Ali knocks stuffing out of lacklustre Yorkshire

Carl Markham
Monday 18 November 2013 05:59
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Yorkshire slumped to their first Norwich Union League defeat of the season at Headingley yesterday as they lost by six wickets to Worcestershire.

The Tykes' poor start to the season is getting worse and the visitors cruised past a paltry target of 129 with eight overs and six wickets to spare. Yorkshire had set a poor total of 128 all out as Kabir Ali took five wickets.

Despite Matthew Hoggard taking two early Worcestershire wickets – Vikram Solanki and Graeme Hick – Anurag Singh (33) and Ben Smith stemmed the tide steering Worcestershire to 63 and within sight of victory. Singh was caught by Gary Fellows at deep square leg off Craig White's bowling but Smith and Gareth Batty cantered home.

Earlier Craig White had got Yorkshire off to a flying start, hitting four fours and three sixes on his way to 45 from 42 balls before going for one big hit too many against Ali, edging to wicketkeeper Steve Rhodes.

However, apart from a battling 33 from Richard Dawson and 10 from Richard Blakey no other Yorkshire player made double figures.

Also in the First Division, Adrian Dale's gentle medium-pacers and a spirited display in the Grace Road field helped Glamorgan to an unlikely 45-run win at Leicestershire.

Dale took 3 for 28 off his nine overs as Glamorgan successfully defended a total of 194 which had looked some 20 runs below par.

Steve James was the mainstay of the Glamorgan innings after they had won the toss and elected to bat. James top-scored with a quietly accumulated 86 after his side had been struggling on 64 for 3. Robert Croft, in his pinch-hitter role, David Hemp and Jonathan Hughes were the early failures. However, together with Adrian Dale, James put on 53 for the fourth wicket before Dale was bowled by the spinner Carl Crowe.

In the reply, Australian Mike Kasprowicz, bowled a tight line and length, and only Ian Sutcliffe, with 57, threatened to upset Glamorgan. However, Dale's three middle-order wickets knocked the fight out of Leicestershire.

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