Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tykes' T20 Dreams Are All but over; COUNTY CRICKET

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tykes' T20 Dreams Are All but over; COUNTY CRICKET

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YORKSHIRE'S hopes of reaching the last eight of the Friends Provident T20 have been all but extinguished following last night's loss at Warwickshire The hosts confirmed their place in the quarter-finals with a hard-fought 14-run victory at Edgbaston. A target of 146 proved too much for the visitors as Keith Barker finished the match with a hat-trick in the last over. Richard Pyrah and Clint McKay were both caught by Rikki Clarke at long off before the left-arm paceman bowled David Wainwright.

While Barker applied an emphatic finishing touch in dismissing Yorkshire for 131, the hard work was done by spin pair Imran Tahir and Ant Botha, who put the squeeze on the middle order by sharing four wickets at cost of 35 runs in eight overs.

Although a key dismissal was credited to a seamer when Steffan Piolet forced Adam Lyth (31) to tread on his stumps, it was Tahir who delivered a major blow when he bowled Jacques Rudolph for 27.

The leg spinner also removed Jonathan Bairstow with a slick stumping by Tim Ambrose and when Gerard Brophy and Adil Rashid fell in successive overs from Botha, there was no way back for Yorkshire.

Australian all-rounder McKay did his best with sixes off Piolet and Neil Carter but his 20 off 12 balls was not enough to prevent his side's eighth defeat in 14 games.

Even if they win their last two games against Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, Yorkshire will be hard pressed to qualify from the North Group. They trail fourth placed Derbyshire by three points.

Bold hitting by lower order all-rounders gave Warwickshire a workable total after crashing to 97 for seven with 25 balls remaining.

Warwickshire v Yorkshire Friends Provident T20 North Division At: Edgbaston Yorkshire won toss Warwickshire beat Yorkshire by 14 runs Warwickshire I J L Trott c & b Wainwright..................................19 N M Carter b Patterson......................................... …

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