ECB North v South series, 2nd match March 19, 2017

South's Northeast blows North West

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South 346 for 6 (Northeast 118*, Dawson 83, Malan 78) beat North 299 for 9 (Bresnan 74, Duckett 64) by 47 runs

Sam Northeast's century set up a series win for South v North © Getty Images

Sam Northeast hit a fine unbeaten century as the South clinched the new North-South Series with a match to spare thanks to a 47-run victory at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Northeast, the Kent captain, made an unbeaten 118, and shared the match-winning partnership of 170 with Liam Dawson, as the South piled up 346 for 6 after being put in by North captain Keaton Jennings - with Dawid Malan adding an authoritative 78 to the unbeaten century he scored in the opening game on Thursday.

Ben Duckett gave the North the flying start they needed in reply, racing to a 32-ball half century and sharing a third-wicket stand of 74 with Liam Livingstone which contained the most absorbing cricket of the series.

But after Toby Roland-Jones had Livingstone well caught by Steven Finn off a top-edged hook, Dawson claimed the key wicket of Duckett for 64, and the Hampshire allrounder went on to earn figures of 2 for 46 in his second tidy spell of the series - although they were slightly dented by Tim Bresnan, who thumped a typically defiant 74 from 66 balls to reduce the North's margin of defeat.

The South will now be aiming for a 3-0 whitewash when the series concludes in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

Both sides made two changes from the first game, with Tom Alsop and Tim Groenewald replacing Lewis Gregory and Mason Crane for the South, and Josh Poysden and Saqib Mahmood making their North debuts as Mark Wood and Graeme White took a rest.

Bresnan gave the North the perfect start after Jennings had chosen to field in roasting heat, opening up with a maiden which ended with Daniel Bell-Drummond edging a drive to Joe Clarke.

That was the first wicket the South had lost in the series and after watching Malan and Bell-Drummond seal a 10-wicket win on Thursday their captain James Vince made an immediate impression as he stroked 46 from 41 balls in a second-wicket stand of 113 with Malan.

But the North's spinners pegged back the South, with Vince bowled by Livingstone, Poysden bowling a tidy eight-over spell, and Yorkshire's Jack Leaning claiming the wickets of Malan and Alsop in consecutive overs with his occasional off-spin.

That left the South under pressure for the first time in the series at 142 for 4. But Dawson joined Northeast to strike 83 from 68 balls with five fours and three sixes.

He holed out to long-off, giving Harry Gurney his first wicket of the series, but Northeast moved on to his third List A century, seizing his first chance to impress the England head coach Trevor Bayliss who was again watching with selectors James Whitaker and Mick Newell.

Finn and Tom Curran claimed early wickets when the North replied under the floodlights, Sam Hain edging Finn to Ben Foakes, and Curran pinning his England Lions captain Jennings lbw.

Curran's second ball at Livingstone was a no-ball which the Lancashire right-hander edged wide of second slip for four - and he then dispatched the free hit over extra cover for six into the corporate seats.

Livingstone added a second six over long leg off Finn, while Duckett combined improvisation with some more orthodox shots in hitting nine fours and a six.

But their dismissals left the North with a mountain to climb, and despite promising starts from Clarke and Leaning, only Bresnan played an innings of substance - and by then it was far too late.

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  • JohnYelton on March 21, 2017, 1:17 GMT

    AATIF456 Coughlin has a list A batting average of less than 10, and a bowling average of greater than 100. I am sure that is not indicative of his talent, but it is not clear how he got the call to play.....

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 21, 2017, 0:26 GMT

    It would be funny if he married and his wife's last name turns out to be 'Southwest'. LOL !

  • aatif456 on March 20, 2017, 16:14 GMT

    too strange north played coughlin purely as a batsman. not a single over he bolwed so what was he doing in the team?

  • simplythebest... on March 20, 2017, 15:18 GMT

    Very glad that Northeast took his chance when he finally got it. The fact that he wasn't overawed by the occasion must have done him favours in the selectors eyes too (not that it was a massive game, but he must have been nervous not to muck up it up now that he'd finally got an opportunity in front of Bayliss & co).

    Hope Gregory plays the last game - 3 overs of bowling and no batting (because DBD & Malan stole the show) in the first game is hardly a fair test.

    Livingstone, Bresnan, Malan, Northeast, Dawson, TRJ (his middle overs bowling has gone 'under the radar' a bit - was superb in the 1st game particularly) & TC the ones making themselves heard so far. Joe Clarke, DBD & Duckett have been decent in 1 game but will need to put together another good innings in the final game to really put themselves in front of the selectors.

    All it takes is 1 match-winning performance from one of the rest to get noticed though!

  • cricfan44810102 on March 20, 2017, 14:00 GMT

    Sam Northeast is a superb player and Malan is a joy to watch when in full flow. I would like to see them given a chance. My goodness bayliss actually went to the game it MUST be nice to put faces to names.

  • JohnYelton on March 20, 2017, 13:43 GMT

    I am surprised that Bresnan and Groenewald are in the game. The others all appear to be possible future England players. And I agree with others, Malan has certainly earned the right to a change in the 50 over England team, and Northeast has finally converted promise to achievement.

  • Cricinfouser on March 20, 2017, 12:16 GMT

    I think Malan is making an exceptional case to be at least in the Ireland squad when we know a few players will be rested/allowed to continue in the IPL as long as he does ok in them I'd at least give him a game or 2 against SA.

  • Dave on March 20, 2017, 11:36 GMT

    It is odd how folk like Billings and Northeast are given some England kudos but Malan doesn't get the same level of praise. He's gone out to T20 leagues elsewhere and succeeded, hit some good runs with the Lions and yet doesn't seem to have the journalists jumping. Should be in the ODI and T20 team at bare minimum.

  • Eadezee on March 20, 2017, 11:07 GMT

    Northeast is a test match player, if he is given a chance he'll play 75 Tests & could easily be England captain. Just give him a chance, please.

  • cricfan86978492 on March 20, 2017, 6:39 GMT

    oh please!just get malan in the team.he is scoring runs all the time and i don't know what he has to do anymore?malan is better than hales at the moment and rashid is a spent product.must get dawson in for rashid.moeen is much better nowadays.he has better control but having livingstone in for moeen is a innovative idea.lots of responsibility in the hands of selectors

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