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CB40: Ballance tips scales on one horned Unicorns

— 27 May 2012

Gary Ballance stroked a Yorkshire best 103 not out and Adam Lyth ended unbeaten on 60 as Yorkshire chased down the 185 required to beat the Unicorns in the CB40 clash at Scarborough today.




Gary Ballance stroked a Yorkshire best 103 not out and Adam Lyth ended unbeaten on 60 as Yorkshire chased down the 185 required to beat the Unicorns in the CB40 clash at Scarborough today.

Ballance moves to second place in the PCA MVP rankings for the CB40. He is just 6 points off the lead currently held by Hampshire’s Michael Carberry. Joe Root is in 12th and Yorkshire rise to third place in Group C.

Andrew Gale and Adam Lyth opened Yorkshire’s chase and Gale hit Lee down the ground twice for four in the opening over, but when the skipper had 17 he was lbw playing across a full ball from Lee. Phil Jaques (3) was caught behind cutting at Glen Querl and Yorkshire were 26-2 after 6 overs. 

Yorkshire needed local boy Adam Lyth to steady the ship and he’d hit four boundaries in his initial 17. Gary Ballance hit Beaven into Popular Terrace for 6 as the Tykes went past 50. The in-form left-hander then lofted a second maximum over long-off from the same bowler.

A Lyth pull brought up three figures in the 20th over, but it was a mature knock from the Whitby-born left-hander who put aside his attacking tendencies to play with immense maturity for his side.

Ballance is playing as well as anyone in the country at the moment and reached three figures just before Lyth notched his half century. He ended with 8 fours and 4 sixes as he recorded his fourth List A century in 91 balls.

It was Lyth who cracked his 7th four off Querl to secure the victory with 7.4 overs to spare as Yorkshire secured the points.

Scarborough was ‘Scarbados’ as the sunshine baked the famous old ground and the ‘home’ Unicorns lost the toss and batted. It was a little disappointing to see a crowd of only 1,200 enjoying North Marine Road beneath blue skies.

Yorkshire kept faith with the same team that lost to Sussex at Hove on Thursday. Ryan Sidebottom removed James Ord’s off pole with his fifth legitimate delivery and when he returned from the Peasholme Park End he had Michael Thorneley brilliantly caught low to his left at slip.

Tom New, formerly of Leicestershire, was progressing with some authority at one end, but although the rate was healthy enough the outfield was lightning fast and Moin Ashraf produced four tidy overs, but Ashraf then spilled a relatively simple chance to his right in Azeem Rafiq’s first over to let off Jayden Levitt on 12.

After 15 overs the unicorns were 75-2, but the introduction of Anthony McGrath saw Levitt lbw for 15. Keith Parsons hit his side’s first maximum when he deposited Rafiq over long-onn and the Unicorns passed the 100 mark in the 20th over. Parsons then drove the returning Starc to Andrew Gale’s left at midwicket and the skipper held well at the second attempt to see his opposite number off for 19.

Starc struck again to remove Luis Reece lbw for 4 and moments later Tom New reached his fifty from 67 balls with 3 fours and Unicorns were 128-5 in the 30th over.

Tom New went to his fifty from 67 balls with 3 fours and after 31 overs the batting powerplay was taken at 137-5. New had his eye in crashed through extra cover as the Unicorns took 10 off the first powerplay over. New would end unbeaten on 83, a fantastic innings for his side, which held the Unicorns together with wickets tumbling around him. He was the one horn amongst a side where the next highest contribution was 20.

Bradley Wadlan (8) was bowled by Starc and Glen Querl (0) found Gary Ballance at long-off off Rafiq as the powerplay took wickets rather than added runs.

Warren Lee (5) was bowled by Ashraf who was consistently finding yorker length. Ashraf repeated the delivery to account for Luke Beaven (10) and Ryan Sidebottom bowled a strong final over before bowling Steven Cheetham (0) with the final ball of the 40th over as the Unicorns were all out for 184.

Starc bounced back well from his Hove nightmare with 3-36, Sidebottom equally showed his quality with 3-44 and Ashraf’s 2-40 did not flatter him.

It was good to see the Tykes back in winning ways, but if they are to progress further in the competition they need to repeat this standard against the more fancied sides. 


If Andrew Gale thinks the Unicorns present an ideal opportunity to get back into winning ways in this year’s CB40 then you only have to remind him of the home and away defeats to the Netherlands last summer. It is certainly not the competition to take the ‘minnows’ in each group lightly.

The Unicorns are fresh from victory over Kent, who beat Yorkshire in the opening round of fixtures, and will fancy their chances of making it successive wins in Scarborough on Sunday. The cobbled together side of uncontracted players has been a great success over the last couple of years and has provided the likes of Wes Durston (Derbyshire) with a platform to rejuvenate their stalled professional careers.

The Unicorns squad this season includes Amar Rashid, brother of Adil, and also Luis Reece who played so well for Leeds Bradford MCCU in early season. 

This is the first meeting between the two sides and on paper Yorkshire should be far too strong for the visitors. The Tykes will be desperate to put the heavy defeat to Sussex on Thursday behind them and it is certainly Gale’s style to come out fighting.

We always say it when we travel to the east coast, but Scarborough is a happy hunting ground for Yorkshire and with the weather feeling a lot more like summer it should be a cracking day out for ‘home’ Unicorns supporters and the Yorkshire faithful alike.



Andrew GALE (capt), Adam LYTH, Phil JAQUES, Gary BALLANCE, Joe ROOT, Anthony McGRATH, Gerard BROPHY, Azeem RAFIQ, Mitchell STARC, Ryan SIDEBOTTOM, Moin ASHRAF, Adil RASHID and Richard PYRAH.

Good to see Richard Pyrah back fit and in contention for a start. Other than that it’s the same 12 that travelled to Hove.


The CB40 fixture, which is a Scarborough Cricket Club controlled match and a home fixture for Unicorns will have the following ticket prices:

  • Yorkshire members admitted at reduced price of £10 adults, £5 concessions – current YCCC membership card MUST be shown otherwise full price will be charged

  • Usual domestic match day prices apply to non-members – £15 adults, £10 concessions

  • Scarborough CC members admitted free of charge

There will be cash only turnstiles in operation and payment cannot be accepted by card. We look forward to seeing you there.


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