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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.
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.
A Predictably Promising Start?
Yorkshire Vikings' latest quest for elusive one-day silverware, alternatively known as a wild goose chase, typically got off to a flier. The Tykes have developed this tendency to peak in the group stages and not sustain their early brilliance into the knockout stages in recent years of most one-day campaigns. It's a depressingly recurring theme. Nevertheless, let's celebrate this victory and take it on its own merits. The hosts cooked up a very tasty total, courtesy of excellent knocks from Lythy and young Tattersall. Durham never really got close to the target, despite the worthy efforts of Ben Stokes. Jack Brooks was the unlikely hero, with ball in hand.
A Comprehensive Defeat In Scarborough
Captain Rory Burns led from the front and massively contributed to his team's comfortable success, with two impressive knocks. How Yorkshire could do with a half-decent opening batsman. The top order sets the tone for the innings, and ours are failing every time to get the team off to a flier. It's all very well keeping faith with the success stories of 2014, but this is 2018, and the magic trick is knowing when your trusty lieutenants are no longer likely to deliver. Lythy is far more comfortable in limited overs cricket and Lees doesn't know where his next run is coming from. Pujara is equally inept, while Leaning makes a lot of starts but seldom converts them into substantial scores. The Tykes, who were also second best at Hampshire last week, now find themselves one place off the bottom of the division. They may have to pull a few rabbits out of the hat in order to preserve their top flight status. A lot more runs from the misfiring top order would at least be a start.
Yorkshire's middle order comfortably batted out the final day, thereby ensuring that this County Championship contest petered out to a draw. The Tykes never really came close to exacting revenge against their nemesis of Hampshire on what was a batsman-friendly wicket. As well as achieving an honourable draw, the visitors at least got some much-needed runs under their belt. They do however remain marooned in mid table and are closer to relegation than to challenging for the top position. How the rest of their four-day campaign will play out is anyone's guess.
For what seems like the umpteenth time in the last 25 years, Yorkshire have succeeded in falling foul of the one-day semi final hurdle. The Tykes consistently fail to bring their A Game for such occasions, and their trip to the south coast was no exception. As much as I welcome the appointment of big Steven Patterson as the new county captain, his decision to bowl first was baffling. With young Carver taking much punishment and James Vince cultivating a massive ton, the hosts were allowed to exert much scoreboard pressure, courtesy of a huge score.
A Remarkable Triumph
Yorkshire's outstanding away day limited overs form continued, as they safely negotiated the difficult Essex hurdle. They must now hope that their sterling efforts on the road will be repeated with their semi final trip to Southampton's Rose Bowl next Monday. Essex actually made a hash of this contest when they reduced the visitors to 45 for four but failed to nail down their advantage. Fortunately the Tykes' middle order got their team out of a deep dungeon. First the pairing of Ballance and Leaning led the counter attack and then the unlikely duo of Bresnan and Fisher ensured that a competitive target would be set. Whilst the much-vaunted Nottinghamshire failed abysmally to defend their 250 against Kent, the Tykes had little problem in chipping away at the Essex batting line up for the third time this season.
A Headingley Limited Overs Triumph!
It's hard to decide whether Yorkshire made hard work of their pursuit or whether they timed their run chase to perfection. Either way, the Tykes deservedly advance to the all-familiar territory of quarter finals. Whilst their track record in knockout matches leaves an awful lot to be desired, the team has so much firepower in their batting ranks that someone is always guaranteed to make heaps of runs. Today it was the in-form David Willey who led the way impressively with both bat and ball in a first-class all-rounder performance. Gary Ballance chipped in with a typically mature knock whilst young Tattersall justified his inclusion ahead of Bresnan in the batting order with a crucial half century. The result was in the balance until the 48th over when a six from Brezza took his team up to the chequered flag. Can Yorkshire finally do themselves some justice in a one-day tournament?
Another Brilliant Century From Lyth
As happened last year, Adam Lyth appears to be saving his best form for one-day cricket. He and David Willey tore into the Lancashire bowling and tore up the record books, as Yorkshire piled on the runs and the agony en route to another routine, limited overs triumph against the neighbours. Furthermore the visitors extended their hot form away from home and have placed themselves within touching distance of a knockout place in the One-Day Cup. However, the hosts did mount a tremendous run chase which saw them handily positioned at 218 for two just beyond the halfway stage. Then the wheels gradually came off their valiant pursuit, with David Willey reinforcing his outstanding performance with four wickets. 'Only' a home encounter with Northamptonshire stands between the Tykes and further progress in this competition.