Tredwell tramples on Yorkshire hopes
A stunned Yorkshire saw their LV= County Championship Division One title hopes dashed in 44 crazy minutes against Kent at Headingley Carnegie today, when their last nine wickets crashed for 37 runs in the space of 55 balls.
They were routed for 130 which left Kent with 90 to make for victory - and they suffered a few scares on the way before winning by four wickets, although it was not enough to save them relegation as Warwickshire’s win at Hampshire condemned them to the drop.
Yorkshire’s only consolation was that they ended a splendid first season under Andrew Gale’s captaincy in third place in the table to net £100,000 in prize-money for the players and £15,000 for the club.
The chief destroyer for Kent was off-spinner James Tredwell, who included a hat-trick in his 7-22 return while paceman Dewald Nel claimed the three remaining wickets.
Yorkshire embarked on the final day of the season on 51 for one with a lead of 10 and things could not have gone better for the first 23 minutes as Adam Lyth and Anthony McGrath quickly added 42 through top-quality strokeplay.
Boundaries came thick and fast for both batsmen off Nel and Darren Stevens and when Lyth reached 37 it gave him 1,500 runs for the season.
But, with the second-wicket stand worth 53, McGrath was unable to avoid contact with a spitting delivery from Nel and Geraint Jones held the catch.
It was the start of an amazing collapse which continued as Gale was bowled by Nel and Lyth by Tredwell.
The next ball from Tredwell lured Gerard Brophy out of his crease to be neatly stumped by Jones, and with the first ball of his next over Tredwell completed his hat-trick, Jonathan Bairstow popping up a catch to midwicket where Nel swooped on the ball.
Ajmal Shahzad responded by driving Tredwell for six in the same over but there was no holding back Kent, Nel having Adil Rashid taken at second slip by Martin van Jaarsveld and Steven Patterson falling to a reflex catch by Sam Northeast off Tredwell at short-leg.
Shahzad drove Tredwell for a second six before being stumped next ball and the end came when Moin Ashraf edged Tredwell to van Jaarsveld.
Tredwell’s seven wickets had come in the space of 19 balls at a cost of 15 runs from two sixes and a three.
Yorkshire were not quite down and out because Joe Denly and Northeast were pinned lbw by Ashraf and Shahzad respectively with only six scored, but Rob Key and van Jaarsveld prospered either side of lunch before Key clipped Patterson straight to McGrath at midwicket.
Patterson dismissed Jones without scoring in his next over and it seemed Kent were home and dry when van Jaarsveld drove Rashid for consecutive sixes.
But he was caught at slip off the leg-spinner’s next delivery and two balls later Rashid bowled Alex Blake.
Kent still needed eight and after Darren Stevens had straight-driven a boundary he gave a difficult return chance to Patterson, who could not hold on with his left hand, leaving Tredwell to crown a great day by hitting the winning boundary.