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Yorkshire's Tim Bresnan celebrates taking the wicket of Lancashire's Stephen Parry.
— 12 February 2018

Twenty20 Cup – July 14, 2004, Headingley

Yorkshire won by eight wickets

Lancashire may have won the first ever Roses T20 the previous summer, but Yorkshire got their own back in some style – and it was largely down to Australian all-rounder Ian Harvey.

In 2003, Harvey, who scored Twenty20 cricket’s first ever century whilst playing for Gloucestershire, was at it again to usurp a powerful 85 from Andrew Flintoff.

  • Harvey took two wickets as the Lightning were bowled out for 168, with Flintoff’s innings at the top of the order being a lone effort for the visitors.

    Matthew Wood then fell for two in the fourth over of Yorkshire’s reply, by which time they already had 34 on the board.

    Opener Harvey, returning to the side following a two-month injury absence, then dominated a second-wicket partnership of 108, reaching his fifty of 21 balls and his ton off just 53. In all, he hit 16 fours and two sixes in his 59-ball assault.

    The win was secured with 13 balls to spare.

    Twenty20 Cup – June 18, 2008, Headingley

    Yorkshire won by two wickets

    Darren Gough, Anthony McGrath and Rich Pyrah led the way as Yorkshire won by two wickets with as many balls to spare, recovering from 86-5 chasing 151.

  • McGrath won the man-of-the-match award for taking a wicket and steering the chase with a measured 46, while Pyrah claimed an excellent 3-20 from four overs and captain Gough later struck a crucial 20 off nine balls down the order.

    Lancashire, having been inserted on a gloomy evening, lost three quick wickets through the heart of their innings to undo a healthy start of 74-2, with McGrath removing top-scorer Mal Loye (43).

    The hosts then slipped into trouble in their chase following a brisk 21 from Michael Vaughan.

    Current South Africa captain Faf du Plessis removed Chris Taylor and Jacques Rudolph with the score on 86 before McGrath and Gough were key in turning things around.

    Yorkshire completed the double over Lancashire that season and qualified for the quarter-finals. But they were thrown out of the competition having fielded an ineligible player in Azeem Rafiq in the final group match at Notts.

  • Yorkshire's Azeem Rafiq celebrates catching Lancashire's Sajid Mahmood out lbw.
  • Friends Life t20 – June 10, 2011, Old Trafford

    Yorkshire by two wickets

    Things hadn’t been particularly easy for Azeem Rafiq, now aged 20, when it came to T20 cricket, as alluded to in the previous entry. But here he starred with bat and ball to secure an exhilarating win behind enemy lines.

    The young off-spinning all-rounder returned a superb 3-15 from his four overs as the Lightning made 122-8 having been inserted.

    Yorkshire lost wickets regularly in their chase, slipping to 96-6 in the 17th, although they managed to stay in range of the target and needed 10 to win off the final over Tom Smith.

    Enter Rafiq once more, who inventively paddled two boundaries to secure a stunning win with two balls to spare.

    All of this came in the Barnsley youngster’s first game back with the county following a successful loan spell at Derbyshire.

    Friends Life t20 – July 5, 2013, Headingley

    Match tied

    The first of two Roses ties, and definitely the best of the pair. The other was last season’s rain-affected affair at Old Trafford, which was eventually settled on Duckworth Lewis Stern.

    In 2013, however, Lancashire replied to Yorkshire’s 152-6 with 152-5.

  • Ryan Sidebottom just about defended 10 off the last over, although despite punching the air after defending three off the last ball, the former England man wasn’t able to celebrate fully with a victory.

    At 59-1 in the eighth over, the Vikings should have posted a larger total, but they were stymied by the spin of Stephen Parry and debutant offie Arron Lilley.

    In response, Lancashire were cruising at 92-2 in the 12th over, although Rich Pyrah put the skids under them with his second and third wickets – he finished with a superb 3-15 to secure the man-of-the-match award.

    NatWest T20 Blast – June 6, 2014, Old Trafford

    Yorkshire won by five wickets

    Aussie overseas ace Aaron Finch was on Point. Literally!

  • The powerful opener, one of the game’s very best in this format, whacked a stunning 88 off 55 balls as the Vikings chased down 180 with three balls remaining.

    Having earlier played his part in a stunning boundary riding catch to remove Tom Smith at long-off with Adam Lyth – still a YouTube hit to this day – Finch crunched eight fours and five monster sixes.

    Two of them even hit the top of the ground’s Point Conference facility, with him describing them as his biggest ever hits. That’s quite some for a bloke who has hit the roof at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.

    Yorkshire, for whom Rich Pyrah and Oliver Robinson struck twice with the ball, wobbled in their chase having been 101-1 in the 13th over.

    Thankfully, they were helped out as the Lightning were penalised six runs for a slow over-rate, taking the final over target from 15 to nine. Pyrah hit a six over cover to win it.

  • NatWest T20 Blast – June 5, 2015, Headingley

    Lancashire won by four wickets

    Ok, ok, we’ll give ‘em one favourable memory.

    In all fairness, it was a pretty exhilarating evening as Jos Buttler’s brilliant 71 off 35 balls sparked a come from behind win for the eventual competition winners.

    On a night when all the England players were available, Joe Root top-scored for the hosts with 55 off 39 balls in 185-8.

    Aussie Glenn Maxwell had earlier lofted the first ball of the match from Steven Croft over cover for six with an audacious switch hit.

    Lancashire were then way off the pace at 89-3 in the 13th over before Buttler’s blitz turned the game on its head, hitting five fours and as many sixes.

    Lancashire needed 17 off Tim Bresnan in the final over, with Buttler surviving a run out chance from Maxwell off the final ball of the match.

    NatWest T20 Blast – August 11, 2017, Headingley

    Yorkshire won by 19 runs

    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 Blast as the Vikings defended a target of 183.

    Openers Tom Kohler-Cadmore (45) and Adam Lyth, who hit 50 off 29 balls, shared a blistering 95 in eight overs to get things moving in style.

    But Lancashire kept things in check as England Lions leg-spinner Matt Parkinson impressed with 4-23 from his four overs.

    From there, the visitors were rarely in the chase.

  • Yorkshire’s players would no doubt have felt otherwise with Jos Buttler at the crease and the score at 107-3 in the 14th over. But he was caught and bowled by Steve Patterson for 23.

    Bresnan removed openers Karl Brown and Liam Livingstone and later Ryan McLaren before picking up three of four wickets to fall in the last over as Lancashire were bowled out for 163.

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