Friday, 19 July 2013

Lees puts Derbyshire to the sword

Alex Lees, aged 20 years and 95 days, has become the youngest double centurion in Yorkshire history after stroking a dominating and record-breaking 275 against Derbyshire at Chesterfield, the main knock of a mammoth 617/5 declared. Lees, who prior to the match had made two centuries in only seven appearances, had enjoyed plaudits from none other than the great Geoff Boycott. The former England opener touted Lees as one of the best youngsters around, and no doubt is now smug in the knowledge that his predictions came true at the expense of the Derbyshire bowlers. Lees not only trumped Martyn Moxon's career-best 274, but also Boycott's 261 by some margin.

Lees, who saluted his recently passed father - who succumbed to cancer in 2011 - stated afterwards that he "really enjoyed the special moments."

"I think he's very good.... I like the whole package with him," remarked Boycott prior to the feat. Not only did Lees break a slab-full of individual records, but his 311 partnership with fellow centurion Phil Jacques was also a Yorkshire record, the highest against Derbyshire, and Lees' knock was the third-highest score at the ground. Only Brown's 300 and Perrin's 343 survived.

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