Yorkshire Vikings v Durham at Headingley May 2nd

Yorkshire Vikings v Durham at Headingley May 2nd

Neil Whitaker reports

DURHAM’S hopes of reaching the eliminator of the Royal London one-day Cup  were thawted by the rain at Emerald Headingley when play was abandoned just after 5.o’clock.

The forecasted rain came  at 1.O5 with Durham on 178 for two, after 85 minutes they returned but only for four minutes and Durham only added another four runs before they were driven from the field again.

Earlier Durham who needed a win to qualify for the eliminator were put into bat by Vikings skipper Tom Kohler-Cadmore.  The Durham openers Ben Raine and Stephen Steel made a bright and fast start.  The partnership was broken in the seventh over when Raine followed one down the legside from Tim Bresnan and Ben Birkhead took a comfortable catch.  Birkhead,a 20 year old lad from Halifax replaced Jonny Tattersall behind the stumps. Kohler-Cadmore said: “I was impressed by him today.  A lot of people judge a keeper if they notice him because he is making errors, I didn’t notice him.

Steel was joined by former Viking Alex Lees who was determined to add to his run of big scores in the competition.  By the time rain drove the players off Lees had passed his fifth consecutive score of 50.  He reached his fifty, which came from 63 and included three fours and a score, when he dabbed Matt Pillans to third man for a single.

Steel top scored for Durham before he pulled a short ball from Bresnan straight down Jack Leaning’s throat at deep square leg on the longest boundary on the ground.  It was the second he has 68 in this year’s competition.

After Saturday’s defeat to Worcestershire Rapids  knocked the Vikings out of the competition they took the opportunity to give List A debuts to four players. As well as Birkhead,  20 year old Tom Loten  came in for Adam Lyth, Jordan Thompson. 22 year old Jordan Thompson from Leeds came in Duanne Olivier and another 22 year old Jared Warner from Wakefield replaced skipper Steven Patterson and Tom Kohler-Cadmore Captained the Vikings for the first time and Will Frame made his debut replacing Gary Ballance.

Kohler-Cadmore said: “I would like to captain Yorkshire permanently at some stage in my career because it’s important to add something rather than just being a batsman and I can’t bowl.  To captain Yorkshire today was a privilege. I’ve captained at school and the second team last year. I always go up to Patterson during matches with ideas.  I enjoy thinking about the game.  I am like a sponge learning from the experienced players.  Joe Root doesn’t get too high if he does well or too low if he doesn’t.

It’s been a disappointing tournament for me, I’ve not made a winning contribution.  A match winning contribution can be just making 20 as long as it gets us over the the line.”

May 8, 2019 12:00 am

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