Andrew Gale and Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Yorkshire’s coach and captain, both admitted their disappointment after a resounding 55-run defeat to Derbyshire in today’s Vitality Blast clash at Emerald Headingley.
The pair pulled no punches when assessing a performance which led to the Vikings’ fourth defeat in nine North Group games and leaves them bottom of the table.
Derbyshire racked up 207-5 from their 20 overs, including half-centuries for Wayne Madsen and Leus du Plooy.
The latter hit three sixes and two fours off compatriot and former domestic team-mate Duanne Olivier as 32 runs crucially came off the 12th over of the visitors’ innings.
In reply, Yorkshire were bowled out for 152 with 17 balls remaining, with New Zealander Logan van Beek claiming 4-17 from three overs.
Jack Leaning top scored with 36 for the hosts, who now have a mountain to climb to reach the top four places for the quarter-finals with five games remaining, starting against Durham here on Friday night.
Captain Kohler-Cadmore said: “We didn’t do ourselves justice today. I think it’s been our worst performance yet. It’s really disappointing.”
Gale agreed: “It’s definitely right up there. The Worcester game here last week was as well.
“We did so much stuff today that is way off the standards that we set ourselves.
“There’s no hiding behind the fact that we were poor.
“The first 10 overs went alright with the ball and then Duanne’s over goes for 32 and changes the momentum of the game. We probably did well not to go for 220 or 230 in the end.
“With the bat, we were up there with the rate, but we were reckless.
“Throughout the competition, we’ve either let ourselves down with poor thinking or poor execution. Today was a mixture of both.”
Derbyshire have now completed the T20 Blast double over Yorkshire for the last three seasons, so winning six successive games against the Vikings.
Kohler-Cadmore added: “It started off ok for us, but they got away in the middle of their innings. We had a poor period with the ball.
“I felt we were sloppy in the field. We didn’t bowl to our plans. We kept getting hit to the short side, and they limited us a lot better when they were bowling.
“We had a period through the middle of their innings when five overs went for around 80 runs, and anything like that can cost you a game.
“With the bat, we lost myself in the first over and three wickets up top almost straightaway.
“We were always up with the rate, but we kept on losing wickets.
“If someone had batted through and got 80 or 90, we’d have had a good chance of chasing that down.”