Rudolph leads Yorkshire home with three balls left
— 15 May 2010
Jacques Rudolph, above, continued his phenomenal form in the Clydesdale Bank 40 League to steer Yorkshire to a fourth consecutive win as they beat the Netherlands by four wickets with three balls to spare at Headingley Carnegie.
The South African opener laid down anchor to hit an unbeaten 83 off 100 balls with seven boundaries to take Yorkshire to their 201 target. Rudolph has now plundered 293 runs in four innings for twice out with scores of 101*, 83, 26 and 83* to give him an astonishing average of 146.50.
Yorkshire still cut it fine against plucky opponents who were in a positive frame of mind for their first match of the season in the competition.
Skipper Andrew Gale and Rudolph gave Carnegie another great start when they set out on their chase – and the openers had put on 81 in 20 overs when Gale stepped out of his crease to off-spinner Mohammad Kashif, and was smartly stumped for 38.
Rudolph then went on the defensive while Adam Lyth and Joe Sayers played cameo innings - each smacked 29 with five boundaries – but when Gerard Brophy, Adil Rashid and Richard Pyrah had all gone cheaply Yorkshire found themselves needing 12 with 13 balls remaining.
David Wainwright eased the pressure by lifting Mark Jonkman for four in the last-but-one over, and the winning runs came when Rudolph heaved Mudassar Bukhari to the mid-wicket boundary.
Tino Best and Steven Patterson emerged as Yorkshire’s most successful bowlers with three wickets apiece after Gale had won the toss - Sayers coming in for Anthony McGrath, who was nursing a slight knee strain. Best began by bowling Nick Statham middle-stump off an inside edge in the third over – but was thrashed for three fours in the rest of the over by Michael Dighton, the Tasmania batsman who is the Netherlands’ overseas player.
This assault resulted in Best being removed temporarily from the attack, but Patterson and Ben Sanderson each picked up a wicket while Dighton continued to bat positively, driving Patterson high over long-on for six. Dighton completed a splendid half-century, and put on 56 with Ben Zuiderent before Best dealt a double blow on his return - clean bowling Zuiderent for 26 and then Dighton for 62 from 63 balls, with six fours and a six.
The main batting had now gone, but Bukhari lashed three sixes over mid-wicket in a spirited late attack which came despite Peter Borren and Jonkman both falling to Patterson. Bukhari’s third six came off the last ball of the innings from Patterson, and left him on 49 from 40 balls with four fours to go alongside the big hits.
PicturesFrom Headingley Carnegie: SIMON WILKINSON
PREVIEW: Andrew Gale’s side host their Dutch counterparts at Headingley Carnegie today looking to make it four wins in four games in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition.
Yorkshire name an unchanged side while the Netherlands play their first game in the competition, and are somewhat of an unknown quantity
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
Peter BORREN (Capt), Bas Zuiderent, Atse Buurman (wk), Mudassar Bukhari, Tom Cooper, Michael Dighton, Tom De Grooth, Mark Jonkman, Maurits Jonkman, Mohammad Kashif, Brad Kruger, Pieter Seelaar, Eric Szwarczynski, Nick Statham.