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Match Report: Yorkshire Vikings v Durham Lions (RLODC)

— 6 May 2019

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Yorkshire’s Royal London one-day Cup campaign ended in a damp squib against Durham at Emerald Headingley.

Rain meant only 34.2 overs were possible, forcing a No Result for a much-changed Vikings side including a trio of List A debutants.

Durham, invited to bat, reached 182-2 when rain cut short their innings just after 3.30pm, and the No Result means they also miss out on a top three finish in the North Group and knockout qualification.

The North East county have finished fourth in the North behind Nottinghamshire, Worcestershire and Lancashire, who all advance.

Scott Steel top-scored with 68 and Alex Lees 51 not out against his former county.

Left-handed Lees, who left Yorkshire late last season, passed 50 for the fifth successive RL50 innings, a run which has included a century.

Yorkshire have won two of their eight fixtures, with two ties, three defeats and this No Result.

The Vikings have failed to qualify for the knockout stages for the first time in six years.

Academy captain Tom Loten, wicketkeeper Ben Birkhead and young seamer Jared Warner (0-32 from five overs) all made their List A debuts, while batsman Will Fraine made his first-team bow for the White Rose having signed from Nottinghamshire over the winter.

Coach Andrew Gale rested Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance, Jonny Tattersall, captain Steve Patterson and Duanne Olivier ahead of the return to Championship cricket next week.

Upon winning the toss, Kohler-Cadmore opted to bowl given the threat of afternoon rain and the help the Duckworth Lewis Stern method brings chasing teams as a result.

Tim Bresnan took the new ball and was the pick of Yorkshire’s bowlers with an excellent 2-36 from 10 overs.

Ben Raine, who hit a leg-side six in 32, and Steel shared 55 inside seven overs for the first wicket before the former edged Bresnan behind down the leg-side.

Bresnan added the second wicket of Steel when he pulled to deep square-leg in the 28th over (159-2).

Lees launched Jack Leaning’s off-spin for six over long-on early in his innings and was particularly strong on the drive.

Steel reached his fifty off 70 balls and Lees off 63 as they shared 109 inside 21 overs for the second wicket.

Rain initially arrived at 1.05pm, with a resumption almost two-and-a-half-hours later. By then, the clash had been reduced to 36 overs per side, giving the visitors 17 more balls to face.

But there was only time for seven before the rain returned, with three runs added between Lees and Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft, unbeaten on 18.

Had there been time for 10 overs in Yorkshire’s chase, the minimum needed for a DLS result, the hosts would have needed 102 runs for victory.

Durham fast bowler Mark Wood, inked in for his first appearance of the summer, did not get the chance to bowl as England continue to manage his fitness ahead of the World Cup later this month.

The umpires called the game off just after 5.30pm.

Yorkshire’s next match is a County Championship clash with Kent at Canterbury, starting next Tuesday.

Yorkshire stand-in captain Tom Kohler-Cadmore

“Today, we got more positives out of that. The weather beat us today, but I felt we were good with the ball and in the field. Energy levels were what we wanted and what we spoke about at the start of the day.

“Everything we set out to do, we nailed. We would have liked more wickets, but Durham played well.

“Tim Bresnan set the tone brilliantly for us.

“We did slightly different things to what we’d normally do as a side. We bowled Jack Leaning a bit more, taking more of a punt with spin instead of relying on our seamers.

“Jack bowled really nicely.

“It shows we have more options later on in the year for T20.

“It was a great honour to be captain. I really enjoyed it. I even woke up early this morning with excitement, which is a first for me!

“The lads who came in and made their debuts, I thought they performed nicely. They weren’t under too much pressure and felt like they could express themselves.”

Durham’s Mark Wood, who was travelling down to London to link up with England’s one-day squad immediately after the game.

“I’ve been looking to be ready to go for the World Cup and not too early. It’s just been really frustrating the last couple of games. I wish I had played more for Durham, but that’s the way the cards have been dealt.
“It was a big game for us today, and I was up for it to try and help us over the line. But you can’t help the British weather!

Durham lead high performance coach James Franklin

“As cricketers, we know the weather can have the last laugh. And we’ve had that today.

“It’s frustrating, but it’s one of those things you can’t control.

“I still think we can be proud of how we’ve gone about our cricket in this competition. To win four out of the six completed matches, it’s progress for this team considering where we were last year in the competition.

“Fortune favours Lancashire in this instance being able to get that one extra win. Them’s the breaks, there’s nothing we can do about it now.”

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