June 2-5, 2017 - at Headingley, Leeds
123 & 141-4 (48 overs) Yorkshire
Lancashire trail by 9 runs with 6 wickets remaining
I've just got home after watching the wonderful morning's play, and pie & chips in the Taps; I didn't bother with the last rites back at the ground.
Dream start, Sid getting Vilas, then Ben did for Chanderpaul and, effectively, that was that. Good to see Brezzy running in hard and getting some wickets. Jordan Clark swung the bat, we had a sloppy half hour with Bad Brooks bowling half-volleys and some poor fielding, which got the crowd going a bit, then we polished them off, put them out of their misery.
I (almost) felt sorry for Croft, the stick he was getting from his own supporters.
We travel down to Taunton with a bit of a cushion between us and the relegation places, so it's now easier to think positively and to eye the Championship without the distraction of fear. I might just be tempted to bring in Patto for Brooks, given the way he [Patterson] bowled there last season; alternatively, it might be necessary to bring in Carver.
Or just leave things as they are. Absolutely no problem with that.
The 2nd XI Trophy Final is on Thursday. I can't go because of Taunton, but I do urge followers to watch these youngsters at Headingley (I think) on Thursday. Day/night, if I understood the announcement.