Rashid spins Yorkshire home
Yorkshire 264 for 7 (Gale 63, McGrath 53, Jones 2-37) beat Somerset 213 (Banks 55*, Rashid 2-23) by 51 runs
Adil Rashid produced a fine all-round performance for Yorkshire to take them to a comfortable 51-run win over Somerset in the penultimate match of the Pro Arch Trophy in Abu Dhabi. Rashid cracked 35 from 40 balls at No. 6 to chivvy Yorkshire's total up to a competitive 264 for 7 before grabbing 2 for 23 from 10 tidy overs.
For all Rashid's lower-order nous, it was Andrew Gale and Joe Sayers, the openers, who got Yorkshire off to a solid start with a brisk opening stand of 97. Sayers was trapped lbw by Wes Durston for 43 but Gale motored onwards, crunching 11 fours and a six in his 61-ball 63.
When Durston removed Adam Lyth, Yorkshire had slipped to 165 for 4 before Anthony McGrath took charge in a typically combative 53 and, together with Rashid, the pair put on 65 for the fifth wicket before Stefan Jones picked up two late wickets.
Somerset's innings never took off. Carl Gazzard fell for 16 and Craig Kieswetter was run out by Lyth for a run-a-ball 26. Somerset's top-order stumbled to 99 for 4 and, when Rashid trapped Durston lbw for 20, Somerset were 127 for 5. Omari Banks struck 55 from 75 balls but found little support from the lower order.