YORKSHIRE VIKINGS 191-5
Yorkshire opened their account in the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition with a win at the third time of trying, when they narrowly overhauled the Unicorns total at Queen’s Park on Sunday.
The Unicorns elected to bat first but had only just gone past 20 in the seventh over when their openers were out in quick succession.
Runs continued to be at a premium with Adil Rashid and Richard Pyrah containing the batsmen while picking up wickets.
Unicorns captain Keith Parsons was run out for 28, leaving his side some way off the pace at 118-7 but the final seven overs produced 71 runs as the tail flourished.
Glen Querl (23) and an undefeated 38 from Aneurin Norman led the charge.
The bowling honours were taken with eight overs apiece from Pyrah (3-34) and Rashid (2-27). A relatively comfortable target of 190 to win appeared more demanding with the Yorkshire openers dismissed and only 24 on the new electronic scoreboard, which was in use for the first time at Queen’s Park.
Phil Jaques steadied the ship with a carefully compiled 25 but his dismissal was quickly followed by that of Gary Balance, who had made a more adventurous 44, leaving Yorkshire at 88 for 4.
Rashid joined Adam Lyth and the pair made purposeful progress with a stand of 55 before Rashid’s dismissal for 32 in a frugal spell of bowling from Luke Beaven that was steadily increasing the required run rate.
In a rare fielding lapse a catch was put down just inside the boundary when a wicket would have exposed the Yorkshire tail but Lyth led his side home with a series of boundaries to a five wicket win with seven balls to spare.
Beaven with 2-29 off eight overs and Michael O’Shea who conceded only 21 runs of his eight overs were largely responsible for taking the Unicorns so close to victory.
As it was, a disappointed Unicorns side was left to reflect on how catches win matches and but for the one dropped catch at such a critical stage they rather than Yorkshire could well have won a closely fought contest.
Yorkshire return to Queen’s Park on Sunday, July 14 when they open the Chesterfield Festival with a Twenty20 match against Derbyshire in the Friends Provident competition.
They spend a further four days in town with a LV County Championship match, again against Derbyshire.
Chesterfield resume their Premier League campaign with a visit to table topping Sandiacre Town on Saturday.