Rich pickings for Pyrah
Yorkshire moved back to the top of Group B in the Clydesdale Bank 40 with a thumping five-wicket win over the Netherlands.
They were in control from the moment captain Andrew Gale elected to bowl first after winning the toss in Schiedam, restricting their hosts to 154 for nine thanks largely to Richard Pyrah’s 4-24.
A moderate target proved well within Yorkshire’s grasp, Jonathan Bairstow carrying them home with four overs to spare with 46 not out off 48 balls.
Tim Bresnan struck twice in the sixth over to remove Eric Szwarczynski and Michael Dighton, giving Yorkshire an advantage they never relinquished.
Ajmal Shahzad bowled Tom Cooper before medium-pacer Pyrah wrecked the middle order, repeating the feat against Netherlands captain Peter Borren and having Wesley Barresi taken by Bresnan at midwicket.
Mudassar Bukhari was caught behind in Pyrah’s next over as the Netherlands slipped to 64 for six, and leg-spinner Adil Rashid won lbw verdicts against Peter Seelaar and Bas Zuiderant en route to figures of 2-28.
Although Maurits Jonkman’s unbeaten 25 - the highest score of the innings - added an air of respectability to the Netherlands’ total, Adeel Raja - his partner in a ninth-wicket stand of 29 - was cleaned up by Pyrah for 19.
An asking rate of just 3.8 runs an over was never likely to tax Yorkshire, although their ambitions were checked by the loss of Jacques Rudolph, who contributed just six to an opening stand of 41 with Andrew Gale before skying Bernard Loots to midwicket.
Gale perished four balls later - caught and bowled by Jonkman for 32 - and Anthony McGrath’s departure - lbw to Borren - left Yorkshire 60 for three.
Adam Lyth made 23 before he was caught behind off Borren, but Bairstow eased any nerves in the Yorkshire dressing room by hitting five fours and two sixes.
By the time Gerard Brophy holed out to Cooper off Seelaar, Yorkshire were as good as home.