Rudolph guides Yorkshire to tense win
Yorkshire 204 for 6 beat Netherlands 200 for 8 by four wickets
Jacques Rudolph continued his remarkable run of good scores as Yorkshire gained a hard-earned victory over the Netherlands at Headingley to make it four consecutive wins in Group B of the Clydesdale Bank 40.
Chasing a target of 201, Yorkshire got there by four wickets with just three balls to spare, Rudolph leading the way with an unbeaten 83 to go alongside his previous scores in the competition of 101 not out, 83 and 26.
Once again, Yorkshire were given an excellent start by skipper Andrew Gale and Rudolph, who put on 81 in 20 overs before Gale, having made 38, stepped out of his crease against the impressive spin of Mohammad Kashif and was neatly stumped by Atse Buurman.
Rudolph, who had made rapid progress off the new ball, was forced to treat the spinners with greater respect and Adam Lyth hit five fours in his 29 before he attempted to steer Mark Jonkman to third man and was bowled off-stump.
Kashif had Gerard Brophy caught at short mid-wicket in his final over and, with 60 still required from the last ten overs, it was Joe Sayers who boosted the scoring by taking two fours in an over from Pieter Seelaar which cost 13 runs.
The visitors' hopes were kept alive as both Sayers and Adil Rashid fell lbw and when Richard Pyrah became Michael Dighton's second victim Yorkshire still required 12 from 13 deliveries. David Wainwright relieved the pressure in the penultimate over with a lofted boundary back past the bowler and Rudolph saw Yorkshire home with a four through mid-wicket which brought him his seventh boundary off the 100 balls he received.
Put in to bat, the Netherlands lost a quick wicket when Nick Statham chopped Tino Best into his stumps but the West Indian paceman was then slammed for three fours during the remainder of the over by Dighton, the Tasmania batsman who is the Dutch side's overseas player.
Best had to be temporarily removed from the attack but returned later to dismiss the hard-hitting Dighton and his fourth-wicket partner, Bas Zuiderent, the former Sussex batsman, in consecutive overs.
He bowled Zuiderent, making room to cut, for 26 after the pair had added 56, and then knocked back the stumps of the dangerous Dighton for 62 from 64 deliveries with six fours and a six.
Best and Steven Patterson each finished with three wickets but they were unable to prevent a late burst of scoring from Mudassar Bukhari, who cracked the last ball of the innings from Patterson for six to finish unbeaten on 49 from 40 balls with four fours and three sixes.