Yorkshire Carnegie went down by 14 runs to Northamptonshire Steelbacks under the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-ruined Friends Provident t20 match at Headingley Carnegie today, despite a splendid piece of bowling by Adil Rashid, above.
The leg-spinner helped to restrict Steelbacks to 151-7 by taking 3-23, his third consecutive three-wicket haul in the competition – but Yorkshire were still struggling on 51-4 in 7.1 overs when the rain came and ended the contest.
Winning the toss, Steelbacks looked like clocking up a big total as Lou Vincent and Chaminda Vaas rattled up 49 in six overs for the first wicket – but once they had been parted Carnegie took a grip on the rest of the innings through some accurate bowling, particularly by Rashid and Richard Pyrah.
It was Steven Patterson who made the initial breakthrough when Vass drove him fiercely to deep mid-off, where captain Andrew Gale held on to a great catch, diving to his left.
Rashid claimed his first wicket by having Niall O’Brien smartly stumped by Gerard Brophy before Pyrah sent down a beauty which the dangerous Vincent could only edge to Brophy to depart for his side’s top score of 38 from 31 deliveries, with two fours and two sixes.
The pressure was maintained, and the only other significant scores came from Andrew Hall, who ended unbeaten on 31 from 19 balls with four boundaries, and David Willey, who hit two fours and a six in his 12-ball 19.
Yorkshire got their reply off to a bad start as Jacques Rudolph in the first over drove Vaas high and straight – only to fall to an acrobatic catch by Willey, and when Gale hit Jack Brooks to Lee Daggett at wide mid-off the home side were 16-2.
Herschelle Gibbs drove Brooks for a straight six, but in attempting to steer his next ball to third-man he was caught behind for 19, and in deepening gloom Brophy nudged the same bowler into O’Brien’s gloves. Anthony McGrath played some confident shots in reaching 18, but before his new partner, Jonny Bairstow, could face a ball the players came off.
Pictures From Headingley Carnegie: VAUGHN RIDLEY
PREVIEW:Yorkshire Carnegie put their FP t20 campaign back on track after a sensational victory over the Durham Dynamos at Headingley Carnegie last night! A new record 137 run partnership, including 6 sixes and 12 fours, between Yorkshire Carnegie captain Andrew Gale and overseas superstar Herschelle Gibbs paved the way for a victory with five overs to spare.
Carnegie now prepare to welcome the Steelbacks to Headingley Carnegie on Sunday and you can show your support for the team at Ladies’ Day this weekend.
Ladies’ tickets are just £1.00 this Sunday and there will be coaching for women and girls in the Indoor Cricket Centre, a Ladies themed trade fair of local shops & boutiques, cheerleading and much, much more. We will also be celebrating the success of the Yorkshire Women’s team as they form the guard of honour on Sunday.
Visit the YCCC Ticket Office at the ground, call the ticket hotline on 0871 971 1222 or visit www.yorkshireccc.com to purchase your tickets.