Wicket-keeper/batsman Dan Hodgson, library picture above, had the dubious distinction of being top-scorer with 22 when Yorkshire were bundled out for 81 in the Second Eleven T20 competition against Derbyshire at Denby.
Yorkshire were trounced by six wickets in this, the first of two T20 matches against Derbyshire on the last day of the 2013 competition – but so effective was what the coaches said to them in the dressing-room that they came out at the turnaround to turn the tables.
Game 1: Derbyshire won the toss, opted to field, and Yorkshire seemed to want to get it over with as soon as possible: they proceded to imitate the lemming…a mass of humanity rushing to throw itself over the nearest cliff. Yet at 42-1 in the seventh over there was no indication of the carnage to come.
Yorkshire were dismissed for 81 in 14.5 overs, their record lowest total in the Second Eleven T20. Only opener Hodgson and and Ed Wilson, 12, reached double figures. The rest came and went in a frenzy.
Derbyshire ran home with 3.2 overs to spare, off-spinner Azeem Rafiq returning the best figures with 2-23. Wickets also went to Ian Wardlaw, 1-15, and Gurman Randhawa, 1-14.
The players were kept in the dressing room for a few minutes while the coaching staff made a few points to them. A better show all round was required after lunch and, to be fair, Yorkshire duly produced it.
Game 2: This time Yorkshire won the toss, and they also opted to field. They were much sharper all round, and more reminiscent of the team that has been improving all year.
They restricted Derbyshire to 99-9 in their 20 overs, Rafiq again leading the way with 4-11 from his four overs – the best figures ever returned for Yorkshire in the Second Eleven T20, beating Lee Hodgson`s 4-13 in 2011, also against Derbyshire, at Headingley. Skipper Richard Pyrah weighed in with 2-25, Ben Coad 1-11 and Ian Wardlaw 1-29.
Yorkshire`s response did not get off to the best start. They were 19-2 in the fourth over, with Hodgson and Wilson both dismissed cheaply, but Rafiq, 33, Pyrah, 24, and Wardlaw – 16 not out from three deliveries…6…4…6…got the job done with 6.3 overs to spare.
Yorkshire Seconds have now completed their T20 programme with four wins and three losses in eight games, one game against Nottinghamshire falling foul of the weather. Yorkshire end up with nine points, which will not get them to the Arundel finals but will give them much self-respect and the confidence that this format is no longer a closed book.
The Second Eleven scores are available via Total Cricket Live Scores. Here’s how to keep up with scorer and Yorkshire County Cricket Club website correspondent HOWARD CLAYTON: