Monday, 29 August 2011
Yorkshire end one-day summer on a high
Yorkshire’s one-day season came to a winning close with a 6 wicket win over Worcestershire Royals which sees them end their Group A campaign in 6th place and leaves Worcestershire in bottom place. Yorkshire have won 3 of their last 4 matches in this year’s competition and played some great List A cricket during that period.
Is it a sign of things to come next season or do Yorkshire only produce the goods when the ship has sailed? Why does a side with such undoubted talent not play like this throughout the entire campaign? Things to ponder over the long winter months!
Joe Sayers and Adam Lyth began the quest for the 231 required to win in exciting style. One of the good news stories of recent weeks has been Lyth's return to something resembling top form. Off the back and front through through cover he was hitting the ball as well as ever.
Sayers aimed a cross-batted drive at Harrison and was caught at mid-on to make the score 32-1. I've lost count this summer of the amount of times I've praised Lyth to the rooftops only for him to make around 33 and feign to knock over his own stumps in frustration. That's why he's been left out of the last few Championship sides and he did exactly that again today and the score was 51-2.
Jonny Bairstow's statistics on one-day cricket were not that sparkling until he found his feet about two months ago. That List A career record is now shaping up as impressively as the man himself and the four and six he hit in consecutive Gareth Andrew overs were genuinely high class. He drove Harrison over long-off for six, repeated for four and edged to third man for four more in consecutive balls to take Yorkshire towards three figures.
Bairstow's fifty came in 46 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes and was his third in as many CB40 matches with the one at Lord's converted into a maiden List A century. Root played a good supporting role at the other end. The equation was simple - 112 from 114 balls to end the one-day season with something to smile about.
Bairstow plundered another six over wide mid-wicket - it was enormous and possibly did the rugby shop some damage. Next over he bludgeoned D'Oliveira straight back to the Pavilion. The middle of his bat is made of stern stuff these days.
Root rocked back and pulled Mitchell through mid-wicket and then flicked Kapil to deep fine leg for 2 that brought up the hundred partnership for the 3rd wicket. Bairstow cracked Kapil into the Trueman Stand for a six and a four - FST would have approved - as the required runrate dropped below 5 an over.
Bairstow sliced Kapil to D'Oliveira at backward point for 80 just before Root reached his second List A fifty from 60 balls.
The pair had added 122 for the 3rd wicket. A few overs later Root prodded D'Oliveira to Mitchell at first slip and was gone for 62 which brought debutant Alex Lees to the crease. He straight drove his second ball for four to get underway in 1st Team cricket.
The rain started to fall with 3 overs left and Gary Ballance (25*) decided he wasn't going to get wet as he smashed Shantry into the North East Upper Stand to secure a Yorkshire win by 6 wickets with 11 balls to spare.
Yorkshire had won the toss and elected to field first and Moeen Ali (26 from 23 balls) and Jack Manuel (32 from 36) stroked Ajmal Shahzad and Oliver Hannon-Dalby around strongly before Moin Ashraf had the former caught behind and Steve Patterson saw the latter find Joe Root in the outfield. Their opening partnership had been worth 56 in 8.2 overs and it was 2-down halfway through the 12th over.
James Cameron skied David Wainwright's second ball to Hannon-Dalby at mid-off and was gone for 9. Hannon-Dalby returned with a much improved spell from the Kirkstall Lane End and trapped Alexei Kervezee in front for 21 from 23 deliveries.
Yorkshire had snuck their way back into the match and skipper Joe Sayers had taken 3 wickets immediately after bowling changes - would he be leading the side out at Edgbaston in the Championship or would the rested Richard Pyrah get the nod?
At the halfway stage Worcestershire Royals were 110-4. Aneesh Kapil showed in the New Road leg of the CB40 that he is a young player with exciting talent. He had hit Joe Root into the West Stand on his way to 20 in a partnership of 57 for the 5th wicket with Daryl Mitchell when he became David Wainwright's second victim of an impressive spell.
Mitchell went to fifty in 65 balls and he was joined by Ben Scott to push the Royals score to 230-6 in their 40 overs. Mitchell ended 81 not out from 80 balls with 8 fours.
Alex Lees mades his Yorkshire debut and Brett D'Oliveira plays his first game for Worcestershire - the Grandson of Basil and son of Damien - and becomes the first third generation player to play for Worcerstershire.
JAMES BUTTLER at HEADINGLEY
Joe SAYERS (c), Adam LYTH, Jonny BAIRSTOW (wk), Joe ROOT, Gary BALLANCE, Alex LEES, Oliver HANNON-DALBY, Ajmal SHAHZAD, David WAINWRIGHT, Steve PATTERSON & Moin ASHRAF