Yorkshire have had an Easter weekend to forget after adding an unexpected 2-run defeat to the Netherlands in today’s CB40 encounter to the Championship loss to Nottinghamshire on Friday. In truth the 2-run margin flattered the hosts who slipped to 27-5 in reply to the Orange Army’s 190-8.
Only Richard Pyrah with a career best 69, Adil Rashid 2-20 and 42 not out and Ryan Sidebottom 2-29 and a heroic 29 at the death escaped with any credit.
The crowd were understandably quiet at Headingley after three wickets fell in 7 balls, thoroughly stalling Yorkshire’s victory charge. After Andrew Gale smashed the second legitimate ball from Shane Mott for 6 Yorkshire Carnegie’s chase to 191 seemed on course, but a headless passage of play proved too much to recover from.
Adam Lyth was caught and bowled by Shane Mott for 2 in the third over and then Andrew Gale and Anthony McGrath fell in the fourth over from Mohammad Bukhari all while the Yorkshire score was 15. Gale was caught by Cooper for 9 and McGrath lbw two balls later without scoring.
Jonny Bairstow hit the last ball of Mudassar Bukhari’s 4th over through mid-wicket to the boundary to relieve some of the tension, but was then caught turning to mid-wicket off Kruger and Yorkshire were 27-4. That became 27-5 when Joe Root (5) hit to Cooper at point and the tension was palpable.
Gerard Brophy had begun to build a partnership with Richard Pyrah, but was caught by Michael Swart off Peter Borren and the Tykes were 54-6 and in grave peril. Ajmal Shahzad, batting at 8 ahead of Rashid to attack and keep pace with an ever mounting required rate, threatened much in his 11, which included a six over long-on off Seelar, but when he holed out at deep square off the same bowler Yorkshire were 79-7 and staring defeat in the face.
Rich Pyrah has grown in stature as a player and promoted up the order to number 7 he suddenly found himself the key batsman. Joined by Adil Rashid the pair began to rebuild, trying to put Carnegie in a position where they were in striking distance six overs from the end. Pyrah reached an excellent fifty, given the circumstances, from 67 balls and 4 fours and his fifty partnership with Rashid came up in 61 deliveries.
The pair took the batting powerplay with 61 runs still required from the final 6 overs and the four powerplay overs resulted in 31 runs, that saw Yorkshire stay in the hunt despite losing Pyrah in that same period. Pyrah was caught at short third man as Carnegie accelerated, his career best one-day knock of 69 coming in 82 balls with 6 fours.
Rashid was joined by Ryan Sidebottom as Yorkshire required 36 runs from 3 overs. That became 30 runs from 2 overs and then 19 off the last, bowled by Brad Kruger. Rashid scored a single from the first ball and then Sidebottom launched a 6 over long-on from the second. Sidebottom was beaten with Kruger’s third delivery and scored 2 to cow corner off the forth.
10 runs were required from the last two balls and Sidebottom smashed a huge 6 which landed on top of the Rugby Stand and almost cleared it. So 4 runs were required from the final ball and Sidebottom could not repeat the stroke, instead the ball went to long-on and Sidebottom was run out going for a second run. Rashid was 42 not out off 45 balls with 2 fours and Yorkshire Carnegie had lost by 2 runs. The turf of Headingley had turned orange as the Dutch celebrated their triumph.
Earlier, Shane Mott on debut and Mudassar Bukhari, who manages a famous fast food outlet at Schiphol Airport, served up runs with relish as they added 61 for the Netherlands 8th wicket to progress the Dutch score to a competitive one of 190-8 in their 40 overs. It was 10 runs short of what the Orange Army managed at Headingley last summer.
Bukhari was finally caught at point off a Ryan Sidebottom slower ball for 25 off 23 balls with 2 fours and a straight 6 off Joe Root. The score was 173-8. Mott’s unbeaten 50 came from 47 balls and included 5 fours and 1 six.
The Netherlands lost early wickets when Wesley Barresi was bowled by Sidebottom off a faint inside edge for 2 and Eric Swarczynski was caught well by Gerard Brophy diving to his right off a full Ajmal Shahzad delivery for 15 to make the score 22-2 in the 7th over.
