Come On You Tykes
Carver Impresses In Sixth Tournament Win
By Gary Watton
May 16 2017

For the seventh successive Yorkshire one-day fixture, the team that won the toss went on to lose the match - not that the Tykes' contingent are complaining at this peculiar phenomenon. The white rose prevailed in the end here and earned themselves a home quarter final, finishing with a highly impressive six group wins out of eight. However, they made hard work of overcoming a resilient Leicestershire.

Lees again managed little more than a par score. Leaning didn't put the scorer to too much trouble. Even Handscomb appears to have gone into his shell, after a bright start to the competition. It was left once more to the unsurpassable Ballance to supply many of our runs. He was ably assisted by the evergreen Bresnan, and crucially Rafiq joined the party with a rapid fifty which ensured that the hosts posted a total that was competitive but not necessarily unattainable.

The chasers lost a very early wicket and then a good second wicket stand seemed to have swung the odds into their favour. However, the in-form Rafiq was amongst the wickets again, but even his efforts were eclipsed by the returning Carver who cooked up majestic one-day bowling figures against a team batting in pursuit of a target. There has to be a case for a full-strength Yorkshire one-day team that includes Rafiq and Rashid and Carver. There is no law against fielding three spinners - and quite frankly they would be a marvellous triumvirate.

Meanwhile, Yorkshire must wait a day to discover their opponents in the last six! Whoever we are up against, they will have to cope with the runs of Ballance and the exciting form of Rafiq and Waite, and possibly young Carver too. 


YORKSHIRE versus Leicestershire; in Leeds; Royal London One Day Cup; Tuesday the sixteenth of May. Leicestershire won the toss.

YORKSHIRE: 258 for seven (off 45 overs)

Lyth c Eckersley b Parkinson 52 (82-3)

Lees c Pettini b Griffiths 23 (72-1)

Leaning c Wells b Griffiths 2 (76-2)

Handscomb c Pettini b Wells 13 (98-4)

Ballance hit wicket b Wells 71 (236-7)

Bresnan c McKay b Griffiths 34 (171-5)

Waite run out [Klein] 2 (178-6)

Rafiq not out 52

Fisher not out 4

Extras: five

Griffiths 9-0-46-3


Leicestershire: 238 all out (off 42.4 overs)

Pettini c Lyth b Bresnan 0 (0-1)

Delport c Lees b Rafiq 68 (107-2)

Eckersley b Carver 46 (141-5)

Cosgrove b Rafiq 0 (107-3)

Ackermann c Coad b Bresnan 15 (137-4)

Hill c Rafiq b Carver 11 (158-6)

Wells c Leaning b Coad 18 (189-8)

Parkinson c&b Carver 3 (165-7)

McKay c Leaning b Fisher 35 (231-9)

Klein c Fisher b Waite 26 (238)

Griffiths not out 0

Extras: sixteen

Carver 9-0-24-3


YORKSHIRE win by twenty runs. YORKSHIRE two points, Leicestershire nul points.


BATSMEN 'CHART' (minimum requirement: one hundred runs):

Ballance: average - 74.5; 447 runs; highest score - 152*

Handscomb: average - 63.43; 444 runs; highest score - 140

Root: average - 60.25; 241 runs; highest score - 83

Bairstow: average - 53.6; 268 runs; highest score - 174

Waite: average - 37.75; 151 runs; highest score - 71

Lyth: average - 28.62; 229 runs; highest score - 59

Bresnan: average - 26; 130 runs; highest score - 65


BOWLERS' 'CHART'(minimum requirement: ten wickets):

Rafiq: average - 23.8; fifteen wickets; best bowling - four for forty-seven

Waite: average - 25.6; ten wickets; best bowling - four for 65