YORKSHIRE SECOND ELEVEN WON BY 99 RUNS
YORKSHIRE SECOND XI 278/5 (DLS adjusted from 265/5)
MIDDLESEX SECOND XI 179 a/o
It wasn't meant to be today in the 2nd XI Trophy Final as Yorkshire claimed a 99 run victory at Headingley.
After a rain delayed start, which ultimately led to 12 overs being reduced from each innings, Middlesex won the toss and elected to bowl, knowing a strong start was required. However, it was Yorkshire that started brightly, reaching 65 before the loss of their first wicket, Tattersall caught by Compton off the bowling of Godsal. Despite this, Yorkshire seemed unfazed as Brook and Gibson put on a partnership of 108 before the latter was dismissed by Barber with Yorkshire on 173/2. Barber was at it again shortly after, this time claiming the wicket of the impressive Brooke, out for 112.
The final two wickets of the Yorkshire innings were Callis and Thompson, with Podmore and Sowter claiming a wicket apiece, before the hosts' innings was again disrupted by rain, prematurely being brought to an end with the score on 265/5. With a DLS adjustment, the hosts total was amended to 278, setting Middlesex a target of 279 for victory.
Middlesex in their reply got off to a disappointing start, losing opening batsman Higgins in the first over, before Lace retired hurt after a head injury, with just 5 runs on the scoreboard. Scott then joined Compton at the crease, before the former was dismissed for 19, with Middlesex on 32/2. The next batsman in was White, who was able to forge a useful partnership with Compton of 61, before White himself was caught by Callis off Thompson. Compton was the next to go, trapped in front by Thompson for a terrific 57 off just 43 balls.
With Davies and Manuwelge at the crease, the pair were able to put on a partnership of 60 before the former was dismissed, stumped by Read, with Middlesex on 162/4. The team struggled from that point on and were only able to add 17 more runs to their total before the conclusion of their innings and therefore the match.
Despite the disappointment of today, the team should be immensely proud of what they were able to achieve this campaign. With so much talent in the ranks we can be sure to expect big things in the future!