Yorkshire hammer Glamorgan to reach T20 Finals Day in style
Yorkshire Vikings 180-8 (Willey 79, Ingram 4-32) beat
Glamorgan 90 (Rashid 4-26) by 90 runs
NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final, Cardiff
Yorkshire Vikings produced an utterly dominant performance to thrash Glamorgan by 90 runs in Cardiff and take their place in NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day, easily winning the first ever Twenty20 meeting between the two sides.
Both sides were chasing a second Finals Day appearance but it was Yorkshire who prevailed after they dismissed Glamorgan for 90 in 13 overs after setting them 181 to win.
David Willey struck a quickfire half-century, hitting 79 in just 38 balls as Yorkshire posted 180 for eight, Colin Ingram taking four wickets to peg them back after a stunning start to their innings.
Glamorgan were quickly in trouble with the bat and subsided to their lowest ever Twenty20 score as Adil Rashid matched Ingram's feat of taking four wickets and Tim Bresnan grabbed a brace.
Yorkshire won the toss and chose to bat first, and were boosted by Rashid's availability which offset the absence of Travis Head, while they also brought young quick Matthew Waite into their side.
Glamorgan were more settled as the last side from the South Group remaining in the competition but came into this match on a run of just one T20 win in five matches, and started on the back foot when Timm van der Gugten delivered a wide first ball and Jacques Rudolph dropped Adam Lyth, who then hit the first boundary of the game through the off-side. Willey opened his boundary account with a brace in the next over as Graham Wagg shared the new ball for Glamorgan.
Glamorgan turned to Michael Hogan who was hammered over mid-wicket by Willey for the game's first six and then twice driven down the ground for four as Yorkshire got off to a flying start, finishing the third over on 32 without loss.
Lyth (8) then hit Shaun Tait for four before picking out Rudolph at mid-off and this time he made no mistake to reduce Yorkshire to 36 for one. Alex Lees relieved some of the pressure Glamorgan had been building with a sumptuous cover drive for four off Tait, a no ball he clipped for another boundary, a free hit which he blasted for six and another boundary as Yorkshire ended their powerplay on a very healthy 61 for one.
Willey cracked Craig Meschede for a leg-side six and later brought up his half-century with another six, this one off Hogan. His fifth T20 half-century came off 28 balls, and the runs kept on coming as another six helped Yorkshire reach 101 for one in nine overs and after a tidy first over from Ingram, Yorkshire were 106 for one at halfway.
Glamorgan badly needed a wicket and got it when Lees didn't get enough on a drive and was caught at long-off by Hogan off Wagg for 36 in 24 balls. There was seemingly no stopping Willey, however, who continued to clear the boundary with huge leg-side sixes off Wagg and Ingram, until the latter bowled him for a quite magnificent 79 in 38 deliveries. In all he hit seven fours and six sixes before his departure left Yorkshire on 134 for three.
Jack Leaning fell in Ingram's next over for 10, also bowled attempting to hit the ball a long way before Will Rhodes was trapped in front for one as Yorkshire made it to 151 for five after 15 overs.
The South African, bowling a mix of deliveries and spinning the ball both ways, had his fourth wicket when Liam Plunkett (3) was well caught by Wagg at straight long-off and finished with figures of four for 32. He was soon back in the action as he caught Bresnan at third man for nine off the returning van der Gugten as wickets continued to tumble. Rashid (5) was next to go, caught by Hogan off van der Gugten, who finished with two for 22, in the penultimate over.
Making his first Yorkshire start of the season, Waite showed some deft touches to finish not out on 19 in 15 balls as Yorkshire reached the 180-run mark from the last ball, Andrew Hodd (1) the other unbeaten batsman.
After having started brightly with the bat, Yorkshire got the ideal start with the ball as Bresnan bowled David Lloyd via an inside edge for a golden duck to pile the pressure on the home side before Ingram hit Glamorgan's first four to get them up and running. He followed it up with two more fours off Willey's first over and Mark Wallace (6) lifted Bresnan over fine leg for his first boundary before drilling the ball straight to Plunkett at short extra cover to leave Glamorgan 23 for two after three overs.
Yorkshire opted to keep Willey on and reaped the reward when he got enough movement to burst through Aneurin Donald (1) and take out his off stump. Waite came on and put an early no ball behind him to pick up the big wicket of Ingram (16 in 13 balls), who was caught by Rhodes at third man as the ball flew off a top edge, leaving Glamorgan in all sorts of trouble at 30 for four after five overs.
It got worse very quickly when Plunkett was too quick for Wagg (4), bowling him all ends up for two in the sixth over and Glamorgan's powerplay ended with them on a desperate 34 for five. Little was going their way, evidenced when Meschede hit Rashid hard down the ground only to be brilliantly caught by Plunkett on the long-on boundary although Andrew Salter did manage to follow up with his side's first six of the innings.
Rudolph began a counter-attack with three fours off Plunkett to lead Glamorgan to the halfway stage at 59 for six - still needing another 121 to win from 60 balls. He took on Rashid in the next over with another boundary but as soon as he was off strike, Rashid bowled Salter with a googly for nine. The next ball he faced, he was gone, well caught by Lyth in the deep for 26 in 25 balls off Azeem Rafiq and that was the signal for some of the home fans to start leaving the ground with their side on 79 for eight after 12 overs
Some late blows from van der Gugten and Hogan gave those that remained something to cheer before the former was caught by Waite off Rashid for 13 and the latter bowled for 12 as Rashid claimed figures of four for 26 and Bresnan two for 13.
The convincing win from Yorkshire completed a clean sweep for the sides from the North Group in the quarter-finals.
They will be joined at Finals Day on 20th August at Edgbaston by Notts Outlaws, Northants Steelbacks and Durham Jets and on this evidence they will be as hard to beat as anyone.
Durham and Yorkshire meet in the first semi-final before Notts and Northants face off in the second match of the day.
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