Lord’s ton for Halifax’s Alex

Alex Lees
Alex Lees

Halifax’s Alex Lees made an early departure on day two of the Yorkshire’s championship match against Middlesex after scoring a memorable Lord’s century yesterday.

The 20-year-old left hander was unable to add to his overnight 100 not out, which had helped the white rose county to 215 for two in a day’s play cut short by persistent drizzle and bad light.

Lees’ ton at the home of cricket came on only this third county championship appearance for Yorkshire.

He batted for more than four and a half hours and faced 221 balls when he swept off spinner Ollie Rayner to the boundary late yesterday.

Lees grabbed his chance in a Yorkshire side lacking England players Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan as well as Gary Ballance (virus), Jack Brooks (broken thumb) and Moin Ashraf (stiff back).

Tipped by no less a judge than Geoffrey Boycott as a future England star, the Yorkshire Academy product was elated with yesterday’s success.

“As a boy, you dream of scoring your first Championship century and there’s no better place to do it than at the home of cricket,” he said.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever been to Lord’s; I was in the squad a couple of years ago for a one-day game here but Joe Root came back to play and I returned to the second team.

“I was a little bit nervous as my hundred approached, which is probably only human, but it helped to have the captain (Andrew Gale) with me at the other end to guide me through.

“I’m really happy and hopefully I can continue on the second day because there’s still a lot of hard work to be done.”

After scores of 6, 4 and 2 in his first three Championship innings, there was a certain amount of pressure on Lees, who reached three-figures in the day’s penultimate over.