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Classic Encounters: Bevan's Roses special

— 18 May 2020

Game: Yorkshire v Lancashire, NatWest Trophy Quarter-Final

Date: Tuesday August 1, 1995

Venue: Headingley

Stage of the season: Mid-summer, second trophy to be decided. Lancashire had already claimed the Benson and Hedges Cup crown just a couple of weeks previous, beating Kent in the final.

Teams:

Yorkshire: SA Kellett, MP Vaughan, D Byas c, MG Bevan, C White, AA Metcalfe, RJ Blakey w, AP Grayson, D Gough, PJ Hartley, MA Robinson

Lancashire: MA Atherton, JER Gallian, JP Crawley, NH Fairbrother, GD Lloyd, M Watkinson c, Wasim Akram, WK Hegg, ID Austin, G Yates, G Chapple

Scorecard

Toss: Lancashire won and elected to bat

Summary:

Yorkshire secured a place in the semi-finals courtesy of a nail-biting two-wicket victory over their arch-rivals in front of a packed Headingley, who were soaking up the summer sunshine. Lancashire struggled against some tight bowling and excellent fielding as the six-man White Rose attack squeezed the life out of them. Mark Robinson led the way with 3-21 from 10.3 overs as the Red Rose were bowled out for 169 in 53.3 of their allotted 60 overs. England all-rounder Craig White struck twice, while Peter Hartley, who later hit the winning runs, Paul Grayson and Michael Bevan also claimed a wicket apiece. Captain Mike Watkinson’s middle order 55 at least gave the visitors something to bowl at. In reply, Yorkshire inched their way to victory against an attack led by star swing bowler Wasim Akram. They took advantage of a fast outfield, parched by the weather, and a a trio of significant contributions from skipper David Byas (31), Bevan (60 not out) and Ashley Metcalfe (33) kept them ahead to the delight of the home crowd.

  • Stand-out performance: Australian overseas batsman Michael Bevan returned a superb all-round display to set up a home semi-final tie with Northamptonshire. Bowling left-arm medium pace, he claimed the wicket of Wasim Akram with a back of the hand slower ball, affected the run out of Gary Yates from cover and then anchored the chase with a typically measured unbeaten 60, living up to his reputation as an expert finisher. Yorkshire’s task got down to 15 off 15 balls with two wickets in hand before he hit two boundaries in three balls off Glen Chapple to calm the nerves. Yorkshire needed three off the last over from Chapple, with Hartley hitting the winning runs with three balls to spare, sparking a joyous pitch invasion.

    Result: Yorkshire won by two wickets

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