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Hodd helps Yorkshire to back-to-back wins

— 21 May 2014

Andrew Hodd was named man of the match after hitting 62 to fire Yorkshire to another warm-up win, this time over Harrogate Cricket Club.

Hodd’s innings rescued the Vikings after they had been struggling at 47-3 in the eighth over but they recovered to post 189-7 as they recorded an 80 run win over Harrogate.

Yorkshire travelled to St. George’s Road for the first time in over 20 years as they continued their preparations for the NatWest T20 Blast.
After Harrogate won the toss and elected to field, Andrew Gale and Hodd took to the crease and it wasn’t long before opening bowler Tom Geeson-Brown made the breakthrough as he dismissed the Yorkshire skipper for four.

Jack Leaning lasted just two balls before he lost his off stump to leave Yorkshire 7-2 in just the second over to bring Jonny Bairstow to the crease.

Bairstow and Hodd looked to rotate the strike but the England batsman tried to hit out in the fifth over and was well caught by the diving Scott Huntley at mid-off.

Monday night’s hero Adam Lyth (38) walked to the crease at 25-3 and Yorkshire were under serious pressure as Harrogate buzzed around in the field making some excellent stops.
Hodd began to move through the gears when the change bowlers came on, and twice hit back to back boundaries to push the run rate above a run a ball at the halfway stage.

Lyth was fortunate to survive after Yorkshire academy player Jonny Tattersall failed to cling on to an extremely difficult catch at long-off, but his partner was well into his stride and hit the first six of the innings in the 12th over as he came down the track to launch the ball over midwicket.

Hodd’s 50 came up after 36 balls and he was soon dismissed for 61 with the score on 127-4 with four overs to go.

Liam Plunkett (37 off 17) arrived at the crease to inject some momentum and together with Adil Rashid (15 off 6) hit some lusty blows to help Yorkshire add 62 in the final four overs as they posted 189-7, Tom Geeson-Brown taking 5-43 for the home side.

The target of 190 was always likely to be a stiff target and after Leaning claimed the scalp of Tattersall in the opening over only one result seemed likely.

Former Yorkshrie batsman Vic Craven batted well for 32 but Richard Pyrah accounted for him and the other opener, Alexis Twigg, before adding George Ross to the list.

The spin of Rashid and Azeem Rafiq was introduced to the attack and after Rashid had Andy Laws caught at the wicket by Bairstow, Harrogate were reeling at 62-5 in the 11th over.
The home side were forced to regroup before Pyrah (who finished with 4-22) claimed his fourth wicket, Huntley caught at backward point by Rafiq.

Harrogate entered the final two overs needing 88 to win with four wickets remaining, and some excellent death bowling by Ben Coad and Plunkett helped restrict the opposition to 109-8 at the end of the 20 overs.

Will Jackson

The Vikings play their final match of the warm-up series this evening.

Yorkshire League Select XI v Yorkshire Vikings on Wednesday May 21 2014 at York Cricket Club, Clifton Park, 5.30pm start.

Vikings squad for York:

Jonathan Bairstow, Jack Brooks, Andrew Gale (captain), Andrew Hodd, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett, Richard Pyrah, Azeem Rafiq, Adil Rashid, Oliver Robinson, Ryan Sidebottom, Kane Williamson.

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