Tom Cooper drove a Pyrah delivery hard to Sidebottom’s left when Netherlands were 36-2 and Cooper on 15. Michael Smart was bowled by Richard Pyrah for 13 and the score 49-3 in the 12th over. Sidebottom dived to take what would have been a spectacular catch, but shelled the ball as he hit thr ground. Cooper looked the dangerman for Netherlands but he was bowled by Adil Rashid’s first delivery for 32 from 27 balls and 4 fours. Then Rashid fielded off his own bowling to run out Tom De Grooth for 7 at the non-striker’s end after Peter Borren had pushed the ball defensively in the 17th over – the score 72-5.
Peter Borren was dropped off a very difficult chance off Adil Rashid when on 3 and Netherlands 74-5. Joe Root charged in off the deep mid-wicket boundary to spill the ball which he did well to meet almost on the half volley. Borren scored 18 before he swung hard across the line to Adil Rashid and was lbw to make the score 101-6 in the 27th over. Rashid completed his 8 overs taking 2-20.
Joe Root took his first senior Yorkshire wicket when Brad Kruger holed out to Adam Lyth at long on from a low full toss – the score 112-7. Bukhari and Mott did the rest and the Dutch had a total that they could defend.
There is an awful lot of cricket to be played this summer and Carnegie should not be written off, but they need to learn lessons fast. The next CB40 match is against Derbyshire on 2 May and Andrew Gale’s side need to regroup quickly if they are to emulate last summer’s qualification for the Semi-Finals.
JAMES BUTTLER at HEADINGLEY
The Orange Lions come to Leeds and are not to be underestimated. Andrew Gale must motivate his team quickly after the disappointing 3rd Day defeat to Nottinghamshire in the LV= County Championship and the one-day arena could provide the perfect pick-me-up.
The match commences at 1.45pm.Yorkshire Carnegie went all the way to the Semi-Finals last summer when they were defeated by eventual Lord’s winners, Warwickshire Bears.
Ajmal Shahzad will play for the Yorkshire Academy on Saturday in Scarborough and, if he comes through that match with no adverse effects, will feature against Netherlands.
Tim Bresnan is rested by the ECB until 11 May and Azeem Rafiq joins Derbyshire on a months loan.
Yorkshire are yet to decide which of Gerard Brophy and Jonny Bairrstow will start with the gloves in one-day cricket. Joe Sayers has been recalled to 1st Team duty.
Each team will play all other teams in its group home and away. Two points will be awarded for a Win, one point for a Tie or No Result and no points for a Loss. There are three Groups A, B and C. The first-placed team from each group and the best second placed team will qualify for the draw for the semi-finals. This will be a free draw save that the two best first-placed teams will receive a home draw.
The tie-breakers for teams finishing on equal points will be:
Most wins in Group matches
If still equal, the team with the higher net run rate in the Group Matches will be placed in the higher position (see below).
If still equal, the team with the higher number of wickets taken per balls bowled in the Group Matches in which results were achieved, will be placed in the higher position.
If still equal, the teams will be ordered according to which team achieved the most points in the matches played between them.
In the event that teams cannot be separated by (a) to (d) above, this will be done by drawing lots.
Net Run Rate
A team’s net run rate is calculated by deducting from the average runs per over scored by that team, the average runs per over scored against that team. In the event of a team being all out in less than its full quota of overs, the calculation of the net run rate of both teams shall be based on the full quota of overs to which the batting team wwhich the batting team would have been entitled and not on the number of overs in which the team was dismissed.
Only those matches where results are achieved will count for the purpose of net run rate calculations. Where a match is abandoned, but a result is achieved under Duckworth/Lewis, for net run rate purposes Team 1 will be accredited with Team 2’s Par Score on abandonment off the same number of overs faced by Team 2. Where a match is concluded but with Duckworth/Lewis having been applied at an earlier point in the match, Team 1 will be accredited with 1 run less than the final Target Score for Team 2 off the total number of overs allocated to Team 2 to reach the target.