Sunday, 22 May 2011
7 wicket win for Carnegie over Pears at New Road
Yorkshire Carnegie won their second match of the CB40 summer thanks to 4 wickets from Steve Patterson, 56 from Andrew Gale and 49 from Adam Lyth. The Tykes got home by 7 wickets in a match they dominated from the outset.
In the absence of Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance opened the Yorkshire chase of 156 to win with Andrew Gale. Playing aggressive, yet very sensible cricket, the pair added the first fifty by the 9th over. Ballance then tried to hit Choudhry over the top and was stumped by Scott for 27 - the talented youngster probably chancing his arm at the wrong time. Gale has been extolling the virtues of batting through the majority of overs for some time.
Adam Lyth played sensibly when he joined Gale, ensuring that the wicket of Ballance didn't lead to more and lead to trouble. It was a mature innings from the left-hander who has been struggling of late and hopefully marks the start of his resurgence. At 86-1 Andrew Gale hit Choudhry for a four that landed just short of the long-on boundary and with 19 overs remaining the Tykes required 64 runs to win at a meagre 3.36 an over. Yorkshire supporters were thinking 'nothing silly boys.'
Lyth unfurled a couple of trademark shots through cover as his confiidence grew and the hundred was up at the end of the 22nd over.
Andrew Gale pulled Shantry for two to bring up his fifty in 75 balls containing 4 fours and Yorkshire were coasting to their second win in the competition. Shortly afterwards he was caught pulling Moeen Ali by Shantry at short middwicket for 56 and Yorkshire were 132-2, just 24 runs short of victory. Root prodded to Solanki at silly mid-off, but was dropped on 2 and in the next over hit cleanly to the legside fence for four. A sweep for three and Yorkshire were withing touching distance.
Adam Lyth went within four of fifty and victory when he tickled Shantry to fine leg, but it was a measure of his newfound composure that he pushed for one rather than trying to smash to a conclusion. But he hooked for two to backward square in the next over and didn't make his ground as was run out for 49 off 66 balls with 1 six and 4 fours. Three leg-byes then saw Yorkshire home with two leg-byes with 21 balls to spare.
Steve Patterson too 4-24 and Oliver Hannon-Dalby 2-22 as Yorkshire contained the Royals to 155 at New Road. It was a thoroughly professional performance by Carnegie despite some poor fielding at times.
Simon Guy, playing his last game for Yorkshire (again), was on fire behind the stumps as Worcestershire plummeted to 26-3 in the 8th over. The 32-year-old who was hastily drafted in when an injury to Gerard Brophy and a Jonny Bairstow England call-up ruled Yorkshire's contracted keepers out this week took a smart catch to dismiss Moeen Ali and then stumped Neil Pinner when a leg-side delivery brushed the pad and bails were off in a flash. Both deliveries were from Steve Patterson.
Oliver Hannon-Dalby had started the slide when he had Vikram Solanki bowled off an inside edge for 4. Hannon-Dalby took his second wicket in his 5th over when Alexei Kervezee produced the faintest of inside edges and Guy snaffled another victim - Worcestershire Royal were 30-4.
Aneesh Kapil, a 17-year-old straight from exams, then joined James Cameron to revive the Royals innings. Kapil looked a wristy talent, leaning back to smash Adil Rashid's first ball to long-on for four and a couple of overs later a stylish later cut brought him three. The pair added fifty in 13 overs as Worcestershire tried to build something worthy of chasing later. Kapil would return later to bowl five quick overs and has real talent.
OHD put a simple chance off Root down at short third man and the return resulted in an otherthrow. Cameron then lashed Rashid back over his head for six, but then Rashid struck back just as the Tykes needed a wicket most and had Kapil lbw for 44.
Gareth Andrew was a victim of the power-play when he was pouched expertly at long-on to give Steve Patterson his fiftieth List A wicket. James Cameron went to fifty off 84 balls including 2 fours and 1 six. He was then dropped by Gary Ballance at deep mid-wicket off Rashid. Ballance made ammends by taking a clean catch at mid-off an over later to give Steve Patterson his 4th wicket and see Cameron out for 51. Worcestershire were 137-7 with 4.2 overs left. It became 138-8 when Scott pulled straight to Wainwright and 150-9 when Whelan was bowled by Lee Hodgson.
Winning ways return to the Yorkshire camp, but no CB40 now for a while as the one-day attention turns to t20. But winning ways breed more success and the confidence gained today can only be a positive ahead of two crucial LV=CC matches away to Somerset and Sussex.
JAMES BUTTLER at NEW ROAD
Andrew Gale's side need to pick themselves up from Roses defeat fast if they are to retain the slim hope of qualifying for the CB40 Semi-Finals.
Three defeats in their opening four matches leave Carnegie at the bottom of Group A. Only wins will do from here and even that may not be enough as only the team topping the table is guaranteed a Semi-Final berth. The visit to New Road, Worcester links the Roses Championship match with a two match 4-day tour of the south coast taking in Taunton and Hove.
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Good news that Gerard Brophy's thumb is improving, although he is unlikely to keep today, and Anthony McGrath has rejoined the squad after coming through the 2nd Team game against Warwickshire with a clean bill of health. It is likely that Mags will not feature against the Royals, but will return to 1st Team action against Somerset in the Championship match which starts on Tuesday.
Joe Sayers injured his foot in the Roses Match but an x-ray showed no broken bones just painful bruising. His situation will be reviewed over the next few days. Ryan Sidebottom has been rested today.
WORCESTERSHIRE ROYALS XI
Solanki, Ali (c), Kervezee, Pinner, Cameron, Kapil, Andrew, Scott, Choudhry, Shantry, Whelan
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Unicorns v Yorkshire Vikings - YB40 (Chesterfield) Unicorns won the toss and elected to bat
189/9 (40 overs) Pyrah 8-0-34-3, Rashid 8-0-27-2, Patterson 8-0-35-2, Sidebottom 8-0-37-1, Plunkett 8-0-45-0.
Vikings 190-5 (38.5 overs) Lyth 58* Ballance 44 Vikings win by 5 wickets.
Vikings win by 5 wickets