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Pyrah a shining light for the Vikings

— 17 May 2014

All-rounder Richard Pyrah admitted Yorkshire were disappointed to lose their opening match of the NatWest T20 Blast campaign against holders Northamptonshire Steelbacks at Headingley.

Pyrah played a key role in ensuring the holders only claimed victory with a ball to spare by returning to the side to claim two for 21 from his four overs, including the key wickets of David Willey and Steven Croft.

  • But he admitted the Yorkshire dressing room felt deflated after losing their opening game, particularly with England stars Joe Root, Tim Bresnan and Gary Ballance in their line-up.

    “It feels like a game we should have won, but again we’ve lost on the opening day of the campaign, which we’ve done for the last few years,” said Pyrah.

    “It is disappointing but we’ve got a talented side there and I think it showed the strength in depth we’ve got, losing wickets early on and still getting to 160.

    “It’s our first game so we can get a bit of momentum from the way we played and try and win next week.”

    Pyrah added: “We’ve got a strong squad and we bat all the way down, but you can’t rely on that and ideally you want one of the top six to go out there, score a 60 or 70 and win us the game.”

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