MATCH CENTRE 

Yorkshire were unable to chase a 312 target against qualification rivals Hampshire as they were bowled out for 134 in today’s Metro Bank One-Day Cup fixture at York, losing by 177 runs to dent their qualification hopes.

Former England Under 19s captain Tom Prest revived a Hampshire innings which had crept to 108-4 in the 26th over, including two wickets for Ben Mike, with an excellent 105 off 118 balls.

After Shan Masood elected to bowl first on the same pitch used for Tuesday’s win over Surrey, Ben Coad was brilliant with 0-21 from 10 overs bowled straight through with the new ball.

Ben Coad

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com. Ben Coad.

Unfortunately, Prest – with help from Joseph Eckland, changed the complexion of the contest to push Hampshire up to a challenging 311-6.

In reply, Yorkshire slipped to 36-7 inside 15 overs and never threatened as a result. Dom Bess top-scored with 24. Seventeen-year-old pacers Dom Kelly and Eddie Jack shared five wickets, the latter with three. New ball seamer Ian Holland also finished with 3-12 from eight overs.

They were able to recover enough to at least make it to three figures. But they lost for the second time in six group matches.

Yorkshire must now win their two remaining fixtures away to Leicestershire and Middlesex on Sunday and Tuesday to have any chance of advancing from a group which Hampshire now co-lead alongside Leicestershire having won five of six matches. 

Hampshire’s innings, which saw 19-year-old Eckland post a career best 72 off 55 balls, was very much one of two halves.

The day started with a minute’s silence as a mark of respect for the passing of Sir Michael Parkinson last night. The Vikings wore black armbands.

Yorkshire dominated the early stages as Coad built pressure.

Fletcha Middleton was bowled trying to heave Dom Leech to leg, leaving cautious Hampshire at 24-1 in the sixth over. 

Captain Nick Gubbins fell caught behind off an inside-edge against George Hill’s seam, with Ben Brown falling the same way against Mike’s third ball.

In Mike’s next over, the 26th over, he forced Aneurin Donald to chip to mid-wicket – Hampshire four down and under the cosh as the sun burst through.

However, things were about to change.

Prest was handed a life when dropped on 23 and made Yorkshire pay with 10 fours and two sixes in 118 balls – his second List A century. 

Both Prest – aged 20 – and Eckland capitalised on anything short and were strong on the pull as Yorkshire struggled to maintain the standards they had set up front.

They shared 125 for the fifth wicket inside 18 overs. 

Prest reached his fifty off 67 balls, with Eckland following him there shortly afterwards off 45. By that time, the score was 210-4 in the 40th.

Prest converted his fifty into a second first-team century, off 114 balls. Both have come in this competition – the first was last year. 

Mike was Yorkshire’s most successful bowler wickets wise, but his three-for came at a cost of 84 in 10 overs. 

The Vikings were now on the back foot, especially considering they were playing on the same pitch – it did seem slower today – as the one on which they only just chased 242 to beat Surrey by one wicket a couple of days ago.

And, disappointingly, that’s how it panned out. 

Yorkshire fell to 36 for six inside 14 overs. 

Harry Duke was caught at deep backward square-leg pulling at Kelly before Fin Bean was caught behind off Holland. When the former struck again to get George Hill caught at first slip, Yorkshire were 6-3 after four overs.  

Will Fraine was next to go. He was caught at first slip off Holland – 27-4 in the 11th over – before Jack had James Wharton caught behind down leg and yorked Mike next ball. 

In the next over, Masood feathered behind for 18 to hand Holland his third wicket. It was, by now, game over. The only thing left to achieve was avoiding a place in the record books.

Yorkshire’s lowest List A total was 54 against Essex at Headingley in 2003, and ironically that was the sum of the eighth-wicket partnership shared between Bess and Revis to ensure at least some respectability.

However, Revis was caught at deep mid-wicket off the off-spin of Felix Organ, leaving the score at 90-8 in the 25th over. Organ had earlier ended Hampshire’s innings 32 not out.

Bess then followed caught at short mid-wicket off seamer Scott Currie for 24 in the next over before Leech and Coad hit a six apiece late on.

Jack then returned to get Leech caught at mid-on for 23 to end Yorkshire’s difficult day.

Harry Duke

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com. Harry Duke attempts to run out Hampshire’s Tom Prest.

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