Today at Barnsley, all could see the conundrum which is modern cricket. Players who had faced each other the previous day at York in the County Championship and who had looked out of their depth, now flourished and lashed the ball to all parts.
Game 1 – Scorecard
Northants won the toss and chose to bat and posted 171/2 in their 20 overs.
This was built around a second wicket stand of 110 between Aaron West (91*) and the Captain and Scottish international David Murphy (45). This effort was made from just 83 deliveries. Will Rhodes and Ryan Gibson took a wicket each.
Yorkshire opened with Aaron Finch, who had just landed from Australia and who wanted a game of cricket to get the rust out of his system.
However, he lasted just 13 deliveries before David Burton removed him for 13. Richard Pyrah (40*), Ryan Gibson (36) and Dan Hodgson (20) tried their best but it was not to be and the losing margin was 10 runs.
Game 2 – Scorecard
Northants won the toss and chose to bat and this time ran up 178/6 in their 20 overs.
David Murphy was again to the fore with an unbeaten 71, well supported by Akhil Patel (33) and Aaron West (21). This time, however, the Yorkshire bowlers made more inroads and Ashraf, Pyrah, Gibson Rhodes and Carver all struck once each. Will Rhodes also effected the run out to remove non-striker Fawcett.
The chase was much better this time and the rate required and current scoring rate were never too fat apart.
Dan Hodgson led the way with 47 and had solid back-up from Will Rhodes (35), Ryan Gibson (34) and Aaron Finch (32). A victory seemed to be ours for the taking but the momentum lapsed at just the wrong moment and from 159/3 with 14 deliveries left, we slipped to 162/6 just five deliveries later.
A target of 16 from nine deliveries proved just too much and the match was lost by the frustratingly small margin of just four runs.