York­shire fin­ish on a high with T20 win in desert

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT - CRICKET COR­RE­SPON­DENT Email: chris.wa­ters@ypn.co.uk Twit­ter: @CWater­sYPS­port Chris Wa­ters

“IT has been an ex­plo­sive cou­ple of days at #ZayedCrick­etS­ta­dium where the 6 mes­mer­iz­ing #AbuDhabiT20 teams have shown great vigor by thrilling spec­ta­tors with some smash­ing cricket. The 1st match is @York­shireccc Vs Hur­ri­canesBBL, 2 rag­ing forces you don’t want to miss! YVvHH.”

De­spite the best ef­forts of Abu Dhabi Cricket’s Twit­ter feed, which thereby pro­moted the open­ing game of Satur­day’s fi­nals day with typ­i­cal hy­per­bole, York­shire ver­sus Ho­bart was the prover­bial dead match.

Both sides had al­ready been elim­i­nated af­ter los­ing their open­ing fix­ture to La­hore Qa­lan­dars, who went on to win the fi­nal against Mul­ti­ply Ti­tans by 15 runs, and they had noth­ing to play for but the equally prover­bial pride.

Not only was it a dead match, in­deed, but also, as it turned out, a dead one-sided one, York­shire cruis­ing to vic­tory by nine wick­ets with 43 balls to spare to fin­ish their 2018 sea­son on a pos­i­tive note.

It was a per­for­mance, in some ways, that was bit­ter­sweet; had a con­tro­ver­sial um­pir­ing de­ci­sion not gone against them in their six-wicket de­feat to La­hore on Thurs­day, York­shire might well have gone all the way in the three­day com­pe­ti­tion, a brazen money-mak­ing ex­er­cise in the desert watched by pretty much one man and his camel.

As it was, So­hail Akhtar, the La­hore cap­tain, was re­called to the crease af­ter be­ing given out for 51 with his side 93-3 in the 11th over in pur­suit of York­shire’s 1845, Adam Lyth ad­judged to have touched the bound­ary rope af­ter all while catch­ing him at long-off off Josh Poys­den be­fore So­hail com­pleted a match-win­ning hun­dred.

“I thought we were a bit un­lucky,” re­flected York­shire first XI coach An­drew Gale, who hailed the com­pe­ti­tion a suc­cess. “We got done by the third um­pire de­ci­sion and, had that gone our way, I’m sure we’d have got over the line.”

There was no such con­tro­versy on Satur­day as York­shire made light work of the much-changed Big Bash fi­nal­ists.

York­shire showed three changes them­selves, cap­tain Steve Pat­ter­son and all-rounder Tim Bres­nan rest­ing and Jor­dan Thomp­son also mak­ing way as Matthew Waite, Karl Carver and Ben Coad came into a side which Lyth led.

Lyth’s first act was to lose the toss as Ho­bart chose to bat on a tacky pitch in hot con­di­tions – “we wanted to bowl any­way,” he said.

Much like the tour­na­ment it­self, Ho­bart’s in­nings rather went in one ear and out of the other as they stag­gered up to 140-7, no sort of to­tal in to­day’s T20.

York­shire’s spin­ners did the dam­age, Karl Carver tak­ing 2-29 from four overs on his first T20 out­ing for the firsts since Worces­ter­shire’s Ross White­ley smashed him for six sixes in an over at Head­in­g­ley last year.

It was a fine per­for­mance by the left-armer, who had Caleb Jewell stumped for the high­est score of 38 and then Sean Willis – who made the only other no­table con­tri­bu­tion of 35 – caught sweep­ing to Poys­den at deep mid­wicket.

Poys­den chipped in with 1-22 from four overs, in­clud­ing the wicket of Jor­dan Clark, who took a hat-trick for Lan­cashire against York­shire at Old Traf­ford this year, while Lyth chipped in with 1-21 from his four overs, hav­ing Kee­gan Oates stumped by the ex­cel­lent Jonny Tat­ter­sall.

Coad was York­shire’s most eco­nom­i­cal bowler (1-8 off three overs) and Josh Shaw (2-39 off three) their most ex­pen­sive.

Shaw’s first wicket was that of Ben Duck­ett, who snubbed York­shire in favour of Notts in Au­gust, and his last Jo­han Botha, who con­trib­uted 23 off 22 to an un­der­par to­tal which Ho­bart cap­tain Char­lie Wakim con­ceded was about 50 light.

It cer­tainly chal­lenged York­shire about as much as the aver­age adult be­ing asked to re­cite the two-times ta­ble.

In­deed, they were only just short of halfway to their tar­get af­ter the first six overs (69-1), Lyth the ca­su­alty when he skied Clark to cover af­ter strik­ing 21 from 13.

Harry Brook ar­rived to cream four fours in an over off pace man Nathan El­lis, Brook mak­ing it seven fours in his first nine balls faced when he struck the first three de­liv­er­ies of Clark’s next over to the bound­ary too.

Kohler-Cad­more was in typ­i­cally de­struc­tive mood, rac­ing to a 32-ball half-cen­tury and fin­ish­ing with ex­actly half of the runs as York­shire ended on 144-1.

Kohler-Cad­more (72 off 42) and Brook (42 off 22) added an un­bro­ken 99 from 52 de­liv­er­ies, two high-class tal­ents who give York­shire plenty of hope for the fu­ture.

POS­I­TIVE FIN­ISH: York­shire beat Ho­bart in their end-of-sea­son tour­na­ment in Abu Dhabi with Tom KohlerCad­more scor­ing 72 off 42 balls to help chase down a lowly 140-7.

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