Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Buck ends Yorkshire's run

Leicestershire 175 for 4 beat Yorkshire 169 for 8 by six runs

Yorkshire's run of three consecutive Friends Provident t20 victories was ended by Leicestershire who beat them by six runs at Headingley. Nathan Buck did most of the damage for the visitors by firing out the first three home batsmen in his first two overs with the new ball.

Although Yorkshire never quite recovered from this early setback, the result was in doubt right to the final ball which Richard Pyrah needed to hit for six to tie the match. It was delivered by Leicestershire captain and former Yorkshire and England bowler Matthew Hoggard, and Pyrah lashed it high towards cow corner where it was calmly held by James Benning.

Yorkshire ended on 169 for 8 as they chased a target of 176 and the Man of the Match was Leicestershire batsman James Taylor, who got his side out of trouble with a sparkling unbeaten 62 from 28 balls with three fours and four sixes.

Buck's second ball was looped by Adam Lyth to Wayne White at cover and his sixth dismissed South African Herschelle Gibbs leg before wicket attempting to sweep. His third victim was Anthony McGrath who was also lbw to one which nipped back, the 19-year-old fast bowler finishing with 3 for 20 in only his third match in the competition.

Andrew Gale and Jacques Rudolph put on 53 for the fourth wicket to steady the ship but Rudolph was then lbw to Benning and it became 88 for 5 when Gale was run out, perhaps unfortunately, for 52 from 39 deliveries with five fours and a six. White hit the stumps with a direct hit but replays suggested that the bowler, Claude Henderson, may have first disturbed a bail.

An enterprising knock from Jonny Bairstow renewed Yorkshire's hope, and Ajmal Shahzad, released from the England one-day squad, cracked two consecutive sixes off Josh Cobb. In his solitary over, Cobb had already dismissed Bairstow and he also accounted for Shahzad who holed out to Taylor on the boundary edge.

Winning the toss, Leicestershire were given an encouraging start by Brad Hodge and Benning who had added 55 together by the ninth over before Adil Rashid struck with the first of his four wickets which came at a cost of only 20 runs.

He owed his first success to the athleticism of Lyth who caught Hodge's towering hit on the long-off boundary. Before his momentum took him over the line, Lyth tossed the ball into the air and caught it again when he came back inside the rope.

Will Jefferson belted Rashid for six in the legspinner's next over but then immediately fell lbw sweeping and the bowler signed off with two wickets in his final over as Benning was bowled for 41 off 31 balls and Paul Nixon trapped in front.

Taylor quickly retrieved the situation for Leicestershire and he was particularly effective moving well outside his off stump to hit to leg. He took consecutive boundaries off Tino Best and hooked and cut Shahzad for two sixes in one over before thrashing Steve Patterson for two sixes and a four in an over which cost 21.

He was given solid support by White whose contribution to an unbroken 81 stand was 23 from 19 balls with a four and a six.

Yorkshire 2nd innings Partnerships

1st6AW GaleA Lyth
2nd1HH GibbsAW Gale
3rd18A McGrathAW Gale
4th53JA RudolphAW Gale
5th10AW GaleJM Bairstow
6th48AU RashidJM Bairstow
7th12A ShahzadAU Rashid
8th21RM PyrahAU Rashid