Falcons Foil The Vikings
By Gary Watton
July 8 2017
Annoyingly, this was the one that got away. In fact, many Vikings followers as well as players were probably left scratching their heads at how the team did almost everything but win against the dastardly Falcons. Maybe the visitors were guilty of not taking their opponents as seriously as the Nottinghamshire Outlaws from the evening before. In the event the home team recovered from a poor start to post a decent total, aided by nineteen runs off the penultimate over, bowled by Willey. While Patterson and Bresnan bowled exceptionally well, the same could not be said of the usually reliable pair of Rafiq and Rashid. Nonetheless, Yorkshire's chances of a successful run chase were probably at least fifty-five per cent.
Unfortunately for the Tykes, their innings staggered along and fell narrowly short of the required total. The fact that the innings opened with a maiden over was simply suicidal. Even come the penultimate over, where the away team had been spanked for nineteen runs, they themselves could only muster an inadequate five runs. It left the captain Tim Bresnan almost needing snookers in the last over, but even then he almost pulled a rabbit out of the hat, only to be dismissed off the last ball with four runs needed.
It remains to be seen whether this hard luck story will come back to haunt the Vikings. For them, Twenty20 cricket remains frustratingly a case of one step forward and one step back.
Derbyshire Falcons versus YORKSHIRE VIKINGS; in Chesterfield; Twenty20; Saturday July the eighth. Derbyshire won the toss.
Derbyshire Falcons: 165 for eight (off twenty overs)
Slater b Patterson 14 (27-2)
Godleman c Rafiq b Willey 5 (9-1)
Reece c Waite b Rafiq 9 (31-3)
Madsen c Kohler-Cadmore b Patterson 42 (111-6)
Wilson c Rashid b Rafiq 10 (48-4)
Henry c Bresnan b Waite 28 (105-5)
Hughes c Willey b Rashid 9 (120-7)
Smit not out 30
Critchley c Rafiq b Bresnan 13 (163-8)
Viljoen not out 0
YORKSHIRE VIKINGS: 162 for seven (off twenty overs)
Kohler-Cadmore b Madsen 0 (0-1)
Lyth c Madsen b Viljoen 65 (148-6)
Willey c Wilson b Tahir 42 (55-2)
Marsh c Henry b Viljoen 2 (57-3)
Handscomb st Smit b Tahir 15 (120-4)
Leaning lbw b Tahir 4 (124-5)
Bresnan c Reece b Henry 24 (162-7)
Waite not out 1
Derbyshire Falcons win by three runs.pqs: qs:
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