Fun day for York­shire at Grace Road as Fisher grabs his chance

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - CRICKET - Chris Wa­ters AT GRACE ROAD Email: chris.wa­ Twit­ter: @CWater­sYPS­port

IT WAS only £1 to get in at Grace Road yes­ter­day, which may or may not have ex­plained the healthy number of York­shire sup­port­ers in the 3,000 crowd.

The “Fam­ily Fun­day” of­fer also saw a number of attractions in ad­di­tion to the cricket, in­clud­ing a “pet­ting zoo” in which chil­dren were al­lowed to han­dle live snakes.

“You don’t have to touch the snake if you don’t want to,” ad­vised the kindly of­fi­cial in The Ben­nett Bar, hold­ing up a small brown-and-white ser­pent in front of the kids.

“Go on, Amy, go and touch the snake,” en­cour­aged an en­thu­si­as­tic par­ent, to which lit­tle Amy just screwed-up her face and shook her head quickly from side to side, as though she had just in­gested some cod liver oil.

Mean­while, out on the field, where there were crick­eters on the grass as op­posed to snakes lurk­ing in it, York­shire proved some­what more slip­pery than their hosts, ad­vanc­ing to a ninewicket win that reignited their hopes of reach­ing the knock­out stages.

Their sec­ond vic­tory in five One-Day Cup games, in­clud­ing one no-re­sult, left them third in the ta­ble with three matches left, their cam­paign con­tin­u­ing away to Der­byshire on Wed­nes­day, with the top three teams in each group pro­gress­ing.

Af­ter Le­ices­ter­shire scored 293-9 from their 50 overs, Mark Cos­grove top-scor­ing with 84, Neil Dex­ter strik­ing 50 not out and Ned Eck­er­s­ley 50, and with Matthew Fisher tak­ing 3-40, York­shire cruised home with 21 balls to spare.

Adam Lyth led the way with a bril­liant, un­beaten 132, made from 127 balls with 15 fours and two sixes, Chetesh­war Pu­jara struck 75 not out and Tom Kohler-Cad­more 74, the vis­i­tors killing off Le­ices­ter­shire as surely as a ven­omous snake bite.

Af­ter field­ing an un­changed team for their first three Cup games, prior to Fri­day’s washout at home to Not­ting­hamshire, York­shire showed four changes to their line-up here.

Club cap­tain Gary Bal­lance re­turned for the first time in over a fort­night af­ter a fa­tigue-like ill­ness, al­though Steve Pat­ter­son will re­main in charge for the rest of the tour­na­ment, while Fisher, Liam Plunkett and Jonathan Tat­ter­sall all made their first ap­pear­ances of the sea­son, with Jack Lean­ing, Tim Bres­nan, An­drew Hodd and James Wainman all mak­ing way.

In sunny con­di­tions and with a stiff breeze blow­ing, Le­ices­ter­shire chose to bat on the same pitch on which Not­ting­hamshire had scored 409-7 four days ear­lier.

Ini­tially, and also in the con­text of the even­tual re­sult, the move back­fired, the hosts slip­ping to 39-3 in­side the first 10 overs.

Fisher, bowl­ing from The Ben­nett End, took two of those wick­ets on his re­turn af­ter a side problem, trap­ping the South African left-han­der Cameron Del­port lbw with his third ball and then hav- ing Paul Horton caught at mid-off by Pat­ter­son, who did well to hold a fiercely-hit drive.

At the other end, Ben Coad ac­cepted a simple caught-and-bowled chance af­ter Colin Ack­er­man un­wisely ad­vanced to the bustling pace bowler, whose ac­cu­racy had prompted the in­dis­cre­tion.

At that stage, Le­ices­ter­shire looked in some­thing of a pickle, rather like poor old Amy in the face of the brown-and-white snake.

But York­shire’s sup­port bowl­ing was not quite so ef­fec­tive, Cos­grove and Eck­er­s­ley playing nicely to give the in­nings needed mo­men­tum.

Cos­grove, the bulky left-han­der, danced down the pitch to power Pat­ter­son for six over mid­wicket be­fore twice loft­ing Adil Rashid for straight sixes.

Eck­er­s­ley, al­though less flam­boy­ant, was no less ef­fec­tive, the right-han­der also re­veal­ing power when he also ad­vanced to club Pat­ter­son for a leg-side six.

The fourth-wicket pair added 128 in 21 overs be­fore Eck­er­s­ley mist­imed Plunkett to mid-on, Cos­grove fol­low­ing soon af­ter when he lofted Rashid to long-on, where Kohler-Cad­more some- how kept his bal­ance on the bound­ary edge to judge an ex­cel­lent high catch.

Kohler-Cad­more took an eas­ier catch off Rashid to re­move Tom Wells at long-off, be­fore Rashid caught a steepling chance close-in on the off­side to ac­count for Ben Raine off Pat­ter­son.

Coad had Cal­lum Parkin­son caught be­hind off one that climbed and Fisher had Richard Jones sky­ing to the wick­et­keeper, but Dex­ter and the tail helped Le­ices­ter­shire to a rea­son­able score.

Af­ter first-wicket stands of 80, 80 and 72 in the tour­na­ment pre­vi­ously, Lyth and Kohler-Cad­more main­tained their con­sis­tency as the day be­came in­creas­ingly cloudy and muggy.

“Fam­ily Fun­day” was “fun” only from a York­shire point of view as Lyth, in par­tic­u­lar, took a fancy to any­thing re­motely in the slot, pep­per­ing his favoured off­side re­gions.

The left-han­der went to a vel­vety half-cen­tury from 36 balls, Kohler-Cad­more fol­low­ing him to the land­mark from 55 de­liv­er­ies.

The pair had raised 153 in 23 overs when Kohler-Cad­more pulled Del­port firmly to mid­wicket, his 74 fol­low­ing pre­vi­ous scores in the tour­na­ment of 164, 39 and 89.

Lyth took an­other 60 balls to reach his cen­tury, which in­cluded 13 fours and a pulled six off Ack­er­man.

He added 142 with the princely Pu­jara, who reg­is­tered his fourth score of 50-plus in four Cup in­nings.


IN CON­TROL: York­shire’s Matthew Fisher de­liv­ers a fierce de­liv­ery, with fig­ures of 3-40, against Le­ices­ter­shire at Grace Road.

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