 11 days he has received ten balls in competitive first-team cricket and has lbw three of them. Perhaps a visit to Seidberg and a session with his old coach, Martin Spite, will be in order. Of course Hill is such a good player that he can be pinned like a butterfly every three balls.

The faults of some of Hill’s teammates were easy to see. After hitting Lamb for two lovely boundaries, Will Luxton fished a delivery from the same bowler and gave Lancastrian his third wicket. Almost inevitably, the sweep claimed a victim when Dom Bess’s arthritic effort gave umpire Jack Shantry an easy decision and Washington Sundar took his first wicket. He left Yorkshire on 137 for 7 and 20 minutes, after Tattersall was badly hit on the front pad while attempting to shovel Wales’ front foot.

Some common sense batting from Ben Codd, who scored 20, and Tom Lowten, who contributed an unbeaten 32, enabled Yorkshire to reach 224, but it was revealed that nine home batsmen reached double digits. After, no one made more than 41. And some mid-innings breaks thought the score would be competitive unless Lancashire’s top and middle-order were complacent beyond forgiveness.

The answer to that unanswered question was quickly provided. Keaton Jennings was caught at slip for 20 off a code ball, a brilliant restraining effort as he lost a spell for 19 for 19 in ten overs, but no other member of Yorkshire’s attack took less than six runs in an over. not given. Wells was dropped to 11, a one-handed tough opportunity for Hill at short cover, but that escape only gave him courage. He and Bohannon scored 102 runs in 12 overs and the game soon acquired a slightly tedious air of limited overs competition, the result of which is evident even before the facts are recorded.

Wells was dismissed at long leg by Matthew Reavis when his century was closed and Bohannon scored 51 for Loughton, but given the opportunity for some batting practice, Steven Croft and Washington Sundar in twelve overs. Akhand scored 51 runs. Quiet cricket on a hot summer evening when none of the spectators thought themselves to be small-changers. Much of the credit for this goes to the York Cricket Club, whose hospitality was excellent and whose general management of this beautiful event was beyond serious criticism.

Paul Edwards is a freelance cricket writer. he wrote for TimesESPNcricinfo, Wisden, southport visitors and other publications

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