AFTER six defeats in eight games, Yorkshire at least restored a little pride with a 22 run victory over Middlesex at Lord’s in the CB40 League yesterday.
They did their best to maintain their poor record in the competition, almost throwing away a seemingly unassailable position when they had Middlesex at 160-7 chasing Yorkshire’s 275-4.
However, 61 off 40 balls from Aussie Steve Crook put the game back in the balance before Ryan Sidebottom returned to dismiss Crook and the home side were all out for 253 with two overs remaining.
After losing skipper Andrew Gale for a duck to the fifth ball of the innings, Jacques Rudolph and Johnny Bairstow set the foundations for Yorkshire’s total.
They added 85 before Rudolph fell for 40 and then Bairstow was joined by Anthony McGrath and tjhe pair added 105 in 16 overs before McGrath fell to Tim Murtagh for 63 off 60 balls with six fours.
Gary Ballance then shared a fourth wicket stand with Bairstow who went for a superb 114 scored in 87 balls with nine 4s and three 6s.
Ballance, 34no, and Ajmal Shazhad, 15no, added 47 from the final five overs to reach a challenging 275-4.
After Sidebottom dismissed Scott Newman for four in the first over, Middlesex raced away with the talented 20-year-old Northern Ireland batsman Paul Stirling leading the charge with 68 off 47 balls including ten 4s and a six.
Left arm spinner David Wainwright dismissed him making it 124-4 in the 18th over - Adil Rashid taking 3-43 - and then they slumped to 160-7 before Crook hit out.