Roses game ends in tie as Yorkshire are denied victory by Lancashire

 

In a nail biting final over Yorkshire tied their Friends Life t20 game with Lancashire in front of a capacity crowd of 15,000 at Headingley.

Steven Croft hit the last ball for two when three were required for a Red Rose victory.

The tie brought Yorkshire their first point in the competition after three matches and it ended a Lancashire run of two consecutive defeats.

Put in to bat on a glorious evening, Yorkshire totalled 152 for six in a game which was keenly contested throughout.

Lancashire seemed favourites following an opening stand of 46 in five overs between Stephen Moore and Tom Smith but man-of-the-match Richard Pyrah hit back with three crucial wickets at a cost of 15 runs and the last over arrived with 10 still required and Ryan Sidebottom bowling to Croft and Kabir Ali.

Ali scrambled a single off the first ball and Croft edged the second just wide of wicketkeeper Andy Hodd's right hand for a boundary before failing to score off the next.

A leg-bye followed and Kabir ran another single to leave Croft on strike for the final delivery in mounting tension. He played it through point towards the boundary and the pair ran two but a third was never on.

Both sides made bright starts to their innings, skipper Andrew Gale and Phil Jaques dashing up 32 in five overs for Yorkshire before Gale chased a wide ball from Smith and was caught behind by Gareth Cross.

Batsmen then struggled to make any real impact, apart from Jaques, the Australian batting through the overs for 66 from 57 deliveries with six fours and a six which did not come until the 20th over when he struck Kabir Ali over midwicket.

The brake was mainly put on Yorkshire by spinners Stephen Parry and Arron Lilley who conceded only 21 and 22 respectively while each picking up a wicket, Parry causing Dean Hodgson to spoon a catch to Simon Katich and Lilley trapping Adil Rashid lbw.

It was in the fourth over of the Lancashire reply that Smith appeared to put Lancashire in a commanding position by thrashing 24 off Jack Brooks who in Yorkshire's two previous games had collected six wickets at a cost of only 34 runs.

Smith began with a stinging straight driven boundary and four off the back-foot through mid-on. He ran two after aiming just wide of Gary Ballance at mid on and followed up with 4-6-4.

Liam Plunkett broke the stand when Moore gave an easy catch to Ballance at mid-on and Pyrah began his successful stint with the wicket of Smith who was brilliantly caught low at mid-off by Plunkett for 35 from 20 balls with five fours and a six.

Pyrah clean bowled Katich and Keith Brown when both were just beginning to look dangerous to leave Lancashire on 97 for four and it became 118 for five in the 17th over as Cross played a dipping full toss from Plunkett into his stumps, the umpires ruling that the ball was not above waist high.

Croft and Kabir Ali were made to scrap for every run but they seemed to have taken control again when 24 were required from two overs and the expensive Brooks conceded 14, so setting up the frenzied finish.

PA

Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

Versace haute couture review

Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate