Lancashire Lightning v Yorkshire Vikings
Vitality Blast, North Group
Friday May 27, 2022, 6.30pm
Emirates Old Trafford
Toss: Lancashire win it and bat first
Teams: Lancashire – Salt w, Jennings, Croft, Livingstone, Vilas c, David, Lamb, Wood, Hartley, Gleeson, Parkinson.
Yorkshire – Lyth, Malan, Kohler-Cadmore w, Root c, Brook, Khan, Thompson, Revis, Bess, Rashid, Rauf.
Match summary: Yorkshire and Lancashire played out their third tie in 33 Roses Vitality Blast games. Lancashire made 183-7, including Phil Salt’s 59. Haris Rauf and Jordan Thompson claimed two wickets apiece.
In reply, Tom Kohler-Cadmore (67) and Harry Brook (72) shared 115 for the fourth wicket to recover the Vikings from 56-3. But Richard Gleeson later defended 13 off the last over, including one off the last ball as he trapped Brook lbw.
Report: What a game! This was another high-octane contest in front of a sellout 14,000 crowd.
David Lloyd and Kabir Ali both said in the build-up that this is the best T20 fixture in the world, and it lived up to billing.
Lancashire could have got more than their 183-7, but Yorkshire dragged it back expertly thanks to Adil Rashid’s 1-26, including the wicket of Steven Croft.
?Added to England batter Salt’s 59 off 41 balls, Liam Livingstone (23) and Tim David (35) contributed powerful cameos.
Yorkshire took 25 off the first two overs of the chase, including two fours and a six for Adam Lyth, but they lost Dawid Malan, Lyth (21) and Joe Root as the score slipped to 56-3 in the seventh over.
From there, the Vikings wrestled the initiative back from the Lightning through Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s measured 67 off 50 in only his second game of the summer following concussion and Brook’s 10th score of 50 or more in 11 innings this summer.
They shared 115 for the fourth wicket in 12 and a half overs.
Kohler-Cadmore reached his fifty off 38 balls with a six over deep mid-wicket off Tom Hartley’s left-arm spin before Brook followed him to the same milestone off 33 balls.
By that time, Yorkshire were 140-3 in the 17th over.
The target became 36 off three overs and 22 off two, with Danny Lamb bowling an impressive penultimate over including the run out of Kohler-Cadmore coming back for two to deep mid-wicket.
The last over – Gleeson bowling to Brook – started with Yorkshire on 171-4 and went dot, 2, 1, 4 (Shadab Khan), no ball plus 1, 2 and then wicket.
Brook was lbw to Gleeson playing to leg, giving Yorkshire their third point from two games at the start of the North Group.
Magic moment: After all the issues Tom Kohler-Cadmore has been through with his concussion over the last few months, to see him reach 50 this evening was a moment to savour.
Turning point: The last ball of the match. Needing one to win, Harry Brook played to leg and was trapped lbw to a Richard Gleeson full toss.
Stat of the match: The fourth-wicket partnership of 115 between Brook and Kohler-Cadmore was a record for Yorkshire in T20 cricket, beating 110 shared between Adam Lyth and Jonny Tattersall in victory over Durham at Headingley in 2018.
What they said: Tom Kohler-Cadmore said – “It always feels like one that’s got away when you need one off one ball at the end. But it was just a great game of cricket.
“It ebbed and flowed and both sides played some amazing cricket. In the end, a draw is probably a fair result.
“That’s what the fans want to see. The atmosphere was incredible.
“There are frustrations, but to get a result here in any format is a good effort.
“It’s a game of inches. My run out at the end, I probably need to get a bit quicker, don’t I!
“They had a couple of dropped catches which helped us.
“It was great to bat with Brooky, he’s in outstanding form. It’s actually a joke how good he is at the minute.”
What’s next: Yorkshire face Leicestershire at Headingley at 3pm on Sunday, the second game of a T20 double header with the Northern Diamonds, who are in Charlotte Edwards Cup action against Thunder, starting at 11am.