Chasing Yorkshire’s 152 for six, the Lightning were on course for a comfortable first t20 triumph at Headingley since 2009 after Tom Smith’s 35 off 20 balls got them off to a flying start only for Richard Pyrah to claim three for 15 and leave them needing 48 from the final five overs.
It took Steven Croft to keep his composure, hitting a six and a four off the penultimate over from Liam Plunkett, and then scrambled a two off the final ball from Ryan Sidebottom to avoid defeat and deny Yorkshire their first victory in this year’s FLt20 competition.
“It was disappointing,” admitted Pyrah. “I think with five overs to go we got ourselves in a good position and should have won that game. We got a point and we needed the point because we lost the first two games.
“We’re getting better each game. Again today we were probably ten runs short and those ten runs would have put us out of site. We’ve got a decent bowling and fielding team now but just ten percent off with our batting.”
Yorkshire’s batting also got off to a good start with Phil Jaques, who finished unbeaten on 66 off 57 balls, helping them reach 55 for one after seven overs, but Lancashire’s slow bowlers restricted the scoring rate.
Jacques contribution was undermined by failing to build any substantial partnerships, with all their top six stands reaching double figures, but nothing bettered 32 in 4.1 overs for the first wicket between Jaques and Andrew Gale.
Having failed to win any of their opening three matches, it leaves Yorkshire facing a must-win game against Leicestershire Foxes on Tuesday at Headingley and Pyrah admitted: “Every game now is important and we’ve got to look to win every game – if we do that we’ll go through.
“Everyone is beating everyone in this league on their day. They’ve got a decent overseas player in Burns so on their day they can beat anyone. On our day we can beat everyone. If we perform to our capabilities and get the runs we need we’ll defend it with the ball.”
Phil Jaques anchored Yorkshire Vikings’ innings with an unbeaten 66 to help them reach a competitive 152 for six in tonight’s Roses t20 in front of a packed Headingley crowd.
Put into bat by Lancashire Lightning, the Vikings got off to a flying start with captain Andrew Gale and Jaques racing to 32 in just over four overs, only for the visitors’ slower bowlers to restrict the run-rate by taking wickets at regular intervals.
Gale fell for an aggressive 18 off 16 balls to Tom Smith’s first delivery, edging behind chasing a wide ball, but no one else in Yorkshire’s powerful batting line-up were able to keep Jaques company long enough to help post an even more commanding total.
Jaques hit six fours and a six, launched into the Western Terrace in Kabir Ali’s final over of the innings, and Yorkshire will be hoping it is a match-winning contribution.