Lancashire ended their two-week tour of Barbados on a high as half-centuries from Stephen Moore and Mark Chilton helped them to get the better of Yorkshire at the 3 Ws Oval yesterday.
The Red Rose lifted the War of the Roses trophy after gaining a first innings lead by finishing the match on 266-7 after 94 overs in reply to the White Rose county’s opening day effort of 226-9.
Moore, who retired not out at lunch with 54 off 87 balls to his name, shared an opening partnership of 92 inside 25 overs with Tom Smith (38) before the latter was caught at point advancing down the track to off-spinner Azeem Rafiq.
Rafiq recorded the pick of Yorkshire’s figures with 3-88 from 22 overs, while leggie Adil Rashid claimed 2-72 from 24 and overseas trialist Tino Best 1-12 from 14. Oliver Hannon-Dalby picked up the other wicket.
Bajan Best was arguably the pick of their bowling as he looks to earn a contract at Headingley, although he put the wind up Moore and Sutton with a couple of unintentional beamers.
Chilton notched 59 off 93 balls, sharing a fourth wicket partnership 73 in just short of 25 overs with Luke Sutton (29).
Summing up the tour, Lancashire head coach Peter Moores said: “Our lads have gone about it the right way. They have played some good intense cricket. We’ve come out here and looked in pretty good shape.
“The bowlers have hit their areas, the batsmen have scored some runs. We have played on some good surfaces for pre-season, they’ve been pretty flat meaning the bowlers have had to work hard and the batsmen get a chance to make a score.”
Shortly after Moore and Smith brought up Lancashire’s 50, the ex-Worcester man picked up two successive boundaries off seamer James Lee. One was an eye-catching straight drive, the punted through square-leg.
Smith went just before lunch, and Paul Horton went soon after, caught by Joe Sayers off the bowling of Rafiq, to leave the score at 110-2 in the 30th.
Steven Croft was trapped lbw to a Best ball that kept low before Rafiq grabbed his third wicket when Chilton fell to a carbon copy of Smith’s earlier dismissal. The right-hander had hit five boundaries.
Gareth Cross walloped a six and two fours over long-on and mid-wicket in three balls off Rafiq on the way to a breezy 22, but the keeper was caught behind by Jonny Bairstow to help Rashid open his account.
It was the first of three wickets to fall for 20 runs in eleven overs, with Lancashire falling to 244-7 in the 81st having also lost Sutton lbw to Rashid and Sajid Mahmood lbw to Hannon-Dalby.
Kyle Hogg (13 not out) and Simon Kerrigan (17 not out) then shared an unbroken partnership of 22. Hogg hit one four and Kerrigan three.
While the Red Rose were playing in hot weather on the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies yesterday, it will surely be a stark contrast in temperature when they turn up the Racecourse ground to play the students of Durham University next Saturday.
Summary of Scorecard from 2-day match
Lancashire’s bowling: Mahmood 12-4-24-1, Hogg, 11-7-8-1, Smith 11-3-25-1, Cheetham 17-7-38-0, Croft 15-1-53-0, Kerrigan 28-5-71-6.
Lancashire’s batting: Smith 38 off 75, Moore 54 off 87, Horton 11 off 21, Chilton 59 off 93, Croft 7 off 17, Sutton 29 off 124, Cross 22 off 34, Hogg 13 no off 50, Mahmood 1 off 12, Kerrigan 17 no off 31.
Graham Hardcastle reporting from Barbados
Photos: Simon Pendrigh
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