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Bairstow Lets Rip!

By Gary Watton
May 3 2017

Yorkshire have no fewer than five players in the current England one-day squad, a fact which is all the more surprising since the Tykes have not won a limited overs competition since 2002. However, over the course of the last week, this talented Yorkshire team has belatedly justified why so many of it is pilfered by the national selectors nowadays. Since Saturday, the white rose have recorded three impressive and very different wins against three northern neighbours, all of whom boasted some quite handy players in their ranks too. Everyone, well almost everybody, has chipped in over the duration of the last three victories. Ballance, Handscomb, and Root have been amongst the runs, whilst most of the bowlers have helped themselves to a few wickets each. Yesterday, it was the turn of the great Jonny Bairstow to step up to the plate with the kind of innings that will live long in the memory.

Compiling the third highest one day innings for Yorkshire, Jonny B thrashed 174 off a mere 113 balls, with the kind of belligerence that he was threatening to unleash in recent years. It was just Durham's misfortune to be on the receiving end. There again, they did kind of provoke him by setting a stiff target which was always going to demand that our best batsmen respond with their best efforts - and so it proved. Funnily enough, the free-scoring Joe Root kept Jonny company for the large majority of his innings, but Joe played the role of Tavare while Bairstow acted the part of Botham! It all worked like a charm. Earlier Durham had looked on course for somewhere in the region of four hundred runs. It seemed that Yorkshire's bowlers were out of sorts, but the truth was that this was a benign pitch that enabled most batsmen to cash in accordingly. To the home team's credit, they did manage to stifle the visitors to a certain extent by keeping the target below 350 and only just in the manageable territory.

Well, after a trio of outstanding wins, it would be easy to read way too much into our early progress. Yes, the white rose have maximum points, and only Somerset from the southern group have won their first three (at the time of writing) and no team in the country has such a cosmic run rate, but the Tykes have an awful habit of peaking far too early and failing to cope with semi finals engagements. Is it possible to dare to dream of something more this time? Well, after Jonny's fireworks display yesterday, the omens appear to be good, but then they frequently are. Let's just concentrate on visiting Worcestershire on Friday and forget about big days out at Lords!


YORKSHIRE versus Durham; in Leeds; Royal London One-Day Cup; Wednesday the third of May. Durham won the toss.


Durham: 335 for five (off fifty overs)

Cook c Bresnan b Rafiq 106 (248-2)

Jennings c Handscomb b Waite 72 (124-1)

Richardson not out 100

Clark c Rafiq b Waite 2 (250-3)

Collingwood st Bairstow b Rafiq 8 (265-4)

Coughlin c Rafiq b Rashid 13 (280-5)

Steel not out 22

Extras: twelve


YORKSHIRE: 339 for four (off 47.4 overs)

Lyth c Weighell b Rushworth 16 (60-1)

Bairstow c Poynter b Weighell 174 (249-2)

Root b Weighell 55 (254-3)

Handscomb not out 47

Ballance hit wicket 29 (325-4)

Bresnan not out 8

Extras: ten

Weighell 10-1-60-3


YORKSHIRE win by six wickets. YORKSHIRE two points, Durham nul points.

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