Yorkshire’s young line-up slipped to a disappointing five wickets defeat to Group C leaders Gloucestershire with 11 balls remaining in today’s YB40 match at Headingley.
Needing to win all their remaining games to have any chance of qualifying for the semi-finals, Yorkshire reached a respectable 240 for six thanks to Phil Jaques’ 7-0 and Adil Rashid’s unbeaten 43 off 30 balls, but were unable to prevent Gloucestershire reaching their victory target of 243 for five.
Already without Joe Root, Tim Bresnan and Jonny Bairstow through England commitments, Yorkshire decided to rest Ryan Sidebottom and Steve Patterson and give a debut to Ben Coad, a 19-year-old seamer from Harrogate, and gave all-rounder Will Rhodes his fifth run out in the YB40 competition.
Both youngsters made encouraging contributions with Coad, bowling in a similar style to Patterson, finishing with one for 42 from his eight overs while Rhodes contributed 19 useful runs to an unbroken 52-run stand off 46 balls with in-form Adil Rashid.
But they could do little to prevent an impressive Gloucestershire side easing to victory with Michael Klinger and Gareth Roderick, moved up the order after Chris Dent hurt his side in the field, forging an 119-run stand off 118 balls that laid the foundations for victory.
Choosing to bat first after winning the toss, the Vikings’ innings was built around a 63-run partnership off 67 balls between Jacques and Gary Ballance after openers Andrew Gale and Richard Pyrah fell inside the first 11 overs.
Once Ballance fell, caught in the deep attempting a slog sweep for 37 off Miles Hammond, a 17-year-old off-spinner also making his debut, Yorkshire’s middle order collapsed and prevented them posting a more competitive total.
Lyth was bowled by Alex Gidman through the gate six overs later and Jacques’ impressive 70 off 86 balls was ended in his next over when the Australian was bowled attempting a paddle sweep. Left-arm seamer David Payne claimed Gloucestershire’s third wicket in as many overs when Andrew Hodd also edged him to slip.
It took an impressive unbeaten 43 off 30 balls from Rashid, building on his three centuries in as many championship matches, alongside some useful support from Rhodes to help Yorkshire reach their respectable total.
But Klinger’s career-best 96, which included six fours and three sixes, helped Gloucestershire consolidate their position at the top of the group despite a late collapse of four wickets in five overs and now leaves Yorkshire concentrating their efforts on other competitions in their 150th year.
Important innings from Phil Jaques and Adil Rashid helped Yorkshire Vikings reach a competitive 240 for six in today’s YB40 Group C match against Gloucestershire at Headingley.
Having won the toss and decided to bat first in a match they need to win to keep their hopes of qualification alive, Yorkshire’s total was built around a 63-run stand off 67 balls between Jaques and Gary Ballance.
They came together after Andrew Gale and Richard Pyrah, the Vikings’ openers, fell inside the first 11 overs of the innings and looked to have put them on course for a major total against the Group C leaders.
But Ballance fell to Miles Hammond, Gloucestershire’s impressive 17-year-old off-spinner, when he was caught at backward square attempting a slog sweep for 37 and Yorkshire lost momentum for a few overs.
Jacques fell for 70 off 86 balls, including seven fours, when he was bowled by Alex Gidman trying a paddle sweep and was one of three wickets to fall in a three over spell that threatened Yorkshire’s hopes of setting a competitive total.
Adil Rashid ensured they achieved that objective by hitting an unbeaten 43 off 30 balls, building on his impressive form in the championship, although Gloucestershire restricted them to only one boundary in the final five overs.