Royal London Cup April 26th Yorkshire v Derbyshire aat Headingley

Royal London Cup April 26th Yorkshire Vikings v Derbyshire Falcons at Headingley

Neil Whitaker reports

DERBYSHIRE Falcons wanted two off the last ball to claim their first List A victory since 2012 over the Yorkshire Vikings but the could only manage a single bye.

Falcons skipper Billy Godleman hit his third consecutive century becoming the first Derbyshire player in List A cricket to achieve this but was unable to put his bat to the final ball.  

The Falcons needed 225 off 25 overs thanks to afternoon rain which reduced the Vikings innings to 40 overs.  A third wicket partnership of 135 in 13 overs between Godleman and Jacobus Du Plooy put the Falcons in the driving seat but with 23 required from two overs Vikings skipper Steven Patterson restricted the Falcons to just six runs.  Patterson said: “The last over from me went well and we were confident that we were still going to win but Godleman hit a couple of good shots to put us under pressure.  I thought Godleman and Du Plooy played well and got away from us.”

With 17 needed off the final over Godleman could only got a couple from the first ball.  Willey then bowled a wide.  Godleman then smashed David Willey through extra cover to bring up his ton and then smashed the next ball for a straight six.  

Du Plooy said: “The feeling in the dressing is a bit of a mixed bag.  We’re proud of that effort and at half time if anybody had said that we would tie the match we would have been over the moon.  We’ll take a lot of confidence from the game and it will send  a message to the other counties.  It’s about peaking at the right time.

I thought Godleman showed a lot of composure and I am sure that we will take. A lot of positives from the match.  I try to keep my batting as simple as possible and I play the conditions.  You back yourself to try and predict what the bowler will do some days it works some days it dosen’t.”

With the threat of rain the Vikings won the toss, decided to bat and hit their second highest List A score against the Falcons  before rain halted their innings 10 overs shy of their 50 overs.  Patterson added: “It was frustrating that the rain played a part with 10 overs left and only two I wickets down we were looking to get around the 400 mark. The players we have got should have defended the score we made but in the field we were poor and we lacked awareness.  We can bowl better than that.”

Opener Tom Kohler-Cadmore top scored with 79 as he put 157 on for the Viking’s first wicket with Adam Lyth. He reached his fifty with a gentle push off Luis Reece out to mid on for a single.

On 64, he turned Alex  Hughes off legs to at short fine leg and was called through for a single by Lyth.  But Anuj Dal couldn’t get hold off the ball and the Vikings’ openers turned the single into a couple.

It was bad day for Lyth who apart from his 78 got hit twice.  In  Sam Conners’ first over he top edged a pull on to his hemult and had to receive treatment.  Later he was he was laid out by Kohler-Cadmore.  Kohler-Cadmore then  smashed Conners straight but hit Lyth in the midriff.

Lyth got some form of revenge when he hosted Conners off his legs into the East stand for the first six off the match.  He did have a life on 23 when he edged Ravi Rampaul just short off Hughes at slip. 

He brought not only  his fifty up but also the hundred partnership when he cut Reece  to the point boundary to bring up his fifty from 39 balls with five fours and two sixes.  The partnership was broken when Lyth top edged a pull  off the recalled Rampaul and skied it to  who ran in from the fine leg boundary.  10 runs later Kohler-Cadmore backed away from Matt Critchley to him room to drive him through extra cover but picked out Wayne Madsen.

When your opposition is 157 for one  with 26 overs the last person who want to see coming to the crease is Willey and today was his day.  The Falcons simply couldn’t prevent him scoring.  He blasted Madsen to the extra cover boundary and rocked back to the next ball and smashed him over mid wicket for a six.  In the next over he gently hit placed Reece over long off into the Emerald for his second six.

Willey reached his fifty when he hooked Rampaul to the square leg boundary. Tom Lace made a diving attempt to stop it but he parried the ball over for another boundary.  He lofted Hughes over mid wicket into the East stand for his third six.

With young Harry Brook they added 151 for the third wicket beating the 104 made by Michael Vaughan and Phil Jaques at Derby in 204.  Despite being the silent partner for much of their partnership Brook showed glimpses of his talent.  He rocked back and pulled Critchley over long on for a six into the Emerald stand and drove Rampaul to the cover boundary to bring up his fifty from 36 balls.

The Falcons lost their first wicket in the first over when Reece went down the wicket to Lyth and was stumped by a mile by Jonny Tattersall.    In the next over Madsen struggled to get Willey away and clipped him off his legs to Leaning at deep square leg.

After hitting Lyth for  a six into the Emerald stand in the first over Godleman tried  repeating the shot off Tim Bresnan in the third over but the ball  plugged and went for a four.  He went for another big hit off the next ball but found Kohler-Cadmore at long on but he dropped the ball as he fell to the ground.

Du Plooy placed Bresnan for a six over long off, two balls later he flat batted Bresnan over point for another six as Bresnan went for 22 in his first two overs as he Falcons got ahead of DLS after 6.2 overs and were in front of until the final over.

Godleman clipped Paterson off his legs for his third six. He swivelled round to hit  over fine leg to hit Duanne Olivier for his fourth six.  Two balls later Du Plooy whipped off his legs for a big six into the East stand.  The partnership was broken when Du Plooy clipped Lyth off his legs to Willey at deep mid wicket.

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