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Match Report

Kerrigan has Yorkshire in a spin

Kerrigan has Yorkshire in a spin

Left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan lit up the 3 Ws Oval with a super six-wicket haul as Lancashire dominated Yorkshire on the first day of their two-day friendly in Barbados yesterday.

The 20 year-old Prestonian, who has yet to make his competitive first team debut, claimed the wickets Andrew Gale, Jonny Bairstow, Lee Hodgson, Azeem Rafiq, James Lee and Oliver Hannon-Dalby as the White Rose finished their day of batting on 226-9 from 94 overs. He finished with figures of 6-71 from 28 overs.

Anthony McGrath, who has enjoyed batting against Lancashire over the years, and Adil Rashid ended the day with 62 and 66 not out respectively.

“One of the bonuses of pre-season tours is that people like Kerrigan can come in and get a game with and against first team players,” said coach Peter Moores. “We had it last year when Parry played a one-day game against Yorkshire that really kick-started him. Hopefully this can do the same for Keggsy.”

Kyle Hogg, Sajid Mahmood and Tom Smith all added a wicket each as Yorkshire struggled to break free on a slow track against some disciplined bowling. Hogg even finished proceedings with miserly figures of 1-8 from eleven overs.

But it was Kerrigan’s day. Playing in a side with only the spin of Steven Croft for company, his first two wickets of Gale and Bairstow came in consecutive overs to reduce the Tykes to 118-4 in the 55th over.

Gale fell to a superb reflex catch by wicketkeeper Gareth Cross after the ball had rebounded back off the chest of Paul Horton at slip.

But there was nothing fortunate about his second wicket, as he uprooted Bairstow’s off stump with a flighted delivery that turned passed the outside edge. He later trapped Hodgson and Rafiq lbw before completing his five-for when Lee was caught at slip by Oliver Newby. He bowled Hannon-Dalby two balls later.

Moores added: “Simon’s still got work to do, as have all youngsters, but we know that he gets some good shape on the ball. He should get a huge amount of confidence from this because he’s learnt that he can take wickets at first team level.”

Hogg had started Lancashire’s day in style after Gale had won the toss and elected to bat. The all-rounder had Adam Lyth caught behind in only the second over of the day.

Joe Sayers was trapped lbw by Mahmood following a second wicket stand of 58 with McGrath, although there was more than a hint of bat, while Smith later had McGrath caught behind by Luke Sutton to leave the score at 151-5 in the 70th.

Rashid’s entertaining 66 off 117 balls, including seven fours, helped the White Rose beyond the 200 mark ahead of their day in the field today.

Graham Hardcastle reporting from Barbados
Photos: Simon Pendrigh
(c) Lancashire CCC Ltd


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