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— 10 January 2020

Yorkshire’s Vitality Blast overseas star Nicholas Pooran played his part in one of the more memorable one-day internationals last night, with the West Indies pipping Ireland in a thriller in Barbados.

Pooran’s 52 was the hosts’ top score as they chased down 238 to win by one wicket with a ball to spare, going 2-0 up in a three-match series in the process.

The left-hander, who will return to Emerald Headingley this summer for a second spell of Blast cricket, came to the crease with the chase tottering at 24-3, only to help recover things to 140-4.

However, Pooran was one of three wickets to fall as the Irish reasserted their authority at 148-7 before a lower order fightback took the game to the wire.

The equation became six off eight balls with one wicket remaining and then two off two balls. Last man Sheldon Cottrell promptly hoisted seamer Mark Adair over cover for six to send the Kensington Oval wild.

Unfortunately for the Irish, Adair fumbled two run out opportunities in the last over, letting the ball slip from his grasp following returned throws to the stumps.

  • Talking of Yorkshire overseas players, and the club are close to announcing a third signing for the 2020 summer, barring any last minute hitches.

    Pooran will be returning for likely 11 or 12 Blast games in the early stages of the campaign, while South African spinner Keshav Maharaj also comes back to Emerald Headingley to play the first two Specsavers County Championship matches of the season – at home to Gloucestershire and away to champions Essex.

    A deal has been agreed with another international spinner to play in the majority of the remaining Championship matches, with that deal on the verge of completion.

    Keep your eyes on all the YCCC media channels for news of our recruit.

  • The regular season opening three-day fixture against Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities, starting on April 2, has been moved from Weetwood to Emerald Headingley.

    Last season’s fixture was played at the University’s home ground, which the White Rose county won thanks to standout performances from Matthew Waite, Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Jonny Tattersall, and the initial plan was to do the same again.

    However, it has since been decided to play the fixture at Headingley instead.

  • Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid are both to be honoured by their birth city Bradford following their World Cup heroics last June and July.

    The Yorkshire and England pair will be admitted to “The Roll of Honorary Freeman of Bradford” next week, one of the top honours the city can offer its citizens.

    The awards have to be approved by Councillors before a civic ceremony is arranged for the players to officially accept the honour.

    Bairstow scored two centuries in England’s World Cup triumph, sealed with that unforgettable Super Over victory in the final against New Zealand at Lord’s.

    Rashid’s standout performance was three crucial wickets to put the skids under Australia in the semi-final at Edgbaston.

  • Former Yorkshire second-team wicketkeeper batsman Josh Inglis is enjoying a productive ongoing Big Bash League with Perth Scorchers.

    Inglis came through the White Rose ranks having been born in Leeds, playing three games for the seconds in 2013 before his family opted for the sunnier climate of Western Australia.

    He played alongside the likes of Jack Leaning, Andrew Hodd, Azeem Rafiq, James Wainman, Ben Coad, Ryan Gibson, Adil Rashid, Steve Patterson and Jack Brooks at Yorkshire and has gone on to impress in the WA system.

    Aged 24, Inglis has scored 174 runs from seven matches so far in this season’s Big Bash, opening the batting with, whisper it quietly, Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone.

    In fact, of the three century opening stands in the competition by any team, they have recorded two of them.

    Inglis is an aggressive, inventive batsman. He has scored two fifties and, worryingly, has pretty much lost his Yorkshire accent!

    The Scorchers have won three of seven matches at the halfway stage in the group phase and sit outside the top four qualifying places.

  • Middlesex’s succession plan following Dawid Malan’s departure to Yorkshire has been completed, with Eoin Morgan appointed their new Vitality Blast captain.

    Malan has been captain of the Lord’s based county across all three formats before opting to move to Emerald Headingley on a four-year contract.

    Australian Peter Handscomb, the former Yorkshire batsman, had already been signed as their overseas skipper for the next two seasons for County Championship and one-day cricket.

    Now, England white ball captain Morgan has accepted the role for 20-over cricket and will hope to build on last season’s quarter-final finish when they were beaten by Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

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