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2ndXI win at Shenley

The 2nd team have won their final Championship group game against MCC YC at Shenley by 171 runs

MCC Young Cricketers v Lancashire, 2ndXI Championship, Shenley 3-5 September
Lancashire won by 171 runs - MCC YC 6 points, Lancashire 23  [Final Table]

Toss: Lancashire
Lancashire 1st innings
251 all out (72.3 overs) Brown 91, Croft 91, Dobb 3-86
MCC YC 1st innings 213 all out (73.3 overs) Piesley 49, Lilley 5-60, Parry 2-28, Bailey 2-39
Lancashire 2nd innings 282-8 (69.4 overs) Clark 107*, Newby 55, Dobb 3-69
MCC YC 2nd innings 149 all out (46.2 overs) Lilley 3-22, Croft 2-11, Parry 2-34

Team: Stephen Moore, Karl Brown, Steven Croft, Alex Davies (wkt), Jordan Clark, Liam Livingstone, Oliver Newby, Kyle Jarvis, Arron Lilley, Gavin Griffiths, Tom Bailey, Stephen Parry.

Day 1 - Moore fell for a duck in the first over but then a partnership of 184 for the second wicket from Brown and Croft revived Lancashire's innings. Croft was the first to bring up his 50 in the 24th over off 67 balls, followed by Brown the next over (78 balls). They were unbeaten at lunch with Lancashire 155-1. Wickets tumbled after the break to leave Lancashire at 191-4 on a wicket that was showing signs of spin. Livingstone and Clark added 35 before the final six wickets fell for 25 as Lancashire were all out for 251.

A solid start by the MCCYC openers was finally broken with the introduction of Bailey. Gough was caught by Jarvis at gully and Bailey struck again two overs later removing Piesley lbw for 49. At close MCCYC had reached 111-2.

Day 2 - Early pressure from Lancashire's bowlers restricted MCC to who added just 46 in 20 overs before a breakthrough arrived with the run out of Arthuriton for 42 by Bailey. Three more wickets followed before lunch for 31 runs in 15 overs, with Lilley claiming two of them. Parry on his first match since breaking his arm, took the other. The MCC innings ended soon after the break, Lilley finishing with 5 for 60.

Leading by 38, Lancashire started positively but had lost Moore (18), Brown (39) and Croft (28) to be 94-3 at tea. Two quick wickets after tea made that 106-5, and the match evenly balanced, before Clark (78*) and Newby (50*) slowly turned the game Lancashire's way. The pair adding a further 126 runs and were still there at the close, with Clark reaching his fifty from 86 balls and Newby in 84 balls (in the last over of the day). Going in to the final day, Lancashire had extended their lead to 270.

Day 3 - Lancashire added 50 runs for the loss of 3 wickets before declaring, Clark finishing on 107 not out. Chasing 321 to win, MCCYC lost Gough to a run out by Griffiths for 1. After lunch the Lancashire spinners took wickets regularly as the MCCYC's struggled to cope with the turning conditions. Parry struck first in the 4th over after lunch, Piesley caught at slip for 33. Parry claimed a second wicket when he had Hose lbw for 52 as MCCYC slipped from 103-2 to 149 all out. Lilley took three wickets and Croft two, with the final wicket of Porter a run out and Dobb absent injured leaving Lancashire winners by 171 runs.

Darrin White