Vikings v Lightning - NatWest T20 Blast
Tim’s Bresnan’s six for 19 helped Yorkshire win what was billed as the biggest NatWest T20 Blast Roses game ever by 19 runs to take a significant step towards the quarter-finals.
Chasing 183 in front of a 15,750 Headingley sell out, Lancashire were 163 all out as captain Bresnan took three of four wickets in the last over of the match.
With both sides sat immediately outside the North Group’s top four on eleven points from as many games beforehand, Lightning spinner Stephen Parry said he thought it was “the biggest Roses T20 we’ve ever played”.
But it was the Vikings who moved back into the top four after three successive defeats.
Lancashire, for whom captain Steven Croft top-scored with 62, must realistically win their last two matches and hope for other results to go their way.
Adam Lyth top-scored with 50 in Yorkshire’s 182 for seven, but leg-spinner Matt Parkinson pegged them back with career best figures of four for 23.
Bresnan’s figures were his and Yorkshire’s best ever.
The Vikings got off to a blistering start before slipping significantly as the Red Rose caught superbly.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore hoisted the second ball of the match from Croft over long-on for six on the way to 45 before Lyth really motored.
He took two sixes and two fours off Ryan McLaren in the fifth over as the hosts reached 77 without loss after six.
Lyth was dropped on 45 at short third-man as he reverse swept Parkinson’s first ball, Lancashire’s only blemish in the field.
But he reached 50 off 28 two balls later and fell with the sixth when he holed out to deep mid-wicket, leaving the score at 95 for one after eight.
Play was immediately halted for rain for almost half an hour before Parkinson claimed three more wickets caught at long-on as Yorkshire fell from 109 for one in the tenth.
He removed Kohler-Cadmore to leave the hosts two down at halfway before getting David Willey in his next over.
Croft then took a stunning diving catch to help get rid of Sarfaraz Ahmed, giving Parkinson his fourth and leaving Yorkshire 134 for four in the 14th.
Spin continued to prosper as Parry removed Shaun Marsh in the 16th over - 146 for five.
Jack Leaning hit a brisk 24 before holing out to Junaid Khan, who then only conceded five off the last over of the innings.
Yorkshire only scored 59 runs in the last nine overs.
Although Liam Livingstone hit three fours off Willey in the first over of the chase, Bresnan hit back in the third by getting the England man and Karl Brown caught at mid-off and deep square-leg in three balls as the score fell to 21 for two.
Croft then hit Willey for three fours in a row to end the power play at 47 for two.
If Croft’s catch to get rid of Sarfaraz was special, then Leaning’s one-handed stunner at deep cover to help Liam Plunkett remove pinch-hitter Arron Lilley in the eighth was something else as Lancashire fell to 63 for three.
The Lightning reached halfway at 81 for three, needing 103 with Jos Buttler at the crease.
But when he went, caught and bowled off Steve Patterson for 23, midway through the 14th over, Lancashire were 107 for four and had a mountain to climb.
Croft reached 50 off 38 balls immediately afterwards, but he was stumped off Adil Rashid before Bresnan bowled McLaren.
The target became 40 from the last two overs and, at 160 for six, 23 off the last.
Bresnan had Dane Vilas caught at long-off, Jordan Clark at deep mid-wicket and ran out Parry in three balls before bowling Junaid Khan.