REPORT: Yorkshire Vikings v Lancashire Lightning, Royal London One-Day Cup
Lancashire Lightning were convincingly beaten by 79 runs by Yorkshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup at Headingley on Monday.
Having posted a formidable 296 for nine in their 50 overs, the White Rose bowlers restricted Lancashire to 217. The England leg-spinner, Rashid, dismissed Alex Davies and Liam Livingstone and finished with two for 34 from his ten overs, figures which hardly do justice to the uncertainty he created.
Yorkshire’s innings was dominated by the fine 80s of Peter Handscomb and Gary Ballance yet could also be viewed as a series of missed opportunities. Before Handscomb and Ballance were joined in the fourth-wicket partnership of 143, both Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root had played themselves in pleasantly only for both to fall to Ryan McLaren.
Bairstow’s 28 had included two pulled sixes off successive balls from Tom Bailey before he inside-edged a drive to the wicketkeeper, Davies, while Root’s 21 runs off 28 balls had prepared him perfectly for a major innings only for the England skipper to cut McLaren straight to Dane Vilas at backward point.
McLaren also dismissed Adam Lyth and finished the innings as Lancashire’s most successful bowler with figures of three for 43 but he was not one of those who benefited from the late collapse which saw Yorkshire lose five wickets for 20 runs in 27 balls.
By then, of course, Handscomb and Ballance had taken the score from 87 for three to 230 for four with an array of fine strokes which tested Lancashire’s bowlers and fielders to the limit. However, it still seemed wasteful when Handscomb, having taken 18 runs off four balls of a Luke Procter over, obligingly whacked the fifth to Anderson at deep midwicket and departed for 86 off 78 balls.
This may have been of little consequence had Yorkshire’s talented lower middle order maintained the momentum of the innings. But Tim Bresnan and David Willey miscued pulls and Ballance was leg before to Parry when attempting a reverse sweep. Yorkshire’s skipper had made 85 off 77 balls and seemed on course for his fourth century in seven competitive innings this season.
Adil Rashid was also leg before when attempting to pull a ball from Parry and Liam Plunkett was run out by Haseeb Hameed for six to leave the Vikings on 282 for nine. Their eventual total of 296 was probably thirty or forty runs short of the total they were targeting and the final twelve overs of the Yorkshire innings yielded 66 runs.
Parry finished with the slightly flattering figures of three for 55 while Jordan Clark bowled well to take one for 42 off his ten over allocation.
Lancashire’s response began poorly as Procter played on Bresnan bowled Procter off the inside edge and Hameed was caught at mid on by Plunkett off Matthew Fisher, both wickets falling inside the first ten overs.
Davies then batted very competently for 43 and had helped Karl Brown take the total to 80 in the 19th over when he was leg before on the front foot to Rashid. Livingstone threatened to seize control of the game from Yorkshire’s grasp when he hit Plunkett for two spectacular sixes but he was utterly deceived and bowled by an Adil Rashid googly when he had made 32.
Brown had perished for 34 when attempting to drive Azeem Rafiq in the previous over and the departure of Livingstone was followed seven overs later by that of McLaren, caught at long on off Rafiq for 16.
Lancashire Lightning’s last few wickets fell at regular intervals, Rafiq ending the innings with four for 47 and Willey also collecting a couple of wickets. Lancashire Lightning have now lost both their matches in this competition.
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