Lancaster claim the points in men’s seconds cricket

YORK 213 ALL OUT
LANCASTER 217/7
LANCASTER WIN BY THREE WICKETS

Images: Peter Iveson

The men’s cricket seconds lost by three wickets on the opening day of Roses 2011 as Lancaster gained two points in their attempt to retain the Carter-James trophy.

The Red Rose won the toss and stuck York into bat, striking early to see Andreas Papadolambakis dismissed for 6. Number three Tim Bierly didn’t last much longer as he edged through to the keeper playing a loose shot outside his off-stump.

The early momentum was very much with Lancaster but a strong patnership between Nihal Patel and Benedict Cooke stabilised the York innings and provided them with a platform from which to build an innings. Patel and Cooke were looking comfortable at the crease, scoring all around the wicket with boundaries flowing.

The score had progressed to 124-2 by the time Patel and Cooke were separated and it was off-spinner Hayes that did the damage, trapping Patel LBW for a nicely made 77. What followed was something of a collapse as York fell from 124-2 to 153-7.

The next man to go was Cooke, the other half of the 109 third wicket partnership, as he slapped Hayes straight to mid-on for 44. Captain Ben Bartlett fell soon after, attempting to turn Hayes into the leg side he succeeded only in getting a leading edge that looped high in the air to mid-wicket where it was snapped up to leave York at 149-5.

Only four runs were added by the time another White Rose batsman was back in the hutch as number seven Danny Cain was bowled by Hayes for a duck. Dave Brunyard suffered a similar fate, seeing his stumps knocked back by Hayes’ off-spin having failed to get off the mark, as York limped to 153-7, Hayes taking a well-earned 5for.

The dismissal of Brunyard brought number nine Will Smith to the crease and, alongside Charlie Alsop, he began to rebuild the York innings. A partnership of 32 was ended as Alsop had his timbers re-arranged by Luke Marjison.

At 185-8 York progressed to 213 all out before their innings was over with Raper falling for a duck and Charlie Clarke adding 4. Will Smith’s 29 not out was crucial in allowing York to get over 200, and at 213 they had a score that was, at least, defendable if slightly under-par.

Lancaster’s innings started strongly as openers Tubby and Harvey set about reducing the deficit. Opening bowlers Alsop and Bartlett had little success as both batsmen progressed serenely and it wasn’t until Lancaster had coasted to 78 that York struck, with Harvey driving Papadolambakis’ medium pace straight to Alsop at mid-off.

Papadolambakis struck again soon after in a carbon copy of his first wicket as number three Purvis went the same way as his colleague, Alsop once again taking the catch. Lancaster had been coasting towards their victory but their innings began to resemble York’s at this point as they began to lose wickets. Hayes was the next man to go, holing out to Cooke on the mid-wicket boundary to the bowling of Dave Brunyard.

Brunyard then nipped in again to bowl Steer-Jones leaving Lancaster requiring 84 runs off 21 overs. With the score on 151 and Lancaster 63 runs short of the total needed to win the game Helliwell was caught by Tim Bierly off the bowling of Nihal Patel.

His near-namesake Halliwell followed him back to the pavilion shortly after as captain Bartlett got in on the act, bowling the number seven for 2. The Red Rose’s score was now 151-6 and it was all beginning to get a bit tight. Pulses quickened slightly more as Tubby, the mainstay of the Lancaster innings was dismissed for a half-century, leaving Lancaster at 180-7.

Despite this the Red Rose still managed to get over the line and claim two points for their University. York captain Bartlett offered his congratulations of Lancaster and said: “It was a tough game. Lancaster just came out on top, on another day we might have nicked it but we were 40 runs too short, I think”. James Oldham’s first XI will hope to claim four points for the men’s cricket firsts as they do battle with Lancaster tomorrow morning at 11am. Follow the action on the Nouse live blog.

York’s Scorecard

1. N. Patel LBW b Hayes 77
2. A. Papadolambakis c Mid-on b Steer-Jones 6
3. T. Bierly c Keeper b Steer-Jones 0
4. B. Cooke c Mid-on b Hayes 44
5. B. Bartlett c Mid-wicket b Hayes 7
6. C. Alsop b Marjison 34
7. D. Cain b Hayes 0
8. D. Brunyard b Hayes 0
9. W. Smith NOT OUT 29
10. B. Raper st Keeper b Halliwell 0
11. C. Clarke c Mid-on b Halliwell 4

York’s Bowling Figures

1. C. Alsop 7/0/39/0
2. B. Bartlett 10/0/37/2
3. W. Smith 4/1/16/0
4. A. Papadolambakis 3/0/28/2
5. D. Brunyard 8.1/2/33/2
6. N. Patel 8/1/44/1
7. D. Cain 5/0/20/0

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