With fine weather forecast for the week ahead Tuesday 13th June was a good day to be in Scarborough where Yorkshire Second XI faced Lancashire in a three day championship game.
Despite a poor start with both openers Brown and Turner out to Wainman's bowling with the total on 14, the visitors batted steadily all day to post an all out total of 350 just before the close.
Robert Jones, of whom Lancashire have high hopes, and veteran Procter certainly turned things round with a partnership of 128 against the five man seam attack of Yorkshire. Indeed there seemed to be very little variety in the bowling until the off spinner Jack Shutt was introduced somewhat late in the day. Procter batted sensibly for almost three hours before being caught behind by Read off Warner for 62.
Wainman, the left armer, stuck to his task well all day and he took his third wicket by clean bowling Jones, who had played the innings of the day making 93 including fourteen fours and one six. Obviously very disappointed by his dismissal so near to a century Jones, like so many young men these days, failed to raise his bat in acknowledgement of the crowd's applause as he returned to the pavilion.
Guest, the South African wicket keeper, also played a useful innings making 67 before becoming another Wainman victim. Lamb and Lilley, with a quickfire 36 also made handy contributions and Lancashire were no doubt happy with their total of 350 at the end of day one. Wainman was far and away the best bowler with 5-79.
Day two was even warmer and had quite a decent crowd compared to day one when the first team were in action against Surrey at Headingley in the fifty over competition. With some excellent batting by Yorkshire to entertain them, most of the spectators were equally impressed with Lancashire's over rate throughout the day. In the morning session of two and a quarter hours they managed to bowl 42 overs when most county first teams struggle to bowl 32 in that time.
During the morning session Yorkshire were well on their way with an opening partnership of 82 between Brook and Tattersall, who was again captaining the side. He had made a tidy 32 before he was caught behind by Guest off Lilley's off spin. Enter Yorkshire's controversial (in some quarters) signing from Worcester Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who had fielded at first slip all day yesterday and possibly only touched the ball once when he got his hands to a hard chance which went down.
Like many before him he marked his first appearance with a duck being caught behind this time off Procter. No doubt he will score runs a plenty before too long.
As so often this season Harry Brook was the hero of the day with his third second XI century in just over two weeks, to add to his three for the Academy and numerous others for Sedbergh School. He must surely have reached one thousand runs in all cricket already this season. Today he was rather more subdued, happy to take the singles as well as the usual number of boundaries and five huge sixes when the spinners Parkinson and Kerrigan were in action.
In the last over before tea with the total on triple 'nelson', 333-4, he made his first slight mistake by just raising his heel as Lilley fired one down the leg side. George Lavelle, a highly thought of youngster who has done very well as batsman wicket keeper with Lancashire under 17s had taken over from Guest at lunchtime. He made a brilliant leg side stumping and Brook, on 161 and well within sight of a double century had to go. His disappointment was clear to see but at least he did
make a slight raising of the bat to acknowledge the standing ovation.
To be fair to Brook he did make a point of raising his bat to the spectators at both ends of the ground when celebrating his century. Before he was out he had been given good support by both Callis and Gibson who each made scores in the twenties. Gibson rather the quicker of the two as usual. When they were both out another man in form Jordan Thompson had joined Brook in a partnership of 128.
Thompson, who captains the Yorkshire Academy side, is a man who does not hit the headlines very often but his recent performances have been invaluable and today he really cashed in.
After Brook was out Thompson was joined by Josh Shaw, who is returning to Gloucestershire on loan for two months, following his successful spell there last season. The two of them put on another century partnership this time 116 and took the score to 449-6 by which time Thompson had scored 127 off 127 balls with eleven fours and two sixes. A magnificent innings.
On day three Yorkshire batted on and Josh Shaw, who had already scored a century at High Wycombe earlier this season, filled his boots again with 89 and Wainman showed he can bat too with 56 not out before the declaration eventually came on 585-8. Lancashire required 238 to avoid an innings defeat. Again two early wickets for Wainman and again Procter, together with Lamb this time, began to turn things around. Fifties for both of them before Thompson took two quick wickets and at 169-6 Yorkshire were within sight of a famous victory.
However it was not to be as Procter and Lilley batted Lancashire to safety and the match ended in a draw with a final score of 212-6. Procter who batted for over six and quarter hours in the whole match saved the day with 65 not and Lilley was 20 not out at close of play.