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Williamson shines in T20 rout

— 22 May 2014

Kane Williamson’s outstanding 95 helped Yorkshire pile on the runs as they pummelled a York League Select XI by 118 runs.
Williamson faced just 43 balls as he continued the search for his elusive first YCCC century and was well supported by Jonny Bairstow (45 not out) and Alex Lees (37) as they posted a mammoth 237-3.

The York side, which was selected by York CC coach Jim Love, were never going to threaten the target and were restricted to 119-8 in this final T20 warm-up game, being staged at Clifton Park as part of Tim Bresnan’s benefit year.

After winning the toss, Andrew Gale went out to bat with Williamson and they reached 64-1 in the powerplay, with Gale falling for 20 to teammate Will Rhodes who was captaining the York side.

  • Williamson and Lees piled on the runs on a small ground, with the Kiwi international taking a liking to the spin of Dan Woods.
    He took 22 off one over before hitting Karl Carver for three consecutive fours as he raced past 50 and into the nineties.

    Williamson was eventually dismissed by a diving Andrew Simpson catch at short third man off the bowling of Ollie Ezard to make it 148-2.

    The Kiwi’s innings of 95 from 43 balls included 10 fours and eight sixes and he looked in imperious form throughout. For the most part of his innings he was only likely to be caught out in the crowd, but one spectator fluffed his lines early on when, with the eyes of the ground on him, he dropped a routine catch which was made worse as his pint went from the other hand to jeers from around the ground.

    Lees who had played an excellent innings himself, followed shortly after to leave Bairstow and Adam Lyth to finish it off. The England wicketkeeper took a fancy to the straight boundaries, and had the crowd scurrying for cover as he launched the ball repeatedly over the far rugby pitch.

    The Vikings batsmen ran the York fielders ragged with an incredible 70 runs in the final five overs.

    Prolific league batsman Duncan Snell went out to open the batting with Simpson but after a promising start which included some lovely boundaries, he had his stumps rearranged by Liam Plunkett for 22.

    Rich Pyrah joined the attack with the score on 42-1 after six, and straight away had Yorkshire players Jack Leaning (stumped by Bairstow) and Dan Hodgson (caught and bowled) out.
    When Adil Rashid (3-31) had Rhodes caught by the diving Jack Brooks and bowled Sam Drury, the York XI were reeling at 53-5 and had no choice but to rotate the strike and restrict the damage.

    Simpson battled for 29 but was also out to Rashid before some good death bowling by Brooks and Sidebottom kept the score down to just 119-8 from the 20 overs to give Yorkshire a comprehensive 118 run win.

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