A youthful Yorkshire Carnegie side went down by seven wickets to the Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Trent Bridge.
The defeat is the Tykes fourth loss in a row in the competition and came 24 hours after Northamptonshire’s win in the Friends Provident t20 had ended their chances of a quarter-final spot.
The Steelback’s victory over Derbyshire on Friday meant director of cricket Martyn Moxon gave both Lee Hodgson and Ben Sanderson their Twenty20 debuts for the county, whilst Gary Ballance was also given a run-out at Trent Bridge.
They were unable to stop a poor batting performance though, which laid the foundations for the defeat.
Despite winning the toss and electing to bat, the Tykes only managed to post 112-7 from their 20 overs and only recorded seven boundaries. However, Hodgson does deserve great credit with an impressive 39 from only 34 balls to give Yorkshire hope. The youngster, along with Jonathan Bairstow and Herschelle Gibbs, where the only three players to reach double figures though on a slow pitch which was being used for the third time in 10 days.
It meant that the Outlaws were always favourites to get the required target of 113, in front of 7012 spectators on a fine but windy evening in Nottingham.
It didn’t start well for them though – Sanderson ousting Ali Brown with his fourth ball in T20 cricket and then Clint McKay removing Matt Wood’s off stump within the first 3 overs.
At this stage Nottinghamshire were 11-2, but then Samit Patel hit a quick-fire 40 to take the game away from the Tykes.
By the time he was gone in the tenth over, to David Wainwright, the score was on 64-3 and the Outlaws only needed 49 to win from 66 balls.
From then on Alex Hales, who made 27, and David Hussey, who struck 37, led the home side to victory with 26 balls to spare.
Yorkshire Carnegie’s final match in the Twenty20 is tomorrow against Derbyshire.
The lure of a Quarter-Final berth may be beyond Andrew Gale’s side as they head to Trent Bridge this evening for the penultimate fixture of what’s been a marathon Friends Provident t20 campaign, but there is still an enormous amount of pride to play for.
Northants Steelbacks victory over Derbyshire Falcons yesterday has eliminated Yorkshire Carnegie from the competition. Northants on 15 points cannot be overhauled for 4th place as they have a better head-to-head record against Carnegie.
Play starts at 6.10pm.
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YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE SQUAD
Andrew GALE (capt), Adam LYTH, Herschelle GIBBS, Jonathan BAIRSTOW (wk), Gary BALLANCE, Adil RASHID, Richard PYRAH, Ajmal SHAHZAD, Lee HODGSON, Clint McKAY, David WAINWRIGHT, Azeem RAFIQ, Ben SANDERSON and James LEE
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE OUTLAWS SQUAD
Alex Hales, Ali Brown, Matt Wood, Samit Patel, David Hussey (capt), Chris Read (wk), Steven Mullaney, Graeme White, Ryan Sidebottom, Luke Fletcher and Darren Pattinson.
Yorkshire Carnegie play their final Twenty20 fixture of the summer against Derbyshire Falcons at Derby on Sunday.