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Bravado From Handscomb Inspires Narrow Triumph

By Gary Watton
May 7 2017

The visitors did their very best to defy the odds with a plucky run chase, but came up just short even though the required run rate was frequently in excess of about twelve per over in the latter stages of their pursuit. In fact it took Derbyshire until about two thirds of the way into their innings before they had even reached half of Yorkshire's total. They looked distinctly doomed, but an excellent display of clean hitting from tailender Critchley took the away team close to attaining an unlikely victory. This contrasted with the Tykes' tail which once more went into headless chicken mode, suffering a couple of run outs and merely scratching out five or six runs per over in the last few. This was almost their undoing - and needs to be addressed.

Earlier the hosts took full advantage of Derbyshire's kind offer to field first. Consequently Lees and Lyth raced to fifty-five off only six overs. Eventually Leaning and Lees recorded par scores, and it was left to the red hot duo of Ballance and the highly impressive Handscomb to take the contest just about beyond the reach of Derbyshire. The young Yorkshire bowling unit performed adequately, with nobody getting humiliated, and indeed Ben Coad ended with a flurry of wickets which will only serve to boost his confidence for future limited overs skirmishes.

The white rose have two away fixtures and one home commitment remaining in the group stage. They are currently in pole position and barring catastrophe, they should proceed to their annual pitfall of the knockout stage. Obviously the potential return of the England quintet, fresh from their conquest of Ireland, will only enhance Yorkshire's chances of obtaining one day silverware.


YORKSHIRE versus Derbyshire; in Leeds; Royal London One Day Cup; Sunday the seventh of May. Derbyshire won the toss.

YORKSHIRE: 349 for seven (off fifty overs)

Lyth c Hughes b Thakor 35 (79-2)

Lees c Madsen b Viljoen 26 (59-1)

Leaning c Madsen b Critchley 39 (160-3)

Handscomb st Smit b Mendis 140 (316-5)

Ballance c Madsen b Mendis 63 (316-4)

Bresnan run out [Smit] 5 (335-6)

Waite not out 16

Rafiq run out [Madsen] 3 (338-7)

Fisher not out 6

Extras: sixteen


DERBYSHIRE: 334 for eight (off fifty overs)

Slater b Waite 43 (84-3)

Godleman c Lyth b Bresnan 11 (18-1)

Thakor b Coad 9 (31-2)

Madsen c Lyth b Coad 112 (243-6)

Hughes c Handscomb b Fisher 1 (87-4)

Mendis c Leaning b Carver (126-5)

Smit not out 77

Reece c Ballance b Coad 1 (246-7)

Critchley c Leaning b Coad 49 (334-8)

Viljoen not out 0

Extras: fourteen

Coad 10-0-63-4


YORKSHIRE win by fifteen runs. YORKSHIRE two points, Derbyshire nul points.


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