Derbyshire CCC v Yorkshire CCC May 30th

Royal London Cup 2018

Derbyshire CCC v Yorkshire CCC May 30th 2018 at Derby 

YORKSHIRE Vikings moved to second place in the Northern group with a two wicket victory over the Derbyshire Falcons at Derby with a ball to spare in a match reduced to 24 overs.

Seeing the Vikings to victory was Matthew Fisher who hit an unbeaten 24 when the Vikings needed 24 to win when he came into bat.  In the final over the Vikings needed six off three balls and Fisher smashed Hardus Viljoen for a straight four and then the next ball to the mid wicket boundary for another four and the victory.

Fisher saw the Vikings home but it was Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Gary Ballance who laid the foundations for the victory  with a stand of 61 in nine overs.  Defending 189 the Falcons sprang a surprise by opening their bowling with  spinner Wayne Madsen  who bowled a maiden and he dropped a return catcher from Kohler-Cadmore. That was first of his two lives.   In the next over Kohler-Cadmore hit the last two balls of Duanne Olivier first over for consecutive sixes, not to out done Adam Lyth hit the first two balls of Madsen’s second over for consecutive huge sixes.

Lyth got too far under Ravi Rampaul and found Ben Slater at mid on.  Two balls later David Willey was surprised by a short ball from Olivier  which wasn’t as quick as he thought and he top edged it to Gary Wilson at mid wicket.

After smashing Matt Critchley’s first ball to the square leg boundary Chet Pujara pushed forward at the next ball and was leg before.

After dropping Kohler-Cadmore in the first over the Falcons then dropped Ballance when he was on 11.  He sliced a drive off  Matt Critchley to the substitute fielder Calum Brodwick on the deep cover boundary.

Kohler-Cadmore reached his fourth fifty in five innings from 41 balls with fierce straight slog off Critchley to the boundary. His fifty came from 41 balls and included three sixes and three fours.  His fourth six came when he smashed Critchley over long on and on to the marquis.

With the Vikings looking comfortable for the victory Ballance tried to ramp Olivier and was bowled round his legs. They should have lost their second wicket of the over when Olivier  got one to rise at Tim Bresnan and the ball fell between the bowler and Alex Hughes at mid on.  The Falcons got Bresnan when he edged Rampaul to stumper Smit.

Jonny Tattersall tried to turn Rampaul off his legs and was leg before. After smearing Rampaul through extra cover to the boundary he edged the next ball to Smit.

With 24 needed from two overs Kohler-Cadmore smashed the first ball of the 23rd over to Wilson on the deep mid wicket boundary to give Rampaul his best figures in List A cricket.

Playing his first match after flying back from the Indian Premier League David Willey took four wickets for 47 in his four overs, his best figures in List A cricket for the Vikings.  Not bad considering he conceded four fours in his first over when he bowled too short. After that over he was taken out of the Vikings attack and brought back for the last three overs from the City end.

His first victim was Wilson when he jumped across his stumps  and was bowled round his legs in Willey’ s first over back inthe attack.  Critchley tried to work the next ball off his legs and was caught down the legside by Tattersall. The hat trick was a short ball which Hughes wafted at but didn’t make contact.

Willey did get Hughes when he backed away and chipped Willey to Plunkett  at deep mid wicket.  Willey got his fourth wicket when Daryn Smit top edged a pull off Willey and the ball looped to Kohler-Cadmore at mid off.

Willey said: “We didn’t play to our full potential.  I thought Fisher’s knock was a great one. We were 10% below our par and that made it  a closer game than it should have been. My first over was too short and I got hit over square.  I was pretty disappointed in my performance.”

The Falcons  made a brisk start after being asked to bat  with openers Billy Godleman and Slater putting on 68 four the first wicket in nine overs.  The Falcons looked on course to get 220 which would have an imposing total on this pitch.

Slater hit an unbeaten century, his fourth in list a A cricket, his first against Yorkshire and his first in the RL one-day cup this season.

On 24 got a leading edge to Fisher and the looped in the air but fell inches short of the advancing Steven Patterson. Slater ended the over by pulling Fisher over fine leg for a six.

The Falcons lost their first wicket when Godleman slogged swept Adil Rashid  to longest boundary on the ground and found Bresnan running in from the mid wicket boundary who took who judged the catch well as the ball swirled around.

On eight Madsen drove Rashid to Lyth at long off but as he fell he dropped it he then reversed swept the last ball of the over for a six.

Madsen hooked Bresnan straight down Pujara’s throat on the fine leg boundary, as he walked off he gave a quizzical look at umpire Tim Robinson as he thought the ball was above waiste height.

Slater was joined by Luis Reece and 200 plus again looked until they decided to run pulled up after a quick two off Patterson.  He went over on his ankle as he ran through the bowlers footmarks at the City end.  They had 46 for the third wicket at thge end of the 18th over and retired hurt with a suspected broken ankle.

Falcons skipper Godleman said: “When we got the eighth wicket I thought that we were favourite to win.  I’ve told the lads that this is a tough group  and if we keep putting performances like that we will win more than we lose.  Slater’s knock was a brilliant one and at one stage we were looking at 200 plus.”