Dutch defeat Yorkshire in thrilling duel

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Yorkshire opened their CB40 League programme with a shock two-run defeat against the Netherlands at Headingley when Ryan Sidebottom was run out while attempting to hit the last ball of the match for a winning boundary.

It was the second embarrassment on the ground in two days for Yorkshire, who were skittled out for 86 on Friday as Nottinghamshire pulled off a dramatic LV= County Championship victory.

At least Yorkshire were involved in a thrilling finish on this occasion and some of their blushes were spared after they had slumped to 79 for seven in their chase of a 191 target.

A recovery left them requiring 19 off the final over from Brad Kruger which began with Adil Rashid dashing a single and Sidebottom hitting the next ball over long-on for six. He failed to score off the next delivery but sprinting through for two runs off the next and lashed the penultimate ball onto the top of the football stand for a colossal six. Another boundary from the last ball would have clinched it but Sidebottom’s shot could not evade Tom Heggelman on the edge and he returned to wicketkeeper Wesley Barresi with the batsman just short of his crease.

Yorkshire made a disastrous start to their reply, with the first half of their order being removed for 27 to keen bowling on a pitch on which some deliveries seemed to stop on the batsmen. It took an eighth-wicket stand of 68 in 12 overs between the in-form Rich Pyrah and Rashid to give Yorkshire a half-chance of a substantial recovery.