Openers Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Alex Lees hit brilliant hundreds as Yorkshire hammered Nottinghamshire in today’s 50-over friendly in South Africa.
The Vikings claimed a significant scalp by knocking over last season’s Royal London one-day Cup champions, albeit without a number of their senior players.
They chased down a target of 312 to win by six wickets with, incredibly, 18.1 overs to spare. Both Kohler-Cadmore and Lees retired with 124 off 68 balls and 100 off 69 respectively.
They shared an opening stand of 230 before Harry Brook’s unbeaten 52 off 31 balls helped wrap up the county’s second win in two days.
There have now been five Yorkshire hundreds scored in three matches, one red ball and two white ball, during their training camp in Potchefstroom. Four of them have come in the last two days at Senwes Park.
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Earlier, Tim Bresnan claimed 3-69 from his 10 overs with the ball as the Outlaws, invited to bat, posted 311-7 thanks largely to Billy Root’s 117 off 130 and Chris Nash’s 83. They had recovered from 31-2.
“There are areas we can still improve,” said Kohler-Cadmore.
“There’s a lot of learning points from bowling, batting and fielding. But we’ve had two hundreds in each one-day innings, which is massive. If you do that every game, you will go a long way to winning.
“For us, batters are getting the confidence. As a bowling unit, being able to practice wide yorkers under more pressure than in the nets, it’s been invaluable to get this time out here.
“We have some really good players here, so in that sense there’s nothing to prove. But, in another, there is because a lot didn’t have the season they’d like last year. There are people wanting to get out there and do themselves justice again. Me being one of them. I want to cement my place in all three forms.”
While Lees scored his second hundred in two days following his 151 against Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities yesterday, Kohler-Cadmore scored his first runs on tour following two ducks.
Root was nearly run out by Kohler-Cadmore early in his innings.
He arrived at the crease following the early losses of openers Tom Moores and Luke Wood, both caught behind off Bresnan.
The former Yorkshire Academy batsman, brother of Joe, was also later caught behind off Bresnan. Steve Patterson, Harry Brook and Karl Carver also struck.
Luke Fletcher boosted the Outlaws total with an unbeaten 55 off 34 balls.
Having notched ducks against Notts in the two-dayer earlier this week and against the students yesterday, Kohler-Cadmore received ironic cheers from team-mates when he got off the mark in the opening over of the chase: “It made me laugh,” he admitted.
And, like Lees, he was quickly into his stride. He clipped a huge six – his first of 10 – over long-on off Fletcher in the tenth over as the score moved to 69 without loss.
The former Worcester man reached his hundred first, off 60 balls, before Lees got there off 69.
Kohler-Cadmore continued: “Leesy played beautifully at the top and took all the pressure off. It was nice because I could relax. Once I was in, I felt good and played some shots. Luckily they came off.
“It’s a bit of a monkey off the back because no one likes noughts.
“When you’re not in form, you want to get it out of the way and be in form for when the season comes. Hopefully I can use this to kick start my pre-season and, in the games when we get home, really push for a place in that first game, which is my aim.
“I started off quite cautious and having a look. Once I got into my stride, it was more power hitting. Up here (at altitude), the ball seems to fly. It’s nice when it’s coming off your bat and keeps going.
“It was good fun to be able to go out there and get some runs.
“I’ve been working this winter on hitting different areas and different gals, especially for white ball cricket. So it was quite nice to be able to manipulate the field.”
Brook finished things off with his quick-fire half-century, backing up the red ball ton he scored against the same opponents on Monday.
Yorkshire now turn their attentions back to red ball preparation for the rest of the tour. Their final match in Potch is a two-day intra-squad friendly, starting tomorrow.