Sunday, 22 August 2010
Rudolph inspired Carnegie extend lead at CB40 top
Jacques Rudolph plundered his third Clydesdale Bank 40 century of the season as Yorkshire Carnegie racked up 250-6 against Middlesex Panthers in front of a sun-baked crowd of 6,500 at Scarborough today.
Middlesex then made a great attempt to reach their target but in a tense finish Yorkshire scraped home by five runs, Neil Dexter failing to hit the final ball from Anthony McGrath for six to tie the match.
The in-form Rudolph opened the batting after Yorkshire had won the toss and he remained unbeaten on 124 from 108 deliveries with 13 boundaries. Rudolph, the country’s leading scorer in the competition this season, batted superbly and had just one slice of luck, being dropped behind the wicket when he had made only ten.
Yorkshire went into the match with a four-point lead at the top of the B Group table and they were given a flying start by Rudolph and skipper Andrew Gale who put on 50 together in eight overs.
Gale monopolised the early scoring and had struck 36 with seven fours when he pulled Toby Roland-Jones to Tom Scollay on the square leg boundary. The same bowler soon got rid of Andrew Lyth to make it 59-2 but his departure brought in Anthony McGrath for the highest stand of the innings, the third wicket pair dashing up 138 in 23 overs before McGrath also fell to a boundary catch for 68 from 75 balls with 6 fours.
Yorkshire lost some momentum as three wickets fell for 18 runs in four overs during the final powerplay but nothing could stop Rudolph who completed his century off 98 balls with nine boundaries and then dashed up further useful runs in the closing overs.
There was a positive response from Middlesex openers Scott Newman and John Simpson who smacked 47 in nine overs before Adil Rashid joined the attack and pinned Simpson lbw with his first delivery.
McGrath also went on to claim a first ball wicket when he yorked Owais Shah and Adil Rashid reduced Middlesex to 135-3 by bowling Dawid Malan while attempting a reverse sweep.
Newman’s brave knock of 77 from 70 deliveries came to a close when Bresnan came back for another stint and had him lbw with a perfect yorker. With Yorkshire now well on top, Middlesex looked to be out of the contest until Dexter and Roland-Jones hit back with an unbeaten ninth wicket stand of 51 in 37 balls.
Dexter completed his half-century from 39 balls with six fours and the last over arrived with Middlesex needing 13 to win but McGrath was recalled to the attack and his pinpoint accuracy restricted the batsmen to ones and twos.
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Yorkshire Carnegie look to extend their 4 point lead at the top of their Clydesdale Bank 40 group when they play Middlesex Panthers at Scarborough on Sunday.
The opening match of the 2010 Scarborough Cricket Festival is a crucial match for Andrew Gale's side as they edge ever closer to a CB40 Semi-Final berth.
With Carnegie on 16 points, Gloucestershire 12 with a game in hand and Essex a further point back with two games in hand there is no room for complacency.
YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE SQUAD
Andrew GALE (capt), Jacques RUDOLPH, Adam LYTH, Anthony McGRATH, Gerard BROPHY (wk), Jonathan BAIRSTOW, Tim BRESNAN, Adil RASHID, David WAINWRIGHT, Richard PYRAH, Steve PATTERSON and Ben SANDERSON.
MIDDLESEX PANTHERS SQUAD
Newman, Simpson (wk), Shah, Malan, Dexter, Berg, Udal, Smith, Roland-Jones, Murtagh, Williams.
Day 2, 2nd Investec Test close
England v New Zealand
England 1st Innings
337 for 7 (94 overs)
Root 104 (Maiden Test century) Bairstow 64