Yorkshire Vikings v Lancashire Lightning
NatWest T20 Blast, North Group
Friday August 11, 2017, 6.30pm
Yorkshire won it and elected to bat.
Vikings: Lyth, Kohler-Cadmore, Willey, Marsh, Sarfaraz Ahmed w, Leaning, Bresnan c, Rashid, Plunkett, Rafiq, Patterson. Lightning: Brown, Livingstone, Lilley, Buttler w, Croft c, Vilas, McLaren, Clark, Parry, Junaid, Parkinson.
MATCH IN A TWEET
David Lloyd, Andrew Flintoff…George Formby, Uncle Joe, your boys took one hell of a beating.
Tim Bresnan’s 6-19 from four overs, a career best including three wickets in the last over, were the third best figures ever recorded in the NatWest T20 Blast.
Yorkshire won a thunderous Roses clash against Lancashire at Headingley by 19 runs to end a three-game losing streak and take a significant step towards the quarter-finals.
Yorkshire defended 182-7 to win for the fifth time in 12 North Group games, returning to the top four quarter-final qualifying places in the process.
They have two games remaining, starting at Leicestershire tomorrow, and have made it very difficult for Lancashire to qualify.
Both teams came into this 15,750 sold out clash immediately outside the top four on eleven points from as many games.
Adam Lyth top-scored with 50 for the Vikings before Bresnan took three of four wickets in the last over to secure the third best figures ever in Blast history, with Lancashire bowled out for 163.
Thankfully, a poor second half of Yorkshire’s innings did not cost them as they slipped in the face of spin and some superb Lancashire catching.
Leg-spinner Matthew Parkinson claimed career best figures of 4-23 from four overs as the hosts lost five wickets and only scored 59 runs in the last nine overs having been 123-2 after 11.
Three of those wickets fell to catches at long-on and the other at deep mid-wicket, with Steven Croft taking a diving stunner running in and around from long-on to help remove Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore had earlier hit 45, sharing 95 in eight overs for the first wicket with Lyth, who reached 50 off 28 balls.
Jack Leaning’s 24 was the only other batsman to make it into the twenties, with left-arm spinner Stephen Parry also striking once.
Yorkshire’s momentum was also halted by a near half-hour rain break immediately after Lyth fell at the end of the eighth over.
Liam Livingstone hit three fours off David Willey in the first over of Lancashire’s chase before falling alongside Karl Brown in the third as Bresnan had them caught in the space of three balls – 21-2.
Yorkshire were right on top when Leaning took an outrageous one-handed effort at deep cover to help Liam Plunkett remove Arron Lilley as the score fell to 63-3 after eight.
Lancashire reached halfway at 81-3, needing 102 more with captain Croft and Jos Buttler at the crease.
But when Buttler (23) offered a return catch off Steve Patterson’s third ball in the 14th, the visitors were 107-4 and a long way from home.
Top-scorer Croft with 62 was stumped off Adil Rashid as Lancashire’s last realistic hope disappeared at 125-5 in the 17th.
Yorkshire then comfortably defended 23 off the last, with Bresnan getting Dane Vilas caught at long-off, Jordan Clark at deep mid-wicket and Parry run out in three balls before bowling Junaid Khan.
Tim Bresnan. What a night for the skipper.
Jack Leaning took one of the best catches you will ever see at deep cover; one-handed over his head to help Liam Plunkett get rid of Arron Lilley as Lancashire fell to 63-3 after eight. Find a replay if you haven’t seen it. You won’t be disappointed.
On the 40th anniversary of Geoffrey Boycott’s 100th hundred here at Headingley, chairman Steve Denison presented him with a framed Yorkshire Championship shirt with Boycott 100 on the back at the mid-innings interval.
EARLIER IN THE DAY
Yorkshire Diamonds made a winning start to their Kia Women’s Super League campaign by hammering Lancashire Thunder.
The Diamonds made 162-4 before the Thunder responded with 134-7.
England Academy all-rounder Alice Davidson-Richards claimed the player of the match award with a brisk 22 and 3-20 from four overs of medium pace.
WHAT THEY SAID
Tim Bresnan admitted: “The win is all that matters. Roll on tomorrow with plenty of confidence going into the Leicester game.
“The lads up at the top, Lythy and Tom Kohler-Cadmore, got us off to a great start with some unbelievable striking. It set the tone for the game. We had a slight wobble towards the end, but that can happen.
“They figured out how to bowl on that wicket, credit to them.
“I got the knee slide out in celebration (after his wickets in last over). I think I might have cracked a rib! I don’t need to be doing that at my age.
“It could have been quite a nipper, but Steve Patterson bowled a brilliant over to leave me defending 20-odd off the last.
“Tomorrow’s game is massive for us. We need to win at Leicester and see where we go from there.
“When we come out and play like that, and their boys turned up as well, I think it’s one of the best cricket leagues around the world. The standard there was exceptional.
“That’s as close as you’re going to get to international cricket, if not better, when they’re all rooting for you.”
Yorkshire face Leicestershire Foxes at Grace Road tomorrow, starting at 2.30pm. It is their penultimate North Group fixture.