Ferocious bowling from Steven Patterson, above centre, who claimed a one-day career-best 6-32 including five wickets for five runs in 11 balls, sent Yorkshire Carnegie storming to victory by 100 runs against Derbyshire Falcons at Headingley Carnegie.
They remain top of Division B of the Clydesdale Bank 40 League with a 100 per cent winning record after three matches as well as holding top spot in the LV County Championship – where they are also unbeaten.
Patterson’s sensational figures were the fifth best ever recorded by Yorkshire in 40-over cricket. He began by dismissing Chesney Hughes in Derbyshire’s first over as they chased a target of 242 - but the real fireworks came when he returned to wipe out the second half of the innings, starting with three wickets in his first over from the Kirkstall Lane end.
First to go was John Sadler, who swished at a wide one and was well caught by Gerard Brophy diving far to his left before Lee Goddard was clean bowled and Jake Needham was also caught behind off an inside edge. In his next over firebrand Patterson finished off Derbyshire with consecutive deliveries which saw Tom Lungley caught at long-on by Adil Rashid and Tim Groenewald pinned lbw.
Earlier it was young paceman Ben Sanderson who put Derbyshire on the back foot with two wickets in four balls when they seemed to be getting on top: Sanderson had opener Chris Rogers hitting a catch straight to Jacques Rudolph on the square-leg boundary before he produced a real snorter which came in to Greg Smith and trimmed his leg bail.
Rashid and David Wainwright, assisted by Richard Pyrah, maintained the pressure on the Falcons until Patterson came back with his tremendous 11-ball salvo.
Brophy led the way after Carnegie had won the toss with a one-day career-best 93 not out to guide them to 241-4. Brophy, whose previous best was an unbeaten 68 on the same ground off Sussex in the Friends Provident League last season, faced only 70 deliveries and hit a dozen boundaries - several of them coming from cleverly improvised shots.
Rashid helped the wicket-keeper/batsman to blast 48 off the last four overs of powerplay – and without this surge Carnegie would have been struggling to reach a respectable total against some generally tight bowling.
Yorkshire soon lost captain Andrew Gale to a catch at third-man by Lungley off Groenewald, but Rudolph and Adam Lyth took the total to 48 before off-spinner Needham came on – and immediately deceived Rudolph through the air to have him caught at cover by Chesney Hughes.
Needham bowled an excellent spell – but could not stop Lyth hitting him over mid-wicket for six, and when Mark Footitt came on the young left-hander steered and cut him for fours before he was bowled by Smith for a bright 38.
Anthony McGrath, continuing his run of fine form in a stand of 82 12 overs with Brophy, had a moment of good fortune on 34 when he was caught on the edge by Lungley – but the fielder had to let go of the ball before his momentum took him over the rope. McGrath had added six runs when he drove Needham high and straight…and Lungley made no mistake.
Brophy, accelerating at exactly the right time, went to his 50 off 46 balls with six fours, and shortly afterwards helped himself to three boundaries in an over off Groenewald, while Rashid also picked up runs at every opportunity.
Picture Coverage From Headingley Carnegie: VAUGHN RIDLEY
The Clydesdale Bank 40-over match starts at 1.45pm at Headingley Carnegie.
YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE SQUAD
Andrew Gale (Capt), Jacques Rudolph, Adam Lyth, Anthony McGrath, Gerard Brophy (wk), Adil Rashid, Richard Pyrah, David Wainwright, Tino Best, Steve Patterson, Ben Sanderson, Azeem Rafiq, Joe Sayers and Moin Ashraf
DERBYSHIRE FALCONS SQUAD
Dan Redfern has been added to Derbyshire’s 13-man squad. He replaces Wayne Madsen in the party as the South African born right-hander rests a minor injury.
The Falcons’ squad: Chris Rogers (Capt), Chesney Hughes, Robin Peterson, Dan Redfern, Greg Smith, Garry Park, John Sadler, Lee Goddard (wk), Tom Lungley, Tim Groenewald, Mark Footitt, Jake Needham and Steffan Jones.
Derbyshire are aiming to record back-to-back victories following their five wicket victory in-front of the SKY cameras against Northamptonshire.
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Travelling from south, east or west
Your best access is from the Leeds Inner Ring Road exiting at Otley Road / University and following the signs for Otley which takes you into Headingley.
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