Bosman batters Yorkshire
Derbyshire 222 for 5 beat Yorkshire 157 by 65 runs
Yorkshire suffered a crushing 65-run defeat in their opening Friends Provident t20 clash with Derbyshire at Headingley. The visitors, who made it two wins out of two, dashed to 222 for 5 batting first - the biggest score conceded in Twenty20 cricket by Yorkshire - and they were always well in control after a rousing 141 stand in 12 overs between Loots Bosman and Chesney Hughes.
Bosman was in a ferocious mood, smashing 94 off only 50 deliveries with nine fours and six sixes, while Hughes plundered 65 from 41 balls with five fours and four big sixes.
Yorkshire's t20 Aussie signing, Clint McKay, claimed a wicket in his first over when Chris Rogers skied a legside catch to Andrew Gale, and he later claimed three wickets in three legitimate balls, with a wide coming in between his first and second victims.
He finished with 4 for 33 off his four overs, including the wicket of Hughes, but by then the damage had been done with Bosman exacting a heavy toll against most of the bowlers, his half-century coming up off 31 balls. He looked set for his century but perished when he went for another big hit off Adil Rashid and sliced a catch to Jacques Rudolph at backward point.
The only time that Yorkshire looked like making a realistic challenge was at the start of their reply when Rudolph set off at a cracking pace, thrashing Tim Groenewald for three fours and a six in an opening over which cost 20 runs.
The South African then blasted two legside sixes off Steffan Jones to rush him to 30 off eight balls with three fours and three sixes, but four runs later he drove Wes Durston straight into the hands of Hughes.
Captain Gale was bowled by Groenewald for 10, and when Anthony McGrath was caught on the boundary edge off Garry Park Yorkshire were struggling on 53 for 3.
Herschelle Gibbs, also making his Yorkshire debut, tried to repair some of the damage with fellow South African Gerard Brophy and they took the score to 96 before Brophy stepped out of his crease to Durston and was stumped.
Gibbs reached a careful 36 from 28 balls with four boundaries but when he was bowled by Greg Smith to make it 124 for 6, Yorkshire had run out of steam. Smith ending with three for 19 off 2.5 overs.