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Falcons victorious as middle-order fails again

— 2 May 2011

Yorkshire’s batting crumbled again as they lost 8 wickets for 55 runs and Derbyshire exerted control during the middle overs as the run-rate required spiralled out of control and scoreboard pressure accounted for the Carnegie batsmen. Wes Durston, who this time last year was a Unicorn, made it a hat-trick of excellent CB40 performances this summer, to score 95 and take 3 wickets as the Derbyhsire Falcons won by 52 runs.


Needing 246 to win, Adam Lyth slashed a drive at the first ball of Groenwald’s spell, the 7th over of the innings, and was caught brilliantly by Gary Park at backward point to make Yorkshire 35-1. Yorkshire were then steadied by Andrew Gale and Joe Root who saw Yorkshire past the 100 mark in 121 balls.

If the pair, who had batted sensibly, had stayed together it may have been a different story, but they were seperated when their stand was worth 90 runs after Root was lbw to Durston’s off-spin for 45 and Yorkshire were 125-2.

Andrew Gale’s fifty came up in 62 balls with 4 fours and 1 six and he looked in complete control. He needed someone to stay with him, to ease the pressure from the other end, but Jonny Bairstow lofted a ball from Chesney Hughes to Wayne Marsden at long-off and Yorkshire needed 108 runs at 8.64 an over to secure victory.

After Bairstow’s departure, Gale hit the very next ball for 6, but the Carnegie batsman watched the required rate climb every over and, with the score 145, Gale drove firmly back to Durston who took the catch low by his feet and hoisted it high in the air in celebration. Gale lingered hoping that TV replays would signal that the ball had not carried or Durston had not exerted sufficient control before legitimately releasing it. No such joy and the Yorkshire skippers departure was the moment that all White Rose momentum was lost. 

Gerard Brophy hit Durston hard into the offside and was splendidly snaffled by Wayne Masden at cover, who with one hand high over his shoulder plucked the speeding ball from behind his shoulder. The score was 156-5 and Richard Pyrah and Joe Sayers soon took the batting powerplay in a bid to rekindle Carnegie hopes, but Pyrah succumbed when Jonny Clare cauight the under-edge of his bat and a smart catch by Luke Sutton behind the stumps ended his hopes. The scoreboard showed a sorry 164-6.

Ajmal Shahzad was lbw to Steffan Jones for 1 and Joe Sayers was caught by Gary Park at long-off for 12 to reduce Carnegie to 168-8. That became 177-9 when David Wainwright holed out to Usman Khawaja in the leg-side off Jones for 6 and Yorkshire were down and out.

When the scoreboard showed, in the penultimate over, that the rate required was 36+ it was time for the Headingley faithfull to pack up and go home. Yorkshire were finally put out of their misery when Ryan Sidebottom pulled a Clare delivery to Khawaja at mid-wicket to end Carnegie’s innings at 193 all out with an over still to play.

Earlier, Sidebottom had stalled the Falcons after they had made a decent start in progressing to 26-0 in the 5th over. With the final ball of that over Sidebottom completely cleaned up Chesney Hughes. Ajmal Shahzad then changed ends to bowl his 4th over and conceded just 1 run in his next two overs and destroyed Khawaja’s stumps to make the score 42-2 in the 11th. 

Wes Durston played beautifully for his 95 before flashing at a ball from Pyrah which was caught quite brilliantly by Ajmal Shahzad at short 3rd man. The ball seemed destined to cross the boundary, but Shahzad lept to his right, clutching the ball one-handed while at full stretch.

It was Durston’sthird successive CB40 fifty, his 95 coming in 97 balls. Smith finally went to Sidebottom, bowled in the 28th over, the first of the batting powerplay.

Durston had met Rashid’s introduction into the attack in the 13th over with an almighty pulled 6 into the vacant West Stand. As Durston himself proved later, there was help for a spinner who stuck the ball in the right areas of the Headingley track, but neither Rashid or Wainwright found any consistency.

Richard Pyrah took three late wickets to halt Derbyshire’s charge to a large total. Steffan Jones was elevated up the order to give it some muscle and was nicely pouched by Brophy off Pyrah. Jonny Clare went in the 36th over lbw for 1 to make the score 205-5. Durston had gone 3 balls earlier, also to Rich Pyrah.

Adil Rashid was entrusted with the final over of Derbyshire innings, not by design, but Gale had run out of options after bringing back Sidebottom and Pyrah to stem the tide earlier. Rashid repaid his skipper by taking 2 wickets and Derbyshire ended on 245-8 from their 40 overs. Wayne Madsen was the last man out for a fine 66 from 41 balls which included 5 fours and 2 sixes.

A record of two defeats in the group stages in 2010 has already been equalled in 2011 and a Lords Final seems a distant dream



Yorkshire Carnegie will be keen to rid a 2-run defeat to the Netherlands a week ago from their minds and get their Clydesdale Bank 40 campaign back on track.

They are however not alone in those thoughts. Their visitors on Monday, the Derbyshire Falcons, also suffered a 13-run defeat to the Dutch the following day.

Yorkshire Carnegie were Semi-Finalists in the 40-over format in 2010 and will need to hit top gear from now on to repeat that achievement. Only the top side from Group A is guaranteed a Semi-Final spot so any further slip ups would start to make a trip to the Lord’s Final in September a more distant possibility.

In the match against the Netherlands only Richard Pyrah (a one-day career best 69 and 1-31), Adil Rashid (2-20 and 42 not out) and Ryan Sidebottom (2-29 and a barnstorming 29 from 14 balls) emerged with any credit.

It’s time for the rest of the side to stand up and be counted if the CB40 is to be a happy hunting ground for Andrew Gale’s side this summer.



Andrew GALE ©, Adam LYTH, Joe ROOT, Anthony McGRATH, Jonathan BAIRSTOW, Gerard BROPHY (wk), Richard PYRAH, Ajmal SHAHZAD, Adil RASHID, Ryan SIDEBOTTOM, Steve PATTERSON, Joe SAYERS and David WAINWRIGHT.


The game commences at 1.45pm and tickets will be available to purchase on the day priced at £15 adults and £10 concessions.