Monday, 21 June 2010
Thumping 9- wicket win for Carnegie over Foxes
Yorkshire Carnegie secured a thumping nine wicket win over Leicestershire at Grace Road as they continue their quest for consistency in the Friends Provident Twenty20.
On this showing – the Tykes chased down their target of 149 with 17 balls to spare – they are up there with the best teams in the competition.
It is just the four defeats from seven North Division matches that have left the likes of Andrew Gale and Martyn Moxon scratching their heads for reasons why they can’t string two results together.
But here, it was brilliant from ball one, the only downer on the day being when Steve Patterson was ordered out of the bowling attack for bowling two ‘dangerous’ full tosses in his last over.
The Hull-born pace bowler automatically receives three penalty points on his record, and will be banned for two matches if he accumulates another six over the next two years.
After Matthew Hoggard won the toss and elected to bat first, Rich Pyrah and Tino Best both claimed two wickets apiece to restrict the hosts to 148-8.
Pyrah, whose figures of 2-19 were the pick, had opener Jacques du Toit caught at mid-on by Rudolph in the sixth over and bowled Will Jefferson in his next. And Best had James Taylor caught at long on by Rudolph and bowled Claude Henderson in the last over of the innings.
Taylor recorded a career best 60 off 42 balls, while Australian opener Brad Hodge added 43 off 40 for Leicestershire.
There was also encouraging news for Tim Bresnan, who got in his car earlier this evening to drive down to Southampton to link up with the England one-day squad reporting no ill effects after three weeks out with a stress reaction in his left foot.
Bresnan claimed the wicket of Wayne White, who trod on his stumps as he tried to evade a wide bouncer down the leg side late in the Foxes innings, and went for 21 runs in his four overs.
There was also a wicket for Azeem Rafiq, while Herschelle Gibbs and Patterson both had a hand in run outs.
Man of the match Gale and Rudolph then both hit half centuries as they put on a match clinching first wicket stand of 103 inside 12 overs with mostly power and finesse harnessed excellently.
Rudolph’s 53 off 37 balls, including four fours and two sixes, was his third 20-over half century for Yorkshire, and his third against Leicester. Gale hit ten fours in 65 not out off 42 balls.
Rudolph gave Leicestershire their only success in the field when he was stumped off a James Benning wide by Paul Nixon, but it allowed Gibbs to come in and share an unbroken second wicket partnership of 47 with Gale.
The South African overseas player finished 29 not out off 24 balls with four fours and a six.
Yorkshire face Worcestershire Royals at Headingley on Tuesday evening.