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Memory Match: Yorkshire v Lancashire (T20s)

— 13 July 2017

Yorkshire played against Lancashire once in each of the first two seasons of the 20-overs competition but the two rivals have met twice a year ever since. Many of the games have been televised and there has always been a very special atmosphere in the evening events with sell-out experiences being a common occurrence. The consequence of this is that there have been several exciting games and Paul Dyson now describes one of these.

July 7, 2006 at Old Trafford: Yorkshire 156-7 in 20 overs (A McGrath 52, DS Lehmann 30), Lancashire 141-9 in 20 overs (MJ Chilton 38). Yorkshire won by 15 runs.

Both counties came into this match with exactly the same record – WLWL – so whoever emerged victorious would be in a better position to qualify for the quarter-final stage, there being only eight group matches.

Craig White won the toss for Yorkshire but was soon suffering the ignominy of being run out without facing a ball, the effective fielder being Dominic Cork – another former England all-rounder. Michael Lumb was soon caught by the wicket-keeper but then came what was to be the highest stand of the match. Darren Lehmann had joined Anthony McGrath and both proceeded to score with a strike-rate of 120-125. McGrath was not in the least bit overshadowed by his more illustrious Australian partner and he timed the ball beautifully scoring 52 from 43 balls. Lehmann finished with 30 from 24 balls, the stand being worth 73. Four wickets then fell for 28 but Gerard Brophy and Richard Dawson added 35 together for the seventh wicket and the visitors finished with a competitive total of 156. Simon Marshall, a leg-spinner, was the most economical bowler and the only one to take as many as two wickets.

Australian Stuart Law and New Zealand’s Nathan Astle posted 38 for Lancashire’s first wicket, Law making a rapid 26 from a mere 15 balls. Chilton took over and helped the hosts reach 85 for two but he was batting slowly and 72 were now needed from seven overs. With the wickets of Astle and Steven Croft, some clever bowling from McGrath helped maintain the pressure but the loss of six wickets for 13 runs meant that the last pair needed to score a further 39 to win. The eighth wicket to fall had been that of skipper Mark Chilton who had tried to hold the innings together but his 38 from 37 balls was too slow for the situation which his team-mates had found themselves in. Deon Kruis had taken two wickets with consecutive deliveries but McGrath conceded only 4.50 per over and was comfortably the most economical. Mitchell Claydon also took two wickets.

Partly as a result of this crucial win Yorkshire finished in third place and qualified for the next stage for the first time, this being the competition’s fourth season. At Chelmsford, however, they were comfortably beaten by Essex by five wickets and it would be a further six years before the White Rose would be seen on finals day.

  • Man of the Match:

    Born in Bradford in 1975, Anthony McGrath started as an opening batsman with Yorkshire but moved to the middle-order and received his cap in 1999. From that position he often held the innings together and in gradually improving with age, he passed 1000 first-class runs in a season for the first time in 2005 and repeated this in 2006, averaging around the 60-mark in both years. In 2003 he had been appointed as Yorkshire’s youngest captain for 70 years but appearances for England led him to believe that he could play more Test and ODI cricket and so he resigned after just one season.

    Sadly, in 2006, McGrath decided to leave Yorkshire in the middle of his contract but after a stand-off lasting several months the return to Yorkshire of Darren Gough and Martyn Moxon, as captain and coach, respectively, made him reverse his decision. His final six seasons included his benefit year of 2009 when he was also captain again, him becoming the only Yorkshire skipper to be appointed twice but he resigned at the end of the year as his batting form had suffered.

    When a thumb injury forced him to retire in 2012 McGrath had played successfully in all three forms of the game, his away-swing medium-paced bowling and good slip fielding also contributing valuably. After two years as Yorkshire’s consultant coach he was appointed Assistant Head Coach at Essex in late-2015 and helped oversee the county achieve promotion to the Championship’s first division in his first season.

    SOME RECORDS

    Results (home and away)

    Played 23, Yorkshire won 11, lost 11, tied 1. (Abandoned 3)

    Highest innings totals

    Lancashire 231-4 Old Trafford 2015 Away 186-6 Headingley 2015 Yorkshire 202-8 Old Trafford 2015
    At home 185-6 Headingley 2015

    Lowest innings totals

    Lancashire 104-3 Old Trafford 2003 Away 131-9 Headingley 2004 Yorkshire 97 Old Trafford 2005 At home 111-8 Headingley 2009

    Highest individual innings

    Lancashire 101 SG Law Old Trafford 2005 Away 85 A Flintoff Headingley 2004 Yorkshire 108* IJ Harvey Headingley 2004 Away 92* JE Root Old Trafford 2006

    Best bowling

    Lancashire 3-10 DG Cork Old Trafford 2005 Away 3-25 NL Buck Headingley 2016 Yorkshire 4-26 AU Rashid Headingley 2011 Away 3-15 Azeem Rafiq Old Trafford 2011

    Most dismissals in an innings by a wicket-keeper

    Lancashire 3 (3 ct) WK Hegg Old Trafford 2003 Yorkshire 2 (1 ct, 1 st) Ismail Dawood Headingley 2005

    Most catches in an innings by a fielder

    Lancashire 3 SJ Croft Old Trafford 2009 3 NL McCullum Old Trafford 2010 Yorkshire 3 A Lyth Headingley 2016

    A half-century and two wickets in a match

    Lancashire BJ Hodge 64 & 2-28 Headingley 2005
    Yorkshire IJ Harvey 108 & 2-30 Headingley 2004 A McGrath 52 & 2-18 Old Trafford 2006

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