Jack Shutt reflected on his remarkable 5-11 against Durham last night, admitting: “I can’t believe it.”
The 22-year-old off-spinner returned Yorkshire’s second best figures in T20 history, including bowling Australian star D’Arcy Short with a beauty, to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat as Durham slipped from 70-0 to 132 all out chasing 147.
Yorkshire are now three points behind fourth place in the race for the quarter-finals with three games remaining.
Derbyshire are fourth and occupy the last quarter-final qualifying place on 12 points from 12 games, while Yorkshire are seventh on 11 from 11 games.
They have a game in hand on the three teams above them and face Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on Sunday (3.30pm).
“We’re right in with a shout, but we have to win our last three games,” said Shutt.
“I’ve not actually played at Trent Bridge before. Hopefully there’s a bit of spin! They’re a tough side to play against, but we’ll see what happens.”
Notts are third in the table and on course for the quarter-finals with five wins from 11.
Shutt was speaking at Durham last night whilst children were singing his name: “That’s surreal,” he laughed, quite clearly struggling to take in the size of his and Yorkshire’s achievement.
“There was a little bit in the pitch for me, and sometimes in T20 cricket it just goes for you and it’s your night,” he reflected. “I’m really pleased.
“There was a bit of grip first innings, so we knew there was something in the pitch.
“The four spinners who bowled bowled well.
“I’ve not been involved in a game like that for, well, ever!
“There’s a lot of ups and downs in T20 cricket. Just go back to last week against Warwickshire. I bowled one over for 15. You can’t get too carried away and will have highs and lows.
“Getting D’Arcy Short out, I’ve seen a lot of him on telly, and he’s a proper player. Luckily I got him with a good one. I haven’t bowled too many better balls than that in my career.”
On a pitch suiting spin, Adam Lyth took three wickets in the penultimate over, added to a run out, as Durham slipped from 128-6 to 132 all out.
“I really rate Lythy’s bowling, seeing him bowl in the nets and stuff. It doesn’t surprise me to see what he did.”
Shutt’s figures were Yorkshire’s second best in T20 history behind Tim Bresnan’s 6-19 against Lancashire at Emerald Headingley in 2017.
“Really?” said the youngster from Barnsley. “I remember watching that game.”
He added: “We’ve been disappointed with how it’s gone so far, but we have three games to go and have to win all three. But you can take a lot of momentum in T20 cricket. Who knows what can happen.”
Meanwhile, Jack Leaning, another star of the Durham win with 39 with the bat and one wicket with the ball, will join Kent at the end of the season on a permanent deal.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore continues to captain the side.
Spinners Josh Poysden (head), Adil Rashid (shoulder) and James Logan (back) have been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Seamer Matthew Fisher (dislocated shoulder/broken thumb), who has been easing back into his bowling work, is close to a return to competitive cricket.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore ©
Jonny Tattersall (WK)
Vitality Blast table
Finals Days: 2
Coach: Andrew Gale – Former captain who led the side to their only Blast final to date, in 2012. Yorkshire’s leading T20 run-scorer (2,260) is in his third season as coach.
Captain: Steve Patterson – A seamer whose contributions are key for the White Rose in all formats, he hasn’t always been a regular pick in T20 cricket. This is his first full season as skipper, but he led last season’s entire Blast campaign.
Overseas signings: Nicholas Pooran (West Indies – available for the first five games).
Narrative: With only two Finals Day appearances to their name (2012, 2016), the Vikings have underachieved in this format. A side who posted 260 for four against Northants two summers ago – English T20’s highest team total – should be doing far better.
Star man: David Willey – England commitments have ceased for now, meaning he should be available for the entire competition. An all-rounder with star quality and history of taking the Blast by storm. In 2013, he was man-of-the-match in ex-county Northamptonshire’s final win over Surrey at Edgbaston, scoring 60 and taking four wickets, including a hat-trick.
Mr Consistency: Adam Lyth – The left-handed opener, so long as he does not suffer a last-minute injury, will become Yorkshire’s all-time leading T20 run-scorer during 2019. With 2,240 to his name, he is only 20 behind coach Andrew Gale. Late last year, the 31-year-old – also a gun fielder and a handy off-spin bowler – went beyond 100 T20 appearances for the Vikings.
Under the radar: Jonny Tattersall – The county’s first-choice wicketkeeper may well be given a break from taking the gloves during the first five matches with Pooran around, but his busy style of batting could be crucial late in an innings. Should build on one fifty in last season’s debut campaign.
Killer stat: Prior to this season, Yorkshire had reached or topped 200 in an innings on 16 occasions. Six of those scores were achieved in the past two campaigns.
Titles: 1 (2017)
Finals Days: 4
Head Coach: Peter Moores – The former England coach won county championship titles with both Sussex and Lancashire and continued his winning ways by lifting both the Vitality Blast and the RLODC with Notts in 2017.
Captain: Dan Christian – The Australia international captained Notts to their success on Finals Day 2017. Returns to Trent Bridge for his fifth season with the Outlaws.
Overseas signings: Dan Christian (Australia).
The Narrative: Notts can’t wait to turn their back on a poor red-ball season and resume their quest for limited-overs glory. The white-ball specialists have reached the knockout stages in eight of the past nine years and amongst the new crop of signings, both Ben Duckett (twice with Northants) and Joe Clarke (last year with Worcestershire) have won this competition. Alex Hales and Harry Gurney should also be available throughout for another tilt at reaching Finals Day.
Star Man: Alex Hales – Perhaps with a point to prove, perhaps not, Hales will welcome the opportunity to show that his enforced lay-off hasn’t diminished his talents. One of the cleanest white-ball strikers in world cricket, his flying starts will be invaluable to the Outlaws.
Mr Consistency: Steven Mullaney – Nottinghamshire’s red-ball captain will relish his time back in the ranks, where he will again deliver with bat, ball and in the field. One of the most under-rated players in the country – unless you are canvassing any of his opponents.
Under The Radar: Matt Carter – Ish Sodhi’s absence this year should give regular opportunities to the Lincolnshire-born off-spinner, who has already impressed in fleeting red-ball and 50-over appearances. Could be key to Notts’ chances.
Killer Stat: Notts reached an aggregate of 100 victories in domestic T20 cricket last season and Samit Patel has featured in 93 of the wins. The all-rounder was there when the competition started in 2003 and begins this campaign with 168 appearances, only one behind Kent’s Darren Stevens, who has played the most.
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