David Willey, in the midst of a red-hot streak of form, followed up his show-stopping bravado from Friday night by smashing his merry way into the record books by posting the highest ever innings by a Yorkshire player in the history of Twenty20 cricket contests. In addition to Willey's rampage of sixes and fours which had Worcestershire at sixes and sevens, every Viking batsman, bar Marsh, managed at least one boundary. Even Handscomb and the recalled Lees hit their combined thirty runs very quickly, thereby adding to the onslaught.
"Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Wet weather cuts the Sunday game down to 16 overs and a 4o'clock start. Somerset will field first. Anderson is playing
A Brilliant Contribution From Willey
All-rounder David Willey produced a fine performance with bat and ball which spearheaded the Vikings' successful conquest of the Birmingham Bears. Willey's sparkling innings of seventy, ruined by a dubious run out, was a reminder of his value in Twenty20 cricket. If only he could acquit himself so convincingly in the longer version. Nevertheless, while David searches for four-day form, he remains an asset to his adopted county in the Twenty20 Blast. Jack Leaning also weighed in with an excellent unbeaten cameo at the tail end of Yorkshire's innings. Then, with Birmingham tasked with the pursuit of 180, the Viking bowlers all made good contributions, with Brezza and Rafiq sharing six wickets between them. Now, can the Tykes actually string at least two Twenty20 wins together?!
To run or not to have a runner
JW gives us a detailed report on the match at the Oal. along with snippets gleamed from Sky. Running and runs out dominate the story but in the end we did not get enough runs. Nothing new there. Thanks JW for braving to report on this trip down south.
Big Mac served with scoop of Pickle
Barmy Kev reports on a shaky Middlesex win and the surrounding atmosphere that was primarily not facing the cricket.
A Draw In Manchester
It wasn't quite a rainy night in Georgia, but instead a rainy night in Manchester, as the two old adversaries had to settle for a share of the Twenty20 spoils. It was a pity that the precipitation succeeded in sabotaging the proceedings, because a close finish was more than likely on the cards. The Vikings only needed one big innings or one big partnership to take them close to the chequered flag, but equally a flurry of a few wickets would surely have tilted the match in the home team's favour. Regrettably, this was the second successive match of the week when Yorkshire had to settle for one point (after a deluge in Northampton), but given the team's erratic performances, maybe two points from two matches is a par score.
Dhawan Replaces Injured Vijay in Squad for Lanka Tour
Shikhar Dhawan was picked to replace Murali Vijay who apparently is still not fully recovered from a wrist injury for India's tour of Sri Lanka.
Hose Extinguishes our 20/20 Hopes
In front of what seemed like a virtual capacity crowd at Uxbridge Barmy Kev reports on a day from start to finish that was not working in our favour.
Battle of the Fab Fours
Seaxe Man gives us a succint report on a painful evening at Southampton with a chance encounter and a bit of a look ahead. Not much more to say really!
Last Women's cricket - S.Africa v Oz and Glammy later
The last women's international before we get our home back from the ICC 'you can't come in without a ticket/credentials' crew. Not a lot to play for in terms of qualifying (and not facing Australia in the next round). The Saffers have never beaten the Aussie women though so there's that. Later we rock up to the 'Big Empty' that is the SWALEC for a Blast match without Corey Anderson (not playing at Uxbridge either) but where Tom Banton may make his first appearance.