Yorkshire CCC v Northamptonshire CCC June 7th Royal London Cup 2018
Neil Whitaker reports from Headingley
YORKSHIRE Vikings reached the knockout stages of the RL one-day for the fifth successive season but they have to travel to Essex in the quarter final play-off.
They beat the Northamptonshire Steelbacks by four wickets with an over to spare but to get a home tie they would have needed to knock the runs off inside 41 overs. David Willey put the Vikings on the way to victory with 71 but it was Gary Ballance and Jonny Tattersall who saw them home with a sixth wicket partnership of 87 in 13 overs. The partnership was broken when Ballance pulled a poor short ball from Hutton to Ricardo Vasconcelos on the square leg boundary. Tattersall was unbeaten on 52 from 51 balls.
He said: “It was most important for us to get a win today and get into the quarter finals. And it was great to contribute to the win. It was great bating with Ballance with all his experience and we never let the run rate get out of control. We weren’t panicking and nobody on the balcony was either. Hopefully we can take the momentum from winning four out of four games into the quarter final.”
Steelbacks skipper Alex Wakely said: “I thought Tattersall played brilliantly, when he came in he was under pressure and had a great knock.
Our performance today was pretty much the story our competition, losing three wickets in the first power play. We then lost crucial wickets at vital times. Before the game I said I wanted a response and I got it, today we put up a fight but we still lost all the crucial moments of the match. It’s frustrating for me and the team so it's back to the drawing board.
I thought we did alright, the score we got give us something to bowl at but nothing went our way. At the moment the players are pretty low in the dressing room.”
The Vikings got off to a terrible start in their quest of 242 losing both openers in the space of two balls. They were bothcaught by stumper Adam Rossington off Rory Kleinveldt and Brett Hutton. Meanwhile at the other end David Willey was in an explosive mood as he hit Hutton for consecutive fours in two overs and he launched Kleinveldt over extra cover for a big six into the crowd. Three balls later he hit for an even bigger six on to the top tier of the north east stand. Willey reached his fifty from 42 balls with eight fours and those two sixes.
Wakely used three spinners and they slowed the Vikings run rate up particularly when Rob Keogh and Graeme White bowled in partnership. The 11 overs they bowled in partnership restricted the Vikings to 30 runs and they lost two wickets Keogh’s 10 overs cost 26 runs. White twice forced Willey back with balls that didn’t bounce very high.
Keogh got the prize wicket of England skipper Joe Root when Root top edged a reverse lap and Rossington took his third wicket of the innings. Root scratched for 40 balls for his 18. Keogh got his second wicket when Chet Pujara played back to a straight ball and was leg before.
Willey tried to clear the 20 year old left arm spinner Saif Zaib over long on but found Ben Cotton on the boundary.
For the Steelbacks Charlie Thurston hit 53 on his debut in List A matches and gave the Steelbacks bowlers something to bowl at. When he came into bat the Steelbacks had slumped to 68 for four in the 16th over when he was the eighth man out they had reached 189. But the Vikings should have got rid of him when he was 10 when he steered Tim Bresnan to point where Willey couldn’t hold on to it. In Bresnan’s next over Thurston clipped him off his legs over the longest boundary and into the empty white Rose stand.
The 21 year old also gave a hard return chance to Root as the ball through his to the boundary. Root left the field at the end of the over but he shortly returned with a plaster on his index finger.
Thurston’s innings was a delight to watch as he played shots around the ground. He late cut Adil Rashid through backward point a shot gave the fielders a teasing chase to the boundary before the ball beat them.
Thurston shared in a partnership 32 in six overs with Kleinveldt in which the South African threatened run the Vikings ragged. He hit two sixes in his knock. He drove Rashid over cow corner for first six. But after Rashid for a second six he tried to repeat the feat but he got too far under it and the ball looped to Tom Kohler-Cadmore at mid off.
Two balls after reaching his fifty he pulled Matt Fisher over square leg looking for another boundary but Bresnan raced in from the boundary to take the catch.
After the departure Kleinveldt White took the fight to the Vikings he reversed swept Root for a four. In the next over he drove Steven Patterson over long for a six and quickly reached 36.
White and Hutton had no option but to hit out and get more runs as they added 39 in seven overs, Hutton drove Bresnan for a straight six then pulled the next ball to the mid wicket boundary. The partnership was broken in the 45th over when Hutton clipped Patterson off his legs but found Rashid on the square leg boundary who took a good catch looking into the sun.
However the Steelbacks failed to bat their 50 overs when Cotton tried to hit Willey over the top but found Patterson at mid off.
After winning the toss and deciding to bat the Steelbacks lost their first wicket on the third over when Willey squared Ben Duckett up and edged it to Tattersall. Wiley’s first over was a maiden. The Steelbacks lost their second wicket two balls later when Fisher got one to rise at Rossington who top edged a pull off Fisher and the looped to Rashid at mid on as he walked off he gave a quizzical look at the wicket.
Vasconcelos pushed at Willey and edged him to Kohler-Cadmore at first slip who took a low catch. Bresnan struck with his second ball, his squared Keogh up and gave Tattersall his second catch. Wakely flicked Bresnan off legs but found Fisher at short mid wicket who took a low catch. Zambia got too far under a drive off Rashid and simply lofted him to Kohler-Cadmore at mid on.
Posted on 18/04/2018
by Michael Blumberg