Netherlands claim thrilling win
Yorkshire opened their Clydesdale Bank 40 programme with a shock two-run defeat against the Netherlands at Headingley Carnegie.
It was another miserable afternoon for Yorkshire, who were skittled for 86 on Friday as Nottinghamshire pulled off a dramatic LV= County Championship victory.
The White Rose were at least involved in a thrilling finish on this occasion and some of their blushes were spared after they had slumped to 79 for seven in pursuit of 191.
A recovery left them requiring 19 off the final over from Brad Kruger which began with Adil Rashid dashing a single and Ryan Sidebottom hitting the next ball over long-on for six. He failed to score off the next delivery but sprinted through for two runs off the next and lashed the penultimate ball onto the top of the football stand for a colossal maximum.
Another boundary from the last delivery would have clinched it for Yorkshire but Sidebottom’s shot could not evade Tom Heggelman on the edge of the circle and he returned the ball to wicketkeeper Wesley Barresi with the batsman just short of his crease.
Yorkshire made a dreadful start to their reply, losing their first five wickets for the addition of just 27 runs to keen bowling on a two-paced pitch.
It took an eighth-wicket stand of 68 in 12 overs between the in-form Richard Pyrah and Rashid to give the hosts a half-chance of a substantial recovery, but the task became even more difficult when Pyrah departed for a career-best one-day score of 69 from 82 balls.
At that stage 44 were still required from four overs and Yorkshire fell narrowly short despite Sidebottom’s brave blast and Rashid’s unbeaten 42.
Put in to bat, the Netherlands struggled early on as Sidebottom bowled Barresi in his first over and Eric Scwarczynski was caught behind off England paceman Ajmal Shahzad, who bowled a good opening spell in his first match since recovering from a hamstring injury picked up in the World Cup.
Western Australia’s Michael Swart, playing on a Dutch passport, had his leg stump removed by Pyrah and when Rashid struck with his first ball to send back Tom Cooper for a confident 32, the visitors were 68 for four.
Four runs later, Rashid’s fine piece of work off his own bowling ran out Tom de Grooth and at 101 the leg-spinner trapped Peter Borren lbw before Kruger drove Joe Root into the waiting hands of Adam Lyth at long-on.
At 112 for seven the Dutch were in danger of finishing with an uncompetitive score, but they were boosted by an eighth-wicket stand of 61 in eight overs between Shane Mott and Bukhari, whose straight six off Root was followed by Mott clearing the ropes with a pull off Shahzad.
Bukhari cut Sidebottom to Rashid at backward point but there was just time for Mott to complete his unbeaten 50 off 46 balls with five fours and a six.
Rashid was the pick of the Yorkshire bowlers with 2-20 from eight economical overs, yet his efforts were to prove in vain.