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Stressed Carnegie lose one they should have won

— 28 June 2009

With speculation rife over the future of Michael Vaughan, right, Yorkshire Carnegie lost another game they were well on course to win – going down by 37 runs to Derbyshire Phantoms at Headingley Carnegie in their last Twenty20 Cup match of the season.

With speculation rife over the future of Michael Vaughan, right, Yorkshire Carnegie lost another game they were well on course to win – going down by 37 runs to Derbyshire Phantoms at Headingley Carnegie in their last Twenty20 Cup match of the season.


Already unable to qualify for the Quarter-Finals before today’s contest began, Yorkshire know that this defeat puts them in the Second Division when the new T20 competition begins next summer. There was plenty of drama even before Yorkshire won the toss and put Phantoms in, because Vaughan was omitted and replaced by regular skipper Anthony McGrath, who has been out of action for the past week with a whiplash injury following a car crash.


With speculation rife about Vaughan’s future and a statement expected from his employers, the England and Wales Cricket Board, in two days’ time it was decided that it would be in the best interest of all parties to leave him out of a very important match. McGrath, second picture, had not been named in the original squad, but he was declared fit earlier in the day by Yorkshire physiotherapist Scott McAllister, and it was felt that he should lead the side if at all possible.


310x620_fitbox-mcgrath_drives_twenty20_derbyshire_june_28.jpegThere was a blow for Yorkshire early in the Derbyshire innings when wicket-keeper Gerard Brophy badly dislocated a finger, and could take no further part.


His place behind the stumps was taken by substitute Jonathan Bairstow – who soon proved his worth by running out both Stuart Law and Chris Rogers when Joe Sayers hurled the ball into his gloves.


Yorkshire looked to have the game in the bag as Andrew Gale and Jacques Rudolph got them off to a cracking start in a 165-run victory chase. Gale thrashed five boundaries off the first two overs, and Rudolph weighed in with some great shots of his own.


The openers dashed up 42 inside five overs before Gale was caught at cover off Tim Groenewald for 26 off 14 balls, with six boundaries.


It was when Rudolph became the first victim of man-of-the-match spinner Jake Needham to make it 68-2 that Carnegie’s problems began to mount.


Adam Lyth was very well caught off a hard cut first ball to Needham, and although Sayers survived the hat-trick ball he was lbw in the bowler’s next over. It was Needham’s first Twenty20 bowl of the season, and he ended with 4-21 in four overs.


McGrath drove a couple of sixes and hit two fours as wickets continued to topple – but when he was caught brilliantly on the edge by Needham for 29 Yorkshire were heading towards defeat. Deon Kruis struck a gallant 22, but Law sent back Kruis and Steven Patterson with consecutive deliveries in his first Twenty20 over to end the match. Brophy was unable to bat because of his injury.


West Indian Wavell Hinds top-scored for Derbyshire with an unbeaten 49 from 44 balls, with two fours and a six, and with Rogers, 37, and Garry Park, 42, also playing their part the visitors were able to post a more than adequate score.


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Lining up for soccer: Jonathan Bairstow, Steven Patterson, Azeem Rafiq, Joe Sayers, Ajmal Shahzad, Michael Vaughan and Gerard Brophy.

Today’s Picture Coverage From Headingley Carnegie: VAUGHN RIDLEY

 

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