Root, Miller And Ballance Pummel Pears
Yorkshire 212-5 (Root 65, Miller 50) beat
Worcestershire 183-6 (Starc 3-24) by 29 runs
Third FLt20 Quarter-Final
Gary Ballance helped Yorkshire hit 72 runs from the final four overs of their innings; something which proved to be the difference for the home side in their Friends Life t20 quarter-final against Worcestershire. They prevailed by 29 runs in a high-scoring encounter at Headingley.
Ballance struck 46 not out from 20 balls and hit five sixes in all – four of them off the final over from David Lucas – and had earlier put on 47 in four overs with South African David Miller, who had been almost as destructive during his 25-ball 50.
This had followed a sublime knock by Joe Root which had helped the hosts recover from the early loss of Phil Jaques. He added 59 in 38 balls with his captain Andrew Gale (30 from 23 balls) and hit 11 fours during his innings of 65 from 40 balls. Yorkshire ended on 212 for five with Daryl Mitchell and Moeen Ali the only Worcestershire bowlers to return respectable figures with two for 23 and none for 29 respectively from their four overs.
Considering the Pears lost both their openers, Vikram Solanki and Moeen Ali, within the first three overs of their run chase, they actually did rather well to reach the score that they eventually did, and more or less kept up with where Yorkshire had been for all but the last four overs of their innings.
Phil Hughes batted for the entire 18 overs following the loss of Solanki and ended on 80 not out from 53 balls. He enjoyed good support from James Cameron (29 from 23 balls) and Gareth Andrew (27 from 16) and added partnerships of 75 and 48 with the pair. Indeed, when he and Andrew were tucking into the likes of Rich Pyrah and Adil Rashid with relish, it looked as if Worcestershire may even pull off the unthinkable.
However, Andrew holed out off the bowling of Azeem Rafiq – who bowled intelligently in taking one for 26 – and they never mounted a serious challenge thereafter. Mitchell Starc returned to bowl two of the final three overs and took a wicket in each of them to end with figures of three for 24 and restrict the visitors to a respectable, but insufficient, 183 for six.
© Cricket World 2012
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