Head and Leaning smash tons on a day of records for Yorkshire Vikings

Travis Head: hit 175 off 139 balls
Travis Head: hit 175 off 139 balls
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A partnership of 274, a record for the county, between Travis Head and Jack Leaning helped Yorkshire complete a fourth consecutive win in the Royal London Cup, keeping them firmly on course to reach the quarter-finals.

Head hit 175 off 139 balls while Leaning finished unbeaten on 131 off 110 deliveries as Yorkshire recorded their highest against another first class county, beating the 352-6 made against Nottinghamshire in Scarborough in 2001. Their highest total, 411-4, was against Devon in 2004.

Leaning said it had been a pleasure to bat with Head, describing the 21-year-old as “a huge talent who will play a big part for Australia in the future.”

Having been asked to bowl first, Leicestershire might have thought fortune was going to favour them after Yorkshire opener Adam Lyth was run out for just two.

Fellow opener Alex Lees was stumped for 32 but 51-2 was as good as it got for the Foxes.as Head and Leaningtook charge.

They passed Yorkshire’s previous List A record partnership of 242, between Martyn Moxon and Ashley Metcalfe against Warwickshire in 1990, by the time Head passed 150 and Leaning 100 (96 balls, five fours and three sixes).

Head eventually top-edged a simple catch behind the wicket to be dismissed for 175 (remarkably, still 25 short of his best List A score of 200 made for South Australia last October), but Leaning finished unbeaten as Yorkshire continued to pile on the runs.

Leicestershire’s reply began poorly, when captain Mark Pettini was bowled by a superb in-swinging delivery from David Willey, and though Angus Robsonwas unlucky to glove an attempted hook at Tim Bresnan and be caught by the wicket-keeper down the leg-side, Kevin O’Brien can only have been disappointed with the shot that saw him give mid-wicket a simple catch.

Lewis Hill played well in going to 50 but the rest of the batsmen had no answer to the spin of Azeem Rafiq and Adil Rashid.