A career best haul of 5-30 from 10 overs for Azeem Rafiq helped Yorkshire secure an entertaining 50-over friendly win over Bangladesh A at Headingley today as the Vikings responded superbly to being bowled out for 198 to clinch a seven-run win.
The loss of six for 49 through the middle of their innings nearly cost the hosts, who had won the toss, as they slipped from 99-2 in the 21st over.
But an unbeaten 47 from newly capped Liam Plunkett towards the back end of the innings proved crucial in recovering things from 148-8 with the help of Iain Wardlaw, who was part of a 49-run stand for the ninth wicket.
Plunkett’s four fours in 57 balls ensured the Vikings at least posted a respectable score, which still looked like being too few when opening batsman Anamul Haque was going well on the way to 69 off 92 balls.
But the tourists also collapsed from a position of strength at 116-2 in the 25th to let Yorkshire back in, led by the excellent off-spinner Rafiq.
They were eventually bowled out for 191 inside 45 overs, with Plunkett capping off a good day with the winning wicket.
After the early losses of Dan Hodgson and Andrew Gale – 11-2 – a third-wicket stand of 88 between Alex Lees and Adam Lyth, who made 45, steadied the Yorkshire ship and put them in a good position.
Lees hit the only six of the innings over mid-wicket towards the West Stand off seamer Farhad Reza before being stumped as he advanced down the track to left-arm spinner Sunny Elias, who finished with 3-25 from 10.
Spin was a large part of Yorkshire’s undoing because fellow left-armer Monimul Haque also added 2-22 from six.
Lyth, Ryan Gibson, Jack Leaning, Rafiq and Rich Pyrah all fell before the score had reached 150, with Academy all-rounder Gibson the only one of those falling to seam as the score slipped to 148-8 in the 39th over. Thankfully, Plunkett and Wardlaw combined with some effect.
Both sides struggled against spin, with the visitors losing five for 33 inside 10 overs to slip to 153-7 in the 35th.
Included in that was a loss of three for three as they fell from 116-2 to 119-5.
Gibson played a big part in opening the door for his side. He took a superb diving catch at short mid-wicket to get rid of Monimul Hossain off Rafiq in the 25th over before bowling Marshall Ayub in the 28th.
Rafiq then bowled Anamul, had Farhad Reza stumped, Sohag Gazi caught at mid-off and Sunny trapped lbw to leave the score at 163-8 in the 39th over, the visitors still needing 36.
Robiul Islam and Roqibul Hasan then shared 28 for the ninth wicket to take their side to within eight before Wardlaw trapped the former lbw in the 44th over and Plunkett bowled the latter in the next to wrap up the win.
Bangladesh A will be chasing 199 in today’s 50-over friendly at Headingley after Yorkshire were bowled out for 198.
The White Rose county, whose top-scorer was Liam Plunkett with 47 not out, were hampered by the loss of six wickets for 49 runs in 18 overs through the middle of their innings as they slipped from a position of strength at 99-2 in the 21st.
Alex Lees and Adam Lyth, who made 45, had shared 88 for the third wicket to build a platform after the early losses of Dan Hodgson and Andrew Gale, leaving the score at 11-2.
But spinners Elias Sunny and Monimul Haque (2-22 from six) were central to the collapse.
Plunkett and Iain Wardlaw, however, shared 49 for the ninth wicket to recover the score from 148-8, with Plunkett hitting four fours in 57 balls. Left-arm spinner Sunny finished with figures of 3-25 from 10 as 14 balls of the 50 overs went unused.