Saturday, 24 March 2012
BARBADOS 2012 Yorkshire win Barbados Twenty20 Cup
Yorkshire have beaten the defending Barbados Twenty20 Cup champions Warwickshire in commanding style at Kensington Oval tonight. It makes it three impressive performances in the shortest form of the game and a first trophy as captain for Andrew Gale.
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After the win Andrew Gale said: "It's nice to come away from a pre-season tour with a trophy. We've played against some top county sides there and can take some real positives from the last three games of Twenty20 cricket we've played. We can go back with a smile on our faces, knowing that if we can replicate the gameplans we did here we can be successful in England as well."
It was 2008 when Yorkshire last bagged a trophy when they won the Pro ARCH tournament in Abu Dhabi. 2012 brings a better achievement as they beat three counties and had to excelled under the pressure of a Cup Final.
And the last three days have been special. I've never seen a Yorkshire one-day side string three such authorative, energised, composed, talented and positive performances together. I wrote after Tuesday's win over Warwickshire that they had started wonderfuly, but needed to back that victory up with more of the same.
They did that and improved game-on-game.
Gale added: "We knew after the Derby game that it's easy to play well with that high intensity for one game, but it's about replicating that as many times as we can. We've done it three in a row, especially against Warwickshire who are a strong side. It is really really pleasing!"
Yorkshire won the toss and opted to bat and Joe Sayers continued his fine tour with 54 from 37 balls which included 5 fours and his customary pulled six. With Andrew Gale (41 from 28 balls and 6 fours) the pair found the perfect start. They added 98 for the first wicket before Gale was caught in the deep by Chris Wright of Steffan Piolet in the 11th over.
Sayers fell an over later and when Jonny Bairstow, who notched one boundary before being bowled attempting to hit Piolet out of the ground, went to make the score 110-3 and Gary Ballance was bowled 15 runs later the old Yorkshire would have wobbled.
Enter Anthony McGrath. Critics of the right-hander fail to remember that his 2011 preseason was non-existent due to injury. Today he turned ones into twos and his 38 in 24 balls pushed Yorkshire to 172-4 in 20 overs. Accompanied by Joe Root, whose 21 in 21 balls included the Rootscoop, McGrath ensured the Tykes reached a more than competitive total.
Ajmal Shahzad was the early star with the ball. Disappointed to be omitted from the Semi-Final lineup he bowled with pace and accuracy as his four overs cost only 21 runs and claimed the wicket of Darren Maddy (10). It was Ryan Sidebottom who struck first when he had Varun Chopra (10) bowled playing on.
Falling further behind the runrate it was Adil Rashid, my star of this tour so far, who took two wickets with the score on 49. Jim Trougton (16) was neatly caught and bowled and Rikki Clarke was well held by Root at short cover.
Paul Best (3) was stumped by Bairstow off Rashid, who is growing in confidence and stature by the day, And when Keith Barker (21) fell the same way the fat lady plugged in her microphone. Rashid would miss out on a 5-for when Root failed to hold a sharp chance at short cover, but the legspin wizard had done his job beautifully.
Steffan Piolet (41 from 26) frustrated for a time but Sidebottom had him well caught by Ballance in the legside deep.
Without Chris Woakes to bat after picking up a nasty looking leg injury early on in the Yorkshire innings, the Bears ran out of steam and fell 44 runs short at 128-7.
I know I'm always positive and I know you may take this with a pinch of salt, but this Yorkshire team is going places. Another trophy may not come this year, but it will come soon. This young side is fast in the field, getting quicker to learn and I for one am very excited about just how far it will go.
There will be bad days ahead, but be patient with this lot.
I think the lessons they are learning from the new coaching setup are sinking in and I can't wait to report on their adverntures this English summer.
JAMES BUTTLER in BARBADOS
Andrew GALE (capt), Joe SAYERS, Jonny BAIRSTOW (wk), Anthony McGRATH, Gary BALLANCE, Joe ROOT, Adil RASHID, Ajmal SHAHZAD, Azeem RAFIQ, Ryan SIDEBOTTOM and Iain WARDLAW.
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