Saturday, 28 July 2012
2NDS: Captain Fantastic Sayers in allround triumph
Joe Sayers, above, was Captain Fantastic – he led Yorkshire to their first Second Eleven win in any match this season with a superb 55, followed by 5-27 in seven overs and a run-out to complete the set in their Trophy clash at Northampton.
Yorkshire won the toss (again) and chose to bat (again) and this time the batsmen produced a workable total that, ultimately, proved far too many for Northamptonshire.
A breezy start by Alex Lees, with 24 from 20 balls including four boundaries, set the tone, but the backbone of the innings was a third-wicket stand of 126 by wicket-keeper Gerard Brophy, with 69 from 65 deliveries including 10 boundaries, and skipper Sayers with three fours in his 55 off 85 balls.
A wobble saw Yorkshire drift from 167-2 to 179-7, but left-arm spinner Gurman Randhawa hit 22 at a run a ball, well supported by another useful knock from Ed Wilson with 16: they added 39 in less than six overs for the eighth wicket - and turned a moderate score into one which set a target of nearly a run a ball.
Iit was up to the bowlers, and Ian Wardlaw - restored to the side after missing the Championship game against the same opponents - opened the attack. He went round the park, his first two overs costing 24. Oliver Hannon-Dalby at the other end was parsimony personified in comparison and managed to apply the brakes.
A swift change saw Alex Lilley, also restored to the side, dismiss both openers in his first two overs . Not to be outdone, Sayers took the ball and replicated this. Suddenly Northamptonshire had toppled from 31-0 to 74-4 and the game had changed. Joe produced a wicket in five of his seven overs, and apart from bamboozling the batsmen he helped to run out debutant Vicram Sohal.
By the 28th over nine wickets had gone…but the last pair hung around for another six until debutant Ryan Gibson induced Luke Evans to have a swing and Randhawa took the catch that sealed victory.
Do not forget that on match days the Second Eleven scores are available via Total Cricket Live Scores. Here's how to keep up with scorer and Yorkshire County Cricket Club website correspondent HOWARD CLAYTON:
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