T20 Vitality Blast Yorkshire v Warwickshire June 10th
T20 Vitality Blast Yorkshire v Warwickshire June 10th at Headingley
Neil Whitaker reports
YORKSHIRE Vikings got their 2021 Vitality Blast T20 campaign off to a winning start as they beat Birmingham Bears by six wickets with nine balls to spare. Seeing them home was Tom Kohler-Cadmore who hit an unbeaten 31 and shared in a fourth wicket partnership of 64 in 10 overs with Harry Brook. At the time the Vikings had lost two wickets for five runs in two overs and one of those was Jonny Bairstow who was playing his first T20 match since finals day in 2016. Kohler-Cadmore patted Craig Miles back to the bowler with no back lift and the ball still went for a six, On 16 he bottom edged Jacob Lintott to the cover boundary the fielder ran in but couldn’t make the catch. When Kohler-Cadmore then hit a straight six off Lintott with the toe of the bat the match was as good as over. His partnership with Brook was broken when Brook slapped Brathwaite to SamHain on the long on boundary. Chasing 144 to win the Vikings got off to the best and worst start. After hitting the first ball of their reply from Danny Briggs to the long off boundary Adam Lyth finished the over walking back to the hutch after he slapped Briggs to Miles at cover. Bairstow swept Briggs over deep mid wicket for a six. He dropped kicked Bresnan over fine leg for another six. He rocked back and Bresnan for another six. But when he played back to back to Briggs to give him room to cut him he was bowled. Hain top scored for the Bears with 59 and guided the Bears to 144 in their 20 overs. He received valuable support from former Viking Tim Bresnan who hit 23. The pair added 49 in six overs. The partnership was broken when helped round a short ball from Lachy Ferguson and Bairstow took the catch colliding with Matthew Waite who ran from short fine leg in the process. Despite losing early wickets Hain showed his intention to get on with it by going down the wicket to Adi Rashid for a straight six. He even flat batted David Willey to the point boundary for another six. Hain reached his fifty from 32 balls with three sixes and two fours and scooped Ferguson over Bairstow’s head for a six Bresnan on nine hooked Willey but didn’t get any power behind it and Bairstow dropped the chance and Bresnan used the long handle to hit Waite for a straight six which was caught in the crowd. Vikings Jordan Thompson equalled his best bowling in the Vitality Blast T20 with three wickets for 23. His first victim was Dan Mousley who had reversed swept Rashid for a six. He drilled Ferguson’s first ball to the long off boundary. But he didn’t get hold of a smash off Thompson still managed to top edge it to Kohler-Cadmore at deep mid off Carlos Brathwaite sporting the name Ricky on his shirt got a leading edge to Thompson who took a good diving return catch. The Vikings won the toss and put the Bears into bat who lost their first wicket in the first over when Ed Pollock clipped Willey off his legs and found Ferguson on the square leg boundary. Three balls they lost their second wicket when Will Rhodes clubbed a full toss from Waite to Lyth at mid off. Adam Hose clipped Waite off his toes for a straight six, the first of the Bears innings. After hitting two fours off Waite ,Hose went for another straight six but found Lyth at mid on. On two Michael Burgess survived a leg before appeal from Thompson and also survived run out at the bowlers end. Two balls later he got too far under one from Thompson who raced to mid wicket to take the catch. .June 11, 2021 8:58 am
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