JETS DENIED BY GUILE OF VIKINGS’ BRESNAN
HUGE CROWD OF ALMOST 8,000 SEES DURHAM FALL SHORT BY 10 RUNS AGAINST TYKES
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.”
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