Tykes well beaten again despite Gale’s best efforts

PICTURE BY VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM...Cricket -T20 - Yorkshire v Warwickshire - Headingley, Leeds, England - 03/06/11...Yorkshire's Andrew Gale hits a six.
PICTURE BY VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM...Cricket -T20 - Yorkshire v Warwickshire - Headingley, Leeds, England - 03/06/11...Yorkshire's Andrew Gale hits a six.
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Yorkshire’s hopes of reaching the last eight of the Friends Life t20 were virtually ended at Headingley yesterday when they went down by six wickets to North Group leaders Nottinghamshire.

Yorkshire’s hopes of reaching the last eight of the Friends Life t20 were virtually ended at Headingley yesterday when they went down by six wickets to North Group leaders Nottinghamshire.

The only bright moment for the Tykes came when 26-year-old debutant fast bowler, Iain Wardlaw, gave them brief hope by getting rid of Riki Wessels and Tamim Iqbal in the space of four balls after the second wicket pair had rattled up 61 in seven overs as Notts chased a modest target of 153.

Before Wardlaw’s double strike, Notts had been given an encouraging start by Iqbal and Alex Hales who added 41 in six overs before Hales was caught at cover by Anthony McGrath off Richard Pyrah.

Adam Voges was bowled reverse sweeping at Azeem Rafiq to leave Notts on 105 for four but Chris Read and Scott Elstone knocked off the remaining runs with little trouble - Read virtually settling the issue by blasting Pyrah for consecutive mid-wicket sixes to finish 26 not out from 15 balls.

Once again, Yorkshire had captain Andrew Gale to thank for holding the innings together. He made 62 off 55 balls before Jonny Bairstow upped the tempo with a four and three sixes in his unbeaten 41 from 26 deliveries.

Winning the toss, Yorkshire lost a wicket in the second over when Joe Sayers was brilliantly caught left-handed by the diving Wessels at short extra cover. But early runs still came at a healthy rate as Lyth took consecutive boundaries off Andre Adams and Gale smacked Darren Pattinson for two fours and a six - the seamer going for 45 off three overs.

Yorkshire’s good work in front of a 4,904 crowd was quickly undone as both Lyth and Gary Ballance were run out and the out-of-form, McGrath, recalled to the side at the expense of Joe Root, edged an intended cut at Graeme White into Read’s gloves.

Both Lyth and Bairstow were made to work hard for their runs and Bairstow’s boundary off Voges was the first to be added in nine overs. Gale completed his 50 off 47 balls but the end came when he scooped Adams round the corner and into the waiting hands of Luke Fletcher.