White Rose edged out
Durham got their Friends Life t20 North Group campaign off the ground as Yorkshire fell two runs short of victory at Headingley Carnegie.
Needing 14 off the last over to reach their 143 target, the White Rose gave themselves a sniff as Azeem Rafiq drove leg-spinner Scott Borthwick’s first ball for six.
But only five came off the next three deliveries and, when Rafiq let the fifth ball go by outside off-stump, it meant four were required from the last delivery, which the batsman could only hit for a single.
Durham’s opening bowlers, Chris Rushworth and Graham Onions, made it tough for Yorkshire early on with a couple of wickets each, the former having Andrew Gale and new signing David Miller caught by Gordon Muchall at slip before he had conceded a run.
Onions bowled Phil Jaques and trapped Joe Root lbw while Mitchell Claydon got in on the act by trapping Gary Ballance leg before.
Richard Pyrah, in his first outing since breaking a bone in his hand in the opening LV= County Championship match, led the fightback in a 57-run stand in eight overs with wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy.
Three fours and a six rushed Pyrah to 22 off 11 balls, but, when he had reached 32, Liam Plunkett had him caught on the midwicket boundary.
With 22 needed from three overs at 121 for six, Yorkshire looked favourites - but Borthwick brought a dramatic turnabout by bowling Brophy and Mitchell Starc with consecutive deliveries.
Ryan Sidebottom survived an lbw shout off the hat-trick ball but the White Rose had left themselves with just a little too much to do.
After Durham, put in to bat, had taken 49 off the six powerplay overs for the early loss of Herschelle Gibbs, Yorkshire’s bowlers did well to restrict the visitors’ score to 142 for six.
Australian paceman Starc claimed 2-21 off his four overs, while Moin Ashraf also impressed with 2-28, pinning Durham’s latest signing Johann Myburgh lbw for 10 and bowling top-scorer Ben Stokes for 36 with a low full-toss that he tried to guide to third man.
Durham's most fruitful partnership was 41 in five overs for the second wicket between Phil Mustard and Stokes, the latter rapping three fours in as many balls off Sidebottom in an over which cost 16.
The partnership was ended by Pyrah, Mustard driving his second ball to Starc on the cover boundary to depart for 19 from 14 deliveries with four fours.
An athletic catch by Ashraf at mid-off accounted for Dale Benkenstein for a threatening 25 from 17 balls with two fours and a six; Muchall was unbeaten, also for 25, from 24 balls with two boundaries.