The first two days of the Worcestershire game have been full of fun and discussion. Farmer has produced a full description of the first day so I will put take it and split the game in two for our mobile users under his report. Thank you Farmer
A Roses Setback
This match was cut short by inclement weather. With only fourteen overs at each others' disposal, the team batting second really should have been chasing down a relatively small total. However, the Lightning top order proceeded to amass the kind of target which would have been more than competitive in a twenty overs' contest. After the bludgeoning from the home team, the Vikings did their best to match the slogging heroics. In fact, Adam Lyth and Joe Root didn't deserve to be on the losing team. However, the Tykes left themselves just a little too much to do. Kane Williamson needed a four off the final ball, but no such boundary was forthcoming. Consequently the red rose finally managed to record a one-day win against the neighbours, thereby maintaining their fine start to this year's competition.
My Glass is Fuller
Beefy reports on the twists and turns of a day that could have been worse for us.
Testing Times Ahead For Team India
India are the current World No. 1 ranked Test Team, while England rank 5th. But as the recent Tests in Sri Lanka show, it is difficult to overstate home advantage. Sri Lanka the World No. 6 ranked team has decimated South Africa who are ranked 2nd. Can India avoid a similar fate?
Middlesex see they must be Fuller but run on Empty
Seaxe Man spares us ball by ball commentary but summarises the main points of a disappointing day and an unlikely hero for us.
Middlesex not Abell to Hold on
London Leprechaun reports on another disappointing perforamnce after a decent start. Not much more to say really.
Another Away Day Success
Some bloke won the men's singles at Wimbledon and some team won the football World Cup, but for us Tykes the sporting highlight was this hard-fought triumph. Peculiarly, in a high-scoring match, nobody got beyond forty runs in their innings. Even our nemesis Ross Whiteley could 'only' make do with 37 runs. To their credit, all five Yorkshire bowlers did reasonably well. None were hit out of the ground. In the end however what separated both protagonists was that while the Vikings hit fifteen runs off their final over, the Rapids could only amass fourteen runs from the final two. The visitors continue to make progress, but seem just as liable to choke later in the competition as they have done in many other limited overs tournaments in recent years.
Friday The Thirteenth Triumph!
Hot and cold Yorkshire, the Jekyll and Hyde of English limited overs cricket, proceeded to set another slightly underwhelming target, only made possible by a fifty-run stand between young Tattersall and the less young Bresnan. It seemed during the first half of the run chase that the hosts would breeze to a comfortable triumph, but a steady trickle of wickets in the latter half of their innings left Durham requiring fifteen runs off the last over, bowled by big Tim. In the event, Durham succeeded in losing a match that they looked likely to win, while Yorkshire recorded a rare double over their northern neighbour. Can the Vikings now string a few wins together? That's the challenge.
Rahul Dravid Inducted Into "Old Boys Club Hall of Fame"
Back in 2014 I had written the following: "The ICC Hall of Fame seems to be nothing more than an old boys (and a few gals too, for good measure) club that seems quite out of touch with the World Game today. How else does one explain the predominance of Australia, England and West Indies in the Hall, with only three Indians and no Sri Lankans?" And each year the new inductees don't seem to be any different. Nothing seems to have changed almost half a decade later
Bears Maul The Vikings
The Yorkshire puddings were comprehensively outplayed by their hosts who cruised to victory with no fewer than 25 balls to spare. Apart from failing to set an adequate target, the visitors' cause was totally undone when the seam duo of Jack Brooks and Matthew Fisher conceded ninety-one runs off a mere 6.5 overs. The Tykes would need to have posted a total in excess of 250 to nullify those awful bowling statistics. Ah well, it remains very much a case of one step forward and one step back avec the Yorkshire puddings in twenty overs cricket. C'est la vie.