Yorkshire shuffled their pack for today’s CB40 clash against the Warwickshire Bears with this week’s crucial LVCC tie against Gloucestershire in mind.
Despite the efforts of stand-in skipper Gary Ballance, the young Tykes XI were soundly beaten by a more experienced Bears side.
Following the last-gasp disappointment of t20 finals defeat against Hampshire at the Swalec Stadium in Swansea on Saturday, Ballance elected to bowl first after winning the toss, with overhead conditions conducive to swing.
The gloomy overhead conditions quickly turned to relentless rain and the umpires had no choice but to take the players off the field.
The players eventually returned with the revised schedule of 29 overs due to the time lost, and Varun Chopra departed for 15 when he nicked off down the legside and stand-in keeper Dan Hodgson safely pouched the catch.
Jim Troughtman came and went for just 1 when young spinner Joe Root took a superb diving catch to his left off his own bowling, but Chopra’s fellow opener Will Porterfield proved a little tougher to dislodge.
The Irishman was joined at the crease by former England stumper Tim Ambrose and the pair enjoyed a fruitful partnership.
Porterfield eventually made his way back to the pavilion seven short of his half-century when he top edged Adil Rashid through to the watchful Hodgson.
That only brought 38-year-old veteran Darren Maddy to the crease, and he continued where Porterfield had left off.
Maddy crashed two sixes and four fours on his way to a rapid 44 from 27 deliveries before he holed out to Root at long on.
But Ambrose remained and despite the quick wickets of Ricky Clarke, 1, and Steffan Piolet, 7, he stayed unbeaten at the end of their innings on 87 not out.
Ambrose’s knock encompassed nine fours and a six as he fired the Bears to a formidable 211. Steve Patterson was Yorkshire’s star man with the cherry, claiming 3-25 from his six-over spell.
Yorkshire needed a quick start to keep pace with the Bears’ imposing total, and that was far from the case as Scarborough batsman Adam Lyth was lbw by the pacey left-armer Neil Carter without scoring.
Root came and went for just one, chopping onto the stumps from a short and wide Carter delivery, and Yorkshire were really up against it.
Alex Lees made a steady 23 from 34 balls as he and Ballance started to steer the Tykes in the right direction, but he fell to Carter as well.
Debutant Jack Leaning looked tidy for his 11, but was bowled by spinner Paul Best, and it looked like it all depended on big-hitting Ballance.
The stand-in skipper didn’t disappoint the watching crowd as he went after the Bears attack, smashing the ball to all parts, and for a while it seemed he would possibly take Yorkshire to a surprise win.
But following huge shots into the crowd and one that nestled nicely in a Trafalgar Square back garden, he was caught trying to hit another maximum by Clarke off the bowling of Chris Wright for a superb 68, and the game was effectively over as a contest.
Oliver Hannon-Dalby offered the crowd an exciting cameo at the death, hitting three fours and a six in his unbeaten 21, but the earlier hand injury to Richard Pyrah and the wickets of Rashid, 0, Hodgson, 9, Patterson, 11, and Wardlaw, 1, sealed the win for the visitors in the early evening darkness at North Marine Road.
Carter bowled superbly for the Bears, taking 4-16 from his six overs, while Chris Wright bowled with real pace and venom, troubling the young Yorkshire batsmen with some superb bowling back of a length.
The star man for the Bears was wicket-keeper/batsman Ambrose though, his superb unbeaten 87 proving the difference between the sides in the end,
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