The T20 format first saw the light of day in 2003 and I doubt that in the intervening 14 years, a more remarkable match in the format can have taken place anywhere than the first game yesterday at the sumptuous cricket base of WRCS.
Yorkshire lost the toss and were invited to bat first. Opener Jonathan Tattersall was dismissed to the first ball of the innings and it was all downhill from there
After 7.5 overs, we were 27/8. But then, miraculously, the tide turned.
James Wainman hit 45 from just 22 deliveries (six fours and two sixes)and 41* from Karl Carver took us to 137/9.
Worcestershire made a reasonable start and, at half-way, were 66/4. But then tight bowling and good fielding increased the required run-rate and 17 were wanted off the last over. Jordan Thompson led the way with 3/18.
Only nine runs were scored and, incredibly, Yorkshire had won by eight runs.
After the excitement of Match 1, it was back to more normal fare for match two as Yorkshire won the toss and elected to bat.
Will Rhodes led the way with 48 and Alex Lees, newly arrived from Leeds, contributed 33. Matthew Waite’s 28 made the final total 145 for 7.
Worcestershire chased more professionally in Match 2, never letting the required run-rate climb above eight per over.
Brett D`Oliveira led the way with 49* and Worcestershire won only their second T20 match of the season by four wickets with four deliveries remaining.
Ed Barnes had 2/19 and there was one wicket for Carver, Rhodes, Shutt and Wainman.
Yorkshire’s record is now P8 W5 L2 Aban 1 11 Pts with Derbyshire and Lancashire to play in early August.