Jacques back but Tykes go down again

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Jacques Rudolph can’t arrive quickly enough for Yorkshire after their latest Friends Life t20 yesterday evening.

It is hoped the South African is here in time for the Championship match with Lancashire, which starts on July 20 after the club announced the popular Kolpak player is set to return for the rest of the season.

In the meantime Yorkshire’s woes continued at Headingley as they lost by 18 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system to Leicestershire.

A slightly revised target of 193 in a match reduced to 19 overs a side by rain proved just out of the reach of a spirited Yorkshire who slid to their seventh defeat of the season in the competition.

A sixth-wicket assault of 42 in four overs between Gary Ballance and Jonny Bairstow was ended by Jigar Naik And with it their chance of victory.

Naik also had Richard Pyrah caught by Josh Cobb and two balls later Adil Rashid holed out to Andrew McDonald.

Naik was withdrawn from the attack after his solitary over had brought him three wickets for three runs and Bairstow was dismissed by Abdul Razzak, also for 25, as Yorkshire closed on 174 for nine.