Forget the first team for a minute…Yorkshire Seconds could clinch a home Trophy semi-final if they beat the Red Rose today (Tuesday) after Phil Jaques, above, returned from injury to crack a century and help them to a nailbiting 21-run victory over Nottinghamshire yesterday.
Yorkshire ran up their highest Trophy score of the season, 252-6, after being put in at Barnsley – but they almost lost. Their triumph came despite the highest eighth-wicket stand ever recorded against Yorkshire in the one-day competition.
Yorkshire were invited to bat…and bat they did. A rejuvenated Eliot Callis ran up 44 from 57 deliveries with seven fours in his most forceful display of the season, but Jaques proved his fitness with 105 in 97 balls and 13 fours. They posted 99 for the first wicket, and Dan Hodgson, 35, continued the good work at No.3.
Some wickets fell cheaply as the overs ran out, but Oliver Robinson, undefeated on 14, showed a calm temperament to ensure that Yorkshire used all 40 overs and set a target of 253 at 6.325 runs per over.
The bowlers then reduced the visitors to 89-7 by the 23rd over…but cricket is never a game to call…Brett Hutton, 64 with four fours and four sixes, and George Bacon, 58 with three fours and four sixes, almost pulled off the most astonishing win an eighth-wicket stand of 127 from only 86 deliveries.
This was not just the highest eighth-wicket stand by either side in games between them in the Trophy: it is the highest eighth-wicket partnership by any pair against Yorkshire in the competition – swamping the previous best of 84 by J A Daley and D M Cox for Durham at Bishop Auckland in 1993.
Yorkshire skipper Richard Pyrah had to bring back his opening bowlers, Moin Ashraf and Iain Wardlaw – who obliged with the last three wickets in 10 balls. Ashraf again led the way with 3-36, ably supported by Wardlaw, 2-32, Ben Coad, 2-37, and Oliver Robinson, 2-36. Robinson also claimed the other wicket with the direct hit run-out of Adam Tilcock, who recently made an unbeaten century for Nottinghamshire first team against Bangladesh A.
Barnsley as host club did a magnificent job in staging the game, and a large and vociferous crowd, numbering several hundred, added to the occasion.
The players now turn their attention to today’s Roses Trophy match at Todmorden, starting at 12 noon. If Yorkshire win they top the group and gain a home semi-final. A tie or no result or match abandoned would mean a point that could take the Red Rose through as runners-up, depending on net run-rate calculations.
Come to the lovely Centre Vale ground to see for yourselves.
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