Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lightning Struck Down by Spinners

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lightning Struck Down by Spinners

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YORKSHIRE Vikings continued their fine start to their Royal London Cup campaign when they completed their second win in three days courtesy of a 79-run victory over Lancashire Lightning in the Roses match at Headingley.

Having posted a formidable 296 for nine in their 50 overs, the White Rose bowlers restricted Lancashire to 217 in an innings which offered another example of the beguiling talents of Adil Rashid and Azeem Rafiq.

The England leg-spinner, Rashid, dismissed Alex Davies and Liam Livingstone and finished with two for 34 from his 10 overs, figures which hardly do justice to the uncertainty he created.

Yorkshire's innings was dominated by the fine 80s of Peter Handscomb and Gary Ballance yet could also be viewed more as a series of missed opportunities.

Before Handscomb and Ballance were joined in the fourthwicket partnership of 143, both Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root had played themselves in pleasantly only for both to fall to Ryan McLaren.

Bairstow's 28 had included two pulled sixes off successive balls from Tom Bailey before he inside-edged a drive to the wicketkeeper, Davies, while Root's 21 runs off 28 balls had prepared him perfectly for a major innings only for the England skipper to cut McLaren straight to Dane Vilas at backward point.

McLaren also dismissed Adam Lyth and finished the innings as Lancashire's most successful bowler with figures of three for 43 but he was not one of those who benefited from the late collapse which saw Yorkshire lose five wickets for 20 runs in 27 balls.

By then, of course, Handscomb and Ballance had taken the score from 87 for three to 230 for four with an array of fine strokes which tested Lancashire's bowlers and fielders to the limit.

However, it still seemed wasteful when Handscomb, having taken 18 runs off four balls of a Luke Procter over, obligingly whacked the fifth to Anderson at deep midwicket and departed for 86 off 78 balls This may have been of little consequence had Yorkshire's talented lower middle order maintained the momentum of the innings, but Tim Bresnan and David Willey miscued pulls and Ballance was leg before to Parry when attempting a reverse sweep. …

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