Dawid Malan helped the Sunrisers Eastern Cape to back-to-back SAT20 titles on Saturday, the Yorkshire batter part of their landslide final victory over Durban Super Giants at Newlands in Cape Town.

Malan opened the batting and scored six, but Sunrisers went on to amass 204-3 before defending it comfortably, Durban bowled out for 115 in reply – an 89-run win.

The SAT20 has only been going for two seasons, with the ‘Orange Army’ champions twice under Aiden Markram’s captaincy. 

Fellow Englishmen Tom Abell and Liam Dawson were also team-mates of Malan, who finished the competition with 210 runs from 10 matches with two half-centuries.

Dawid Malan

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com. Dawid Malan bats during last summer’s Vitality Blast.

It will be Jordan Thompson versus Ottis Gibson in the ILT20 Qualifier tomorrow, as the MI Emirates take on the Gulf Giants for a place in Saturday’s final. 

Thompson has played the last two games for the Emirates team and is now one match short of 100 career T20 appearances and also two wickets short of the 100 mark.

Gibson is with the Giants as an assistant coach to Andy Flower.

MI Emirates finished top of the table, while the Giants finished second. The winner of tomorrow’s clash in Dubai advances directly to the final, but the loser gets a second chance later in the week.

Thompson, 27, has taken one wicket and hit scores of 26 not out and 17 in his two matches in the ongoing competition.

Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com. Jordan Thompson celebrates last summer’s Roses Blast win at Headingley.

Fin Bean is back at Headingley in the indoor nets after spending 10 days in India last month as part of an England Lions batting camp.

The Lions are on a full tour of India at present, but this was a different trip, the England management picking four other promising players from around the county circuit to travel to Mumbai.

Left-hander Bean was joined on the sub-continental trip by Joey Evison (Kent), Emilio Gay (Northamptonshire), Tom Haines (Sussex) and Tom Prest (Hampshire).

They were based at the Bombay Gymkhana sporting venue and faced local net bowlers.

Fin Bean

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com. Fin Bean receives the 2023 Members’ Player of the Year Award last September from assistant coach Ali Maiden and president Jane Powell.

Dom Bess continues to shine with the bat in Zimbabwe, Yorkshire’s all-rounder posting scores of 70, 80 and 21 across two recent Logan Cup four-day games for the table-topping Southern Rocks.

Bess’s 70 came in a draw against the Tuskers at the start of the month, with him not adding a wicket in that match.

Continuing to bat at three, he then added his 80 and 21 in a win over the Rhinos, him adding a wicket in each innings with his off-spinners.

Bess has now played five first-class matches either side of Christmas for the Rocks, with him hitting 392 runs with four fifties. He has also taken 13 wickets. 

His tally of runs is the sixth best across the whole competition. 

Picture by John Heald. Dom Bess slog sweeps the winning runs against Derbyshire at Chesterfield last June.

The quartet of Yorkshire players playing club cricket abroad have enjoyed a positive few weeks, George Hill, Dom Leech, Matthew Revis and James Wharton all contributing for their respective clubs in Australia and New Zealand. 

Hill is playing for Weedons in Christchurch and in his last outing on January 27 claimed 2-9 from eight overs with the new ball and hit 23 in a one-day win over Darfield 

In Adelaide, Leech claimed a fine 4-23 from seven overs in the first innings of Woodville’s low-scoring win over Adelaide University – a two-day clash which saw neither side reach 100 in the first innings. That took place on January 27 and February 3. 

Woodville started another game this weekend just gone, against Kensington. Leech hit 22 down the order and has 1-36 from 11 overs.

Revis is playing for Gold Coast Dolphins in Queensland and – in a two-day win against Valley on January 27 and February 3 – hit 28 and claimed 3-78 from 21 overs. Mark Steketee was in the opposition’s team. 

On Saturday, he claimed one wicket as Northern Suburbs reached 215-8 after the first day of their latest fixture. 

Wharton’s Wanneroo were beaten in a two-day game which finished on Saturday in Perth, though he scored an unbeaten 55 in the second innings against Midland-Guildford. 

James Wharton

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com. James Wharton bats against Derbyshire at Scarborough last September.

 

The funeral of former Yorkshire Championship-winning batter and coach Doug Padgett will take place at All Saints Church in Bingley next Monday at 2pm.

County legend Padgett’s sad passing last month came at the age of 89 years and 184 days.

It means that Ken Taylor is now Yorkshire’s oldest living England cricketer, aged 88 and 175 days.

Taylor played in the same successful 1960s Yorkshire side as Padgett.

English cricketer Doug Padgett of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, UK, 1st May 1972. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Six representatives from the Yorkshire Academy, including four players, will attend a Yorkshire Supporters Association meeting at Headingley tonight to conduct a Question and Answer session.

Academy lead coach Tom Craddock alongside James Martin, the head of Yorkshire’s performance pathway, will be present in the Hawke Suite from 7pm.

Will Bennison, Matthew Firbank, Josh Hoyle and Joe Thompson will meet and chat to members about the forthcoming season, which starts for them in mid-April.

Yorkshire’s Academy/Under 18s will play their cricket – added to friendlies – across three competitions in 2024, a three-day Championship, a T20 tournament and an FA Cup style 50-over knockout.

Tom Craddock

Picture by YCCC. Tom Craddock, Yorkshire’s high performance Academy coach.

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