Jack Brooks helps Northamptonshire win
Northamptonshire 151 for 7 beat Yorkshire 51 for 4 (7.5 overs) by 14 runs (D/L method)
Yorkshire suffered a 14-run defeat to Northamptonshire under the Duckworth-Lewis method in their Friends Provident t20 clash at Headingley - but the home side were struggling even before the weather closed in. Replying to the Steelbacks' modest 151 for 7 the hosts were 51 for 4 after 7.5 overs and falling well behind the required rate.
Yorkshire's innings started badly when Jacques Rudolph fell to a great diving catch at long on in the first over from Chaminda Vaas and it became 16 for two as skipper Andrew Gale drove to wide mid-off and become the first of three victims for paceman Jack Brooks.
Herschelle Gibbs moved to 19 with a straight six off Brooks but steered his next ball into the hands of wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien and although Anthony McGrath looked in sound form batting became increasingly difficult in dreadful light. Gerard Brophy held out his bat at Brooks to give O'Brien another catch but before new batsman Jonny Bairstow could face his first ball the rain came down and soon waterlogged the ground, man-of-the-match Brooks finishing with 3 for 24.
Northamptonshire, who chose to bat first, were given a fine start by Lou Vincent and Vaas, who figured in an opening stand of 49 inside six overs, the Kiwi top-scoring with 38 off 31 balls with two fours and two sixes. Steve Patterson broke the partnership by having Vaas caught for 20 by Gale who held on to a fierce drive as he flung himself to his left at deep mid-on.
From that point on, the initiative swung Yorkshire's way as a result of some good bowling, particularly from Adil Rashid and Richard Pyrah who put a stranglehold on the overs in the middle of the innings. Once again Rashid was in excellent form with his leg-spin and he claimed three wickets for the third consecutive match while giving away only 23 runs.
Pyrah was even more economical, conceding just 19 runs from his four overs. He also captured the all-important wicket of Vincent with a great ball which seamed away and found the edge before ending up in the gloves of wicketkeeper Brophy. Andrew Hall scored a valuable unbeaten 31 off 19 balls with four boundaries and Willey added late impetus to the innings with two fours and a six in his 19 which came from a dozen deliveries.