Yorkshire slipped to a NatWest T20 Blast defeat against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge by 22 runs today despite having restricted the Outlaws to 143-9.
The Vikings stumbled in the face of a polished bowling display from the Outlaws, which included three wickets for Luke Fletcher on a slow pitch. Alex Lees top-scored with a run-a-ball 37 in a reply of 121-9.
Yorkshire have now lost two of their seven North Division matches, increasing the importance of the home double header against Leicestershire and Durham at Headingley on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Ryan Sidebottom was the pick of Yorkshire’s bowlers with 3-24 from his four, while Tim Bresnan and Robinson took two wickets apiece in an excellent bowling and fielding display. Eight of the nine wickets fell to catches.
Captain James Taylor, who had chosen to bat, top-scored for the Outlaws with 52 not out off 38 balls, and he shared 48 for the fifth wicket with New Zealander James Franklin, who made 27.
Yorkshire made the ideal start when Sidebottom had former team-mate Phil Jaques caught behind for a duck midway through the first over, leaving the score at 0-1.
Alex Hales pulled Bresnan for six with the penultimate ball of the fourth over, but he fell to the very next ball when he offered a sharp return catch head high.
And when in-form Rikki Wessels skewed Rich Pyrah’s second ball high to cover, Notts had lost two in three balls and were 26-3.
Samit Patel and Taylor set about a mini-recovery, but their work was undermined when the former was bowled by Azeem Rafiq in the tenth over with 55 on the board. They reached halfway at 57-4.
Taylor and Franklin finally did manage to rebuild, with both men sweeping sixes prior to the end of the 15th over, which the Outlaws reached at 100-4. Taylor swept Pyrah after Franklin had done likewise to Rafiq.
Bresnan broke the partnership at the start of the 16th when he had Franklin caught at long-off, and he also had a hand in the sixth Notts wicket to fall, that of Chris Read caught off the bowling of Sidebottom as Bresnan ran in from deep backward square, leaving the score at 113-6 towards the end of the 17th.
Bresnan also caught Steven Mullaney at deep cover off Robinson in the next with 117 on the board.
Sidebottom picked up his third wicket when Ajmal Shahzad found deep mid-wicket – 129-8 with eight balls left – before Fletcher holed out to wide long-off against Robinson in the last.
Aaron Finch hit two boundaries off Harry Gurney in the first over of the reply, which went for 14, but he fell in the second when he clipped Fletcher to short fine-leg with the score on 15.
Andrew Gale fell midway through the sixth over, caught at third-man as he tried to uppercut Shahzad, leaving the score at 38-2.
Lees played in his usual classical fashion, chipping Patel’s left-arm spin over cover for four in the seventh over, but he lost partner Jonny Bairstow in the eighth when he lofted the same bowler to long-on with 54 on the board.
Adam Lyth was smartly run out by bowler Mullaney in the tenth over, leaving the score at 60-4. At halfway, Yorkshire were 62-4, needing 82.
Lees was next to go, caught at mid-wicket off Patel, and Yorkshire were slipping fast at 69-5 after 12.1, still needing 75.
Bresnan took the majority of 14 off the 15th over, including a four through mid-wicket and a straight six off Franklin, as Yorkshire reached 89-5 with five overs left.
Fifteen came off the next from Shahzad, including three boundaries to Adil Rashid, as Yorkshire took the equation to 40 off four.
Fletcher yorked Rashid for with the first ball of the 18th as Yorkshire fell to 112-6. The target became 27 off two overs and still 27 off eight balls with the loss of Pyrah and Bresnan in the space of three balls from Gurney, both caught on the legside boundary.
Fletcher, who bowled Robinson in the last, was defending 25, and he did it with plenty of room to spare.