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Match report: Vikings v Lancashire Lightning - T20 Blast

— 14 July 2017

Scorecard

TOSS

Lancashire won it and elected to bat.

TEAMS

Vikings: Lyth, Kohler-Cadmore, Marsh, Handscomb w, Leaning, Willey, Bresnan c, Rashid, Coad, Rafiq, Patterson.

Lightning: Brown, Livingstone, Lilley, Buttler w, Vilas, Croft c, McLaren, Clark, Parry, Bailey, Junaid.

MATCH IN A TWEET

Roses rivals Yorkshire and Lancashire play out dramatic NatWest T20 Blast tie in Manchester rain.

STAT

This was the second Blast tie between these two counties following 2013 at Headingley, with Lancashire finishing 152-5 in reply to 152-6 on that occasion.

REPORT

Umpires Rob Bailey and Martin Saggers took the players off at 9pm with Yorkshire 64-2 from 8.1 overs chasing 177.

Karl Brown’s 61 off 47 balls underpinned the Lightning’s 176-4 having elected to bat.

But they will be frustrated at not making the most of a flying start. They were 59-0 after six overs and 106-1 after eleven.

Brown shared half-century stands for the first and second wickets with England pair Liam Livingstone (34) and Jos Buttler (28).

But Azeem Rafiq was superb with two wickets, including Buttler, as Yorkshire dragged things back expertly.

Adil Rashid and Steve Patterson also struck once apiece and contributed heavily.

The rain arrived early in Yorkshire’s chase and had everybody scrambling for the Duckworth Lewis Stern sheets.

The Vikings were 41-1 after five and ahead of the required rate, but when Adam Lyth (20) skewed Ryan McLaren to cover early in the sixth, they were 44-2 and behind.

David Willey, unbeaten on 23, hoisted Pakistan’s Champions Trophy-winning seamer Junaid Khan for a huge six over mid-wicket at the end of the eighth over to take the score to 63-2, and Yorkshire were ahead.

But Lancashire restricted them to a single with the first ball of the ninth, meaning a tie when the rain got too heavy.

HERO

Off-spinner Azeem Rafiq was Yorkshire’s standout performer with 2-26 from four overs, getting Jos Buttler and Dane Vilas caught at long-on.

The catch to get Buttler, running and diving from Tom Kohler-Cadmore, was particularly impressive.

Only 18 runs came off the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th overs combined as Lancashire failed to regain their early momentum.

KEY MOMENT

Yorkshire were going well in their chase at 44-1 in the sixth over before Adam Lyth, unbeaten on 20, fell when he hit Ryan McLaren high to cover to put them behind the DLS target.

Unfortunately, that period of the game proved to be Yorkshire’s opportunity to get ahead.

RIP BRADLEY LOWERY

Yorkshire’s players wore football shirts of their respective teams in the warm-ups as a mark of respect for the late Sunderland fan, who captured the hearts of a nation before passing away earlier this month. It was his funeral today.


Tim Bresnan supported the six-year-old’s foundation in his benefit year three years ago, and he tweeted before the match: “Hopefully it’s a fitting tribute to the little boy who united the football world.”

WHAT THEY SAID

Coach Andrew Gale

“I thought we were in a decent position to go on and win the game.

“They started well, but we fought our way back into the game. It was disappointing to come off when we did.

“We thought 180-185 was par. At the halfway stage, we were really pleased. We thought we could chase that. We got off to a bit of a slow start in the chase, but found some rhythm. From that position, I’d have backed us to go on and win.

“Lythy spoke to the umpires and they said they had no intention of coming off. What do you do? Knock it around or play the game as you see it.

“He was in control of the situation. The umpires said they wanted to play for as long as they could. If he goes into his shell and we get behind the Duckworth Lewis and it stops raining, we could have been in a bad position.

“We just need to get on a run. We have a bit of time off now and come back on Friday, and hopefully we can get some momentum.”

WHAT’S NEXT

Yorkshire have a break before their next match against 2014 champions Birmingham Bears at Headingley on Friday night, starting at 6.30pm.

The Vikings now have four points from their first four North Group matches, including a win, a loss, a No Result and this tie.

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