JETS DE­NIED BY GUILE OF VIK­INGS’ BRESNAN

HUGE CROWD OF AL­MOST 8,000 SEES DURHAM FALL SHORT BY 10 RUNS AGAINST TYKES

Sunderland Echo - - Sport -

Tim Bresnan played the star­ring role with both bat and ball to guide York­shire Vik­ings to a 10-run win over Durham Jets in last night’s Vi­tal­ity T20 Blast match at the Emi­rates River­side.

The Vik­ings, who thumped Durham in the open­ing group match at Head­in­g­ley last week, elected to bat in front of an ex­cel­lent crowd of 7,785.

Al­though they strug­gled for tim­ing in large por­tions of the in­nings, late strik­ing from Jonathan Tat­ter­sall and Bresnan guided them to a to­tal of 157-6 from their 20 overs.

Durham ap­peared in con­trol of their chase, cour­tesy of a solid start, but they were to lose wick­ets at vi­tal times of the in­nings as pres­sure from Bresnan and Steven Pat­ter­son forced mis­takes from their bat­ting line-up.

Bresnan held his com­po­sure in the fi­nal over to se­cure the win for the vis­i­tors.

Durham coach Jon Lewis said: “It was a close game down to 10 runs. There was not a lot in it.

“We could look back about half a dozen mo­ments from each in­nings where we could have done a lit­tle bit bet­ter, which could have been the dif­fer­ence.

“We’ve got to take our hat off to the way they fin­ished it off at the end.

“We didn’t get a bound­ary away in the last three overs, which, com­pared to their in­nings, is quite a big dif­fer­ence.

“Up to the 18th over, we were com­fort­ably ahead of where they were at the same point. In those last few overs, their bat­ting and­bowl­ing,com­pared to ours, was the dif­fer­ence.”

Tom Kohler-Cad­more had blasted 164 on his last visit to the River­side, but last night he lasted just six de­liv­er­ies when he was caught by Paul Colling­wood at first slip in James Weighell’s first over.

Harry Brook found his form at the crease, with three bound­aries early in his in­nings.

Pres­sure started to build on the Vik­ings’ bats­men as Colling­wood, Im­ran Tahir and Will Smith dried up the bound­aries.

Brook’s at­tempt to cut loose from a Colling­wood de­liv­ery re­sulted in his dis­missal for 38 when he was caught by Weighell at long-off.

Gary Bal­lance ended his side’s bound­ary drought at 26 balls, but he be­came Colling­wood’s next vic­tim as he looped a catch straight back to the vet­eran all-rounder with a failed ramp shot.

York­shire’s strug­gle to find the rope con­tin­ued as they en­dured a 27-ball drought be­fore Tat­ter­sall found a gap in the field. He used guile and power to pro­pel the Vik­ings over the 150-run mark with the aid of Bresnan as Weighell and Nathan Rim­ming­ton proved to be ex­pen­sive in the clos­ing stages.

Rim­ming­ton struck in his fi­nal over to re­move Tat­ter­sall for 36, but the vis­i­tors posted a com­pet­i­tive score.

Durham skip­per Latham got his side off to a rapid start in their re­sponse, drilling Jack Brooks for four-straight bound­aries from his first over.

The hosts made steady progress to reach 42-0 at the end of the pow­er­play.

Gra­ham Clark notched the first six in the ninth over, plant­ing an Adam Lyth de­liv­ery into the stand over deep square leg.

The Jets po­si­tioned them­selves in a solid po­si­tion, but York­shire be­gan their fight­back af­ter the half­way stage.

Latham was to fall for 42, slic­ing a pull shot to Jack Lean­ing on the leg­side bound­ary. Clark then fol­lowed for 39 in a sim­i­lar man­ner as he at­tempted to drive Matthew Fisher over the rope, only to be caught by Lyth.

The Vik­ings kept the pres­sure on as Liam Trevaskis was run out for two, set­ting up a tense fin­ish. Bresnan turned the match in the vis­i­tors’ favour by strik­ing twice in two balls to re­move Smith and Colling­wood.

Durham re­quired 15 runs to win from the fi­nal over, but Bresnan held his nerve to se­cure York­shire’s sec­ond win in three group games.

De­lighted York­shire coach An­drew Gale said of his team’s win: “It was a nip­per.

“We started the game well. We got 46 in the pow­er­play. We lost our way in the mid­dle, though – we didn’t con­trol the game.

“We had a re­ally good fin­ish to our in­nings with the bat. The par score here is about 155, so we felt that we were about par.

“We didn’t start as well as we would have liked with the ball, but, out of the pow­er­play, we were out­stand­ing.

“Bresnan and Pat­ter­son showed their ex­pe­ri­ence to close the game out. They were out­stand­ing.

“This year, we’ve won the nip­pers in white-ball cricket.

“We won a lot of nip­pers in the 50-over com­pe­ti­tion, but that’s the first one in T20.

“That was the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two sides. When we were un­der pres­sure there, we had a clear plan and we could see what ev­ery­one was try­ing to do.

“Durham lost their way a lit­tle bit when it started to go around their park at the back end of their in­nings.

“Bresnan is an ex­pe­ri­enced per­former, he’s a wily cam­paigner. It’s good to see him in the runs and wick­ets. That can only be good for us.”

So­phie Devine hits out on the way to a cen­tury in New Zealand Women’s four-wicket vic­tory over Eng­land in their se­ries fi­nale yes­ter­day.

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