Yorkshire opener Finn Bain scored 42 on his first-class debut on day two of the Roses match at Old Trafford due to inclement weather. Bean hit the headlines in June when he scored 441 runs in the Second XI Championship match against Nottinghamshire, the highest score in the competition’s history.
The 20-year-old left-hander turned down an academy contract at Headingley at the end of 2020 and worked as a mechanic while playing league cricket for York, but was recalled to play second-team cricket earlier this season.
He has since signed rookie terms at Headingley and has now made his Yorkshire debut in both 50-over and now County Championship cricket.
He played the last three games in the ODI Cup, top-scoring with 61 on his debut against Kent. And on his first start in red-ball cricket, he hit five fours for 42 off 116 balls.
He helped Yorkshire to close behind 146 at 130-4 in 53 overs in reply to Lancashire’s first innings of 276.
A total of 36 overs were lost due to night and morning rain and poor lighting later – and no play beyond 17:20 BST.
When play resumed at 12.55 BST, with the hosts on 272-8, Lancashire’s collapse continued as they lost their last two wickets for 276 – an effort that fell well short of expectations, otherwise from tea. Some time ago he had scored 180 runs without any loss. on the first day
The Red Roses lost their last nine wickets for just 45 runs, including George Hill’s career-best 6-26 against Seven, who were not required.
A wicket each from Jordan Thomson and Ben Codd ensured Lancashire’s first innings ended in 26 balls.
Thomson had George Lavelle caught for 18 before Codd got Parkinson lbw to finish with 3-20.
But, after losing Adam Leith in the sixth over when he edged Will Williams to short leg, Benn responded with impressive powers of concentration to reach the mark in 19 balls.
He then hit back-to-back boundaries down the ground off Williams as he shared a 63-run partnership with Harrowhill for Monday’s six-wicket haul.
But Hull was bowled out for 32 by Matt Parkinson’s peach of a leg-spinner shortly before tea – 76-2 in the 29th over. Bean was then bowled lbw by Tom Bailey’s yorker before Williams returned to Will Frein.
Tom Koehler-Cadmore, who hit Parkinson for a six over long-on, came to the fore, and captain Jonny Tattersall was unbeaten on 24 for the team.
Lancashire bowling coach Graham Onions:
“The game’s in the balance. We fought pretty well with the ball and they batted nicely. They played and missed a lot, but they hung in there and showed quite a lot of character. The two young lads played pretty well.
“With regards to our bowling, we did a lot of things right. We put the ball in some good places. We probably feel we deserved a few more wickets.
“The weather halted the day, but we feel we’re on the cusp of breaking them and putting them under pressure.”
Yorkshire opener Fin Bean:
“The nerves were going, but it was good to get out there with Lyth, who I’ve watched. It was good to get a few games in the Royal London to break me into first-team cricket.
“It was nipping about a bit early doors, and there was a bit of variable bounce. The lads think the pitch has got slower, and it’s harder to score boundaries, especially when the ball has gone softer. It’s about being patient.
“In the second team, I needed a big score to get a contract. But this innings shows that I can play at this level, which is a big thing for a young player.”