Yorkshire edge out exciting Roses one-day clash to win by 16 runs
Lancashire and Yorkshire both made their highest one-day totals against each other in one-day cricket but it was the White Rose who ran out the victors by 16 runs in a highly entertaining day’s cricket in the Royal London One-Day Cup at Emirates Old Trafford.
In fact Yorkshire posting their highest List A one-day total against any county as they rattled up a huge 379-7 total in their 50 overs after winning the toss on an excellent surface.
Two outstanding centuries from Adam Lyth with 144 and David Willey who made 131 formed the backbone of the White Rose innings, the pair posting 235 runs for the 2nd wicket, the highest partnership for any wicket in a one-day game between Lancashire and Yorkshire by either side and also Yorkshire’s third highest partnership in this form of the game.
At times it was breath-taking stuff with Willey in particular in explosive mood, smashing seven sixes and 11 fours during his 95-ball stay at the crease.
Tom Bailey had made an early breakthrough with the wicket of Tom Kohler-Cadmore lbw for 0 at the end of the 3rd over but that was the last Red Rose success until the 36th over as the Yorkshire duo initially settled in before pressing the accelerator to great effect.
It was Lyth who chanced his arm early on, hitting 9 fours in scoring 48 of the first 50 runs on the board. Willey actually took 12 balls to get off the mark but two sixes over the short leg side boundary off Jennings soon signalled the batsman’s intent. The hundred arrived in the 21st over when Willey swept Parkinson for 4 and then repeat the dose with a reverse sweep off the next delivery. And the left handed batsman then clubbed a third maximum to join Lyth on 71 with the score on 147-1 after 25 overs.
A 4th six took Willey to his century from only 79 balls but he finally departed for a magnificent 131, bowled by Livingstone, the ball after he had struck his 7th six.
Any Lancashire hopes that this breakthrough might slow the visitors down were quickly dashed as 142 runs came off the final 16 overs. Lyth and Cheteshwar Pujara added 51 in 6 overs for the 3rd wicket before Lyth departed for 144, caught at long-on, while Pujara was run out for 19.
Gary Ballance and Harry Brook inflicted further misery on the Lancashire attack with a 67 partnership off 35 balls to steer Yorkshire to their record total despite a flurry of wickets falling in the final two overs. Lancashire did not help themselves in the field with a handful of chances dropped and, at times, some fairly ordinary fielding handing runs to their opponents as the Red Rose conceded the highest total in their one-day history.
But Lancashire made a great effort to chase the runs down. Despite the early loss of Alex Davies for 10, Jennings and Livingstone made a powerful start, the latter hitting his first ball for six over third man, adding 50 off 29 balls and taking the attack right back to Yorkshire. The first powerplay of 10 overs saw Lancashire reach 70-1 by which time Livingstone had hit his second maximum into the stands at mid-wicket and a third soon followed with the Red Rose skipper reaching his fifty from just 33 balls.
The century partnership off 67 balls followed moments later, celebrated by Livingstone who thumped his fourth six over mid-wicket off Adil Rashid but his ferocious 44-ball innings ended in the following over. Having struck three consecutive fours off Liam Plunkett, Livingstone was brilliantly caught at deep mid-on by Matt Fisher for 79 attempting a fourth.
That left Lancashire on 144-2 in 18th over but Jennings and Vilas kept the tempo going with a 50 partnership off 34 balls to take Lancashire to 215-2 at the halfway stage needing 165 runs from the remaining 25 overs.
By comparison with what had gone before that looked a quite attainable target, Lancashire were well ahead at that point but the Yorkshire bowlers hit back with crucial wickets that saw the game swing back their way.
Jennings had looked in superb touch, striking the ball crisply and with great assurance but after making a run-a-ball 69 he was caught on the mid-wicket boundary by Tom Kohler-Cadmore off Patterson for 69 off 70 balls leaving Lancashire 218-3 after 25.4 overs.
When Vilas was caught by Pujara from a big top edge off Rashid for 47 shortly afterwards 148 runs were still required off 128 balls. Despite 32 from 33 balls from Haseeb Hameed, who struck the only three boundaries scored between the 25th and 39th overs batting in the unaccustomed position of number five, the task of getting 92 from the final 10 overs proved to be just too much.
Jordan Clark made 23 and a valiant 57 run partnership off 36 balls between Bailey (33) and Stephen Parry (20) for the 9th wicket raised Lancastrian hopes but two further wickets for Willey (4-59) on a day most of the bowlers’ would probably prefer to forget, ended the game with Yorkshire winning by 16 runs with one over to spare.
It was a thoroughly entertaining day’s cricket with 742 runs scored but that ends Lancashire’s Royal London One-Day campaign for this season.
“It was a great game of cricket,” conceded Liam Livingstone
“But on that pitch we weren’t very happy with the way we fielded. We were a long way below par.
“So we were pretty disappointed at half time with that aspect (of our game). We got put under pressure and their two (Lyth and Willey) played really well.
“The way we bowled and fielded, I felt that we were minus fifty. We had an inexperienced side (today) and the younger boys will learn from that.
“Considering we only played with one out and out seamer it was tough.
“Then we got ourselves in another winning position (with the bat) and just couldn’t quite get over the line.
“So it’s disappointing but I was pretty happy with the way we’ve fought right to the end.”
Lancashire rested Joe Mennie and Graham Onions today and Livingstone admitted: “It was hard to watch as captain, with one out-and-out seamer, it was just crying out for someone to do what Joe Mennie has done all competition. But there’s no point in risking injury with the amount of games he’s played.
“It wasn’t frustration with the lads, just with the options we had. It was hard to bowl spin to the short boundary to two left handers with the wind.
“The lads stuck at it and we have got ourselves into a position to win the game so it’s a bit disappointing but we showed fight and that’s the main thing.
“It’s obviously another learner for me (as captain); every game throws up different things that I will learn from.”
Lancashire were well placed at halfway in the run chase today, and Livingstone added: “We were pleased we way we played during the first 25 overs.
“If me or Keats can get 120-130 we win the game. So it’s about learning from those moments whether I can sit in a little bit or carry on going, or whether Keats can bat all the way through. So we will learn from those situations. That’s the key thing.
“It’s very difficult to judge. If I’d carried on for another five overs you completely break the run chase down. And then you just need six runs per over for 25 overs. If I’d only gone at a run a ball early on you get 40 runs or so behind where we needed to be. So that’s the difficult part but every game is a learning curve for us.”
The 50-over competition has finished and Livingston is relishing the start of the T20 games next month.
“I just think that when it comes to T20 games we’ve got a pretty exciting batting line up that can chase a fair amount of runs,” he said. “We have an explosive batting order and it’s good to see.”
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