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Match Report – Q1: Yorkshire vs Uva Next

Rashid, Miller seal five-wicket win for Yorkshire

Yorkshire made their CLT20 debut a happy one as they defeated SLPL winners Uva Next by five wickets in the opening match of the Karbonn CLT20 2012 qualifiers. After opting to bowl first, Yorkshire restricted Uva Next to 150 for seven and then got to the target with three deliveries to spare.

Needing to score runs at a competitive rate of 7.55 runs per over, Yorkshire were always ahead of the eight-ball – thanks mainly to a blazing innings from opener Phil Jaques. The 33-year-old Australian left-hander scored 32 from 21 balls to put his team in a comfortable position. However, twin strikes by Dilshan Munaweera in his first over – 8th over of the innings – brought Uva Next back into the match. An injury to local lad and Yorkshire’s in-form player, David Miller, gave Uva Next hopes of an unlikely win. At that point, Yorkshire needed 60 more off 46 balls.

Both teams held their nerves over the next few overs and the match would continue to remain in the balance right till the 19th over, when it would turn decisively in favour of Yorkshire. It helped Yorkshire that they had a well-set Adil Rashid right till the end; the 24-year-old, who batted at No.6, paced his innings perfectly. He didn’t score a boundary until his 19th delivery – at which point he had scored 13 runs – and thereafter added two more boundaries in the 18th over to help his team edge forward. He would remain unbeaten on 36 (off 30 balls) at the end.

Dan Hodgson’s dismissal in the 19th over gave Uva Next a slight advantage yet again; at this point Yorkshire still needed 18 from ten deliveries. However, Miller – who’d earlier left the field with an injured nose after being felled by an Umar Gul short delivery – came back to seal the deal for his team. He hit Munaweera for two fours and a six to put his team in front once and for all. It was befitting that he would score the winning runs – and off the bowling of Umar Gul too.

For Uva Next, Munaweera, bowling his off-breaks, was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Charith Jayampathi and Sachithra Senanayake chipped in with a wicket each.

Earlier in the afternoon, Uva Next got off to a flier with openers Dilshan Munaweera and Bhanuka Rajapaksa scoring 42 runs in the first five overs – this despite seeing off a quiet first over from Joe Root, which only yielded six runs. The dismissals of both openers within 14 runs of each other meant there were two new batsmen at the crease. Though Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Andrew McDonald have a lot of experience, they took time to get into their strides on this particular day. The pair would consume 31 deliveries for their 38-run partnership. McDonald would become the third batsman to be dismissed (after he had made 17), while Chanderpaul would follow next for a 23-ball 27.

It was left to Uva Next skipper Thilina Kandamby to give his team some much-needed momentum, and he delivered on the day. The southpaw, who walked out to bat at No.5, played a brisk innings – unlike the power-packed innings one tends to associate with Twenty20 cricket. He hit only two boundaries and a six in his 22-ball 29, but ran plenty of quick singles to make sure his team benefited from every delivery. Useful contributions from Jacob Oram (5-ball 8) and Sachithra Senanayake (8-ball 9) helped Uva Next to 150 for seven at the end of their 20 overs.

For Yorkshire, off-spinner Azeem Rafiq was the most economical bowler of the day, conceding only 25 runs in his four-over spell. Steven Patterson and Moin Ashraf returned the most successful bowlers with two wickets each.

Brief scores: Uva Next 150/7 in 20 overs (Kandamby 29*, Chanderpaul 27, Ashraf 2/29) lost to Yorkshire 151/5 in 19.3 overs (Miller 39, Rashid 36, Munaweera 3/32)

Player of the Match: Yorkshire’s Adil Rashid his all-round performance; he picked up the wicket of Bhanuka Rajapaksa and then blasted 36 off 30 balls in the run-chase.

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