A Birmingham Setback
By Gary Watton
May 14 2017
Peculiarly, Yorkshire have qualified for at least the quarter finals of the Royal London One Day Cup, in spite of losing to a Warwickshire team that cruised to triumph, courtesy of a well-timed runs chase. The hosts were greatly helped by an opening stand of more than one hundred runs which appeared to take the contest away from the Tykes. However an outstanding spell of bowling by Azeem Rafiq threatened to pull a rabbit out of the hat. The visitors needed to keep chipping away at the Bears' batting line up, but another excellent stand from Bell and Clarke closed the door firmly on an away win.
This encounter follows a pattern of the team winning the toss tending to lose the Yorkshire Royal London skirmishes! Although the home win was richly deserved, Bresnan, Rafiq, Root, and Waite didn't deserve to be on the losing team. The other seven need to apologise to them - or at least buy them a drink or two. Criticism has been justifiably voiced about the puny contributions of Lyth and Willey. One decent knock aside, Lythy has had too many brief walk on parts. Willey meanwhile is acting out the role of a cricketer. It's not a very convincing act either.
There is one RL commitment remaining in the group stages. The white rose will be hoping that mediocre Derbyshire can defy the odds and enable Yorkshire to unseat dastardly Worcestershire from the top position which guarantees passage straight through to the semi finals.
Warwickshire versus YORKSHIRE; in Birmingham; Royal London One-Day Cup; Sunday the fourteenth of May. YORKSHIRE won the toss.
YORKSHIRE: 281 for eight (off fifty overs)
Lyth c Ambrose b Barker 0 (0-1)
Bairstow c Thornton b Clarke 8 (16-2)
Root c Ambrose b Clarke 83 (149-5)
Handscomb c Ambrose b Barker 15 (50-3)
Ballance c Patel b Thornton 22 (114-4)
Bresnan c Trott b Patel 65 (265-6)
Waite c Adair b Thornton 71 (273-8)
Willey c Patel b Thornton 1 (273-7)
Plunkett not out 3
Rashid not out 4
Warwickshire: 284 for five (off 47.3 overs)
Trott c Bairstow b Waite 70 (124-1)
Hain b Rafiq 55 (137-2)
Bell c Handscomb b Waite 98 (278-5)
Ambrose b Rafiq 0 (137-3)
Javid c Bresnan b Rafiq 5 (167-4)
Clarke not out 44
Warwickshire won by five wickets. Warwickshire two points, YORKSHIRE nul points.
BATSMEN 'CHART' (minimum requirement: one hundred runs):
Ballance: average - 75.2; 376 runs; highest score - 152*
Handscomb: average - 71.83; 431 runs; highest score - 140
Root: average - 60.25; 241 runs; highest score - 83
Bairstow: average - 53.6; 268 runs; highest score - 174
Waite: average - 49.67; 149 runs; highest score - 71
Lyth: average - 25.29; 177 runs; highest score - 59
BOWLERS' 'CHART'(minimum requirement: ten wickets):
Rafiq: average - 23.92; thirteen wickets; best bowling - four for forty-sevenpqs: qs:
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