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Captain Matt Bateman’s impressive all-round display – four wickets and 40 not out – led Yorkshire’s D40 side to their first win of the National Quest League season at the third attempt, beating Surrey by seven wickets at Higham yesterday.

Having won the toss, Bateman struck four times to bowl Surrey out for 154 inside 39 overs, with Kyle Clayton, Cameron Cooper, Owen Morris and Alex Jervis striking once added to a run out. Only nine visiting wickets fell, all from 37-0.

In reply, Bateman came to the crease at 52-2 in the 14th over and batted through the remainder of the innings, facing 69 balls in all. 

He shared an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 98 in 16 overs with Cameron Sweeney, who overtook his skipper and top-scored with 53 off 41 balls.

England deaf star Sweeney hit five sixes, including one off only his third ball and the last to finish the game in style after 33 overs.

Yorkshire handed a debut to former Pakistan deaf international bowler Adnan Ghani yesterday, who went wicketless but is expected to be a significant asset for the county.

Yorkshire, national champions last season, have now won one, lost one and had the other abandoned in 2024. 

Meanwhile, Yorkshire’s women had both of their opening Championship T20 fixtures abandoned against Cumbria and North East Warriors at Weetwood yesterday. 

